RN-BSN and Women’s Health NP Options Suspended as of August

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing will suspend admissions into the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) option of the BSN program and the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner option in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program after August 2011.

These programmatic changes are necessary because of ongoing state budget cuts. In January, Chancellor Holden Thorp instituted campus-wide cuts equal to a 5 percent permanent state budget reduction to take effect July 1. That move anticipated expected reductions to the University’s state appropriations that could reach as high as 15 percent for fiscal 2011-2012. These anticipated cuts come on top of almost 10 percent in permanent cuts that the School of Nursing has absorbed over the last two years.

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Nurse Practitioners are Trusted Healthcare Partners

 WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — When you have your annual check-up with your healthcare practitioner, who do you typically see? If you’re seeing a nurse practitioner (NP)—advanced practice nurses —you can feel comfortable that they are providing high-quality healthcare services, focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. Nurse practitioners are known for helping patients make wise health and lifestyle choices.

While research(1) conducted by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) shows that 81 percent of Americans have had or know someone who has had a direct experience with a nurse practitioner, still many are not sure exactly what role this valuable healthcare practitioner plays in the healthcare paradigm. And as consumers are increasingly consulting with or being treated by a nurse practitioner, they may be curious about (or lack information on) what a nurse practitioner does generally, and what capabilities they have. In fact, 60 percent of U.S. adults admitted that they have no idea what a nurse practitioner’s capabilities are, or they could not articulate them. It may be time to brush up on that knowledge: who is the nurse practitioner?

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Debra Barksdale Appointed to National Health Panel

Debra Barksdale, PhD, RN, CFNP, CANP

Debra Barksdale, PhD, RN, CFNP, CANP

, associate professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has been appointed to a new national health-care research panel. Barksdale (PhD, RN, CFNP, CANP) is one of the 19 members of the Board of Governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The institute was established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, part of the federal government’s health-care reform legislation signed into law earlier this year. The Act specified that at least one nurse be on the board, and Barksdale will fulfill this requirement.

“There are some major needs regarding health and health care in our country, and I hope to be able to make a contribution,” Barksdale said. “I bring my knowledge and skill as a researcher, primary care nurse practitioner, and educator to the board. I will also be an advocate for the disadvantaged, underserved and underrepresented in regard to issues of health and research.”

The institute’s role is to assist patients, clinicians, purchasers and policymakers in making informed health decisions by carrying out research projects. Those studies should provide quality, relevant evidence on how diseases, disorders and other health conditions can effectively and appropriately be prevented, diagnosed, treated, monitored and managed.

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Debra Barksdale Elected President-Elect for National Nurse Practitioner Organization

Associate Professor Debra J. Barksdale was elected as president-elect for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF). She will begin her term

Associate Professor Debra J. Barksdale will begin her term as president-elect during the week of April 12, 2010.

in the week of April 12, 2010, during the 36th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Her tenure will run through 2012.

As president-elect, Barksdale will serve as chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) Steering Committee and the liaison for the SIG Steering Committee. She will also represent SIG issues on the Board of Directors.

Congratulations, Debra!


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