International Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Society Elects Victoria Soltis-Jarrett to Leadership Post

Victoria Soltis-Jarrett has just learned that she has been elected President-Elect of the International Society for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (ISPN). Her term runs from today through April, 2012.  She will be working with the board of directors to set goals and objectives to unite and strengthen the presence and voice of specialty advanced practice PMH nurses by (a) increasing national awareness of PMH exemplars in practice, education, research; (b) maintaining and growing collaborations with national organizations influencing practice; and (c) increasing the breath of member publications and presentations at national meetings.

Victoria will be working closely with both national and international leaders in psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing and other nursing organizations. Please join me in congratulating Victoria for this international recognition of her leadership in PMH nursing.

SON to Be Site of Hong Kong/UNC Nursing Discussions

The School of Nursing will be the site of in-depth research conversations on Feb. 5, 2010. Five delegates from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with whom the SON has a Memorandum of Understanding, will be at the School to discuss many areas in which both institutions intend to collaborate in the future.

Most of the dialogue will focus on end-of-life care, geriatrics, pressure ulcer management, oncology, peri-operative nursing, cognitive impairment, leadership, ethics and legal issues and psychiatric-mental health.

Two main events are planned for Feb. 5. The Hong Kong delegation will make a presentation on the research agenda of their school from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in L700 in the new addition of Carrington Hall. Immediately following the presentation, SON faculty will have the opportunity to engage the Hong Kong delegation in discussions about mutual teaching and research interests. Associate Professor Jennifer Leeman will facilitate these conversations from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Associate Professor Ed Halloran, who spent two years at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will host.

Esther Mok, professor and associate head (postgraduate studies and management) will lead the Hong Kong delegation. She is also a researcher and lecturer in end-of-life care.  She serves on the review panel of the Hong Kong Nursing Journal and the Asian Journal of Nursing Studies and is on the International Advisory Board for the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Enid Kwong, associate professor and chair of the School Research Committee, has research interests in geriatric care and pressure ulcer management.

Shirley Ching is an assistant professor and the program leader of the full-time government-funded Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Nursing that has more than 800 students. With a focus on cancer nursing, she received the Young Investigator Award 2001 from the Hong Kong International Cancer Congress.

Justina Liu currently teaches undergraduate gerontological nursing and serves as the deputy program leader of the full-time government-funded BSN program. She also oversees student exchange with institutions in Australia, Europe and North and South Americas. Liu’s interests include peri-operative nursing, surgical nursing and management of behavioral problems in people with cognitive impairment.

Frederick Yeung is the program leader of the newly operated full-time government-funded Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Mental Health Nursing. He teaches undergraduate subjects in healthcare leadership roles and management functions, ethical and legal aspects and mental health nursing. Yeung has served The Hong Kong College of Mental Health Nursing as the president and council member since 1999. His research focus is in mental health nursing and nursing management.

SON Welcomes Cheryl Giscombe to Faculty

Cheryl Giscombé, PhD, RN, has accepted an offer to join the faculty as a member of the SON’s Health Care Environments division. Giscombé will be recommended for a faculty appointment as assistant professor, and her nine-month academic year faculty appointment will begin July 1, 2009.

Giscombé began her career with a bachelor’s in psychology at NC Central University and subsequently earned her BSN and master’s degree in psychology from SUNY Stony Brook in New York. In 2005, she completed a PhD in Social/Health Psychology at SUNY Stony Brook and began a post-doctoral fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, working with faculty members Debra Barksdale and Linda Beeber. She extended her post-doctoral period in order to complete the master’s degree in the SON’s psych-mental health nurse practitioner option.

Giscombé’s research focuses on stress-related health disparities and biopsychosocial, cultural and historical determinants of mental health outcomes in African-American women. She conducted her dissertation research on African-American women’s well-being with a grant from the American Psychological Association. During her post-doctoral fellowship, she served as a research associate in the Carolina Lupus Study and conducted research on “superwomen schema” with a grant from the SON’s Center for Innovation in Health Disparities Research. She successfully competed for an R21 NIH grant, “A mindfulness-based intervention to reduce diabetes risk in pre-diabetic African-Americans,” that will begin soon with funding from the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

Giscombé has five years of teaching assistant and instructor experience in psychology and has also served as an instructor in health assessment and psychiatric/mental health nursing undergraduate courses
at UNC. In her first year on the faculty, she will be principal investigator on her research grant and will establish a psych/mental health nurse practitioner practice. Her teaching contributions will be primarily in the area of psych/mental health nursing.


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