Rumay Alexander Named Faculty of the Year

Rumay Alexander, director of the School of Nursing’s Office of Multicultural

Office of Multicultural Affairs Director Rumay Alexander received the Faculty of the Year Award.

Affairs, received the Faculty of the Year award from the UNC Health Care Nursing Retention Committee and UNC Health Care Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Mary Tonges.

According to Tonges, Alexader’s award is based on her “exemplary collaboration with UNC Health Care, her ongoing commitment to nursing, her dedication to the Diversity Council, and her expertise which  enables UNC to function more efficiently each day.”

Congratulations, Rumay!

Rumay Alexander Receives National Diversity Award

Professor Rumay Alexander received the 2010 Prism Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) for her work promoting diversity.

The Prism Award recognizes an individual’s efforts to advance

Prof. Rumay Alexander received the 2010 Prism Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

diversity in the nursing workforce and augment understanding of diversity issues through events or activities in a healthcare facility or in the community.

Alexander has been a strong, consistent leader in the field of nursing for more than 25 years. During this time, she has actively advocated for cultural diversity, its understanding, embracement and application. She has played a large role in developing and implementing cultural understanding and application of multicultural concepts at the School of Nursing, most specifically through the Courageous Dialogues series which encourages open conversation about diversity issues and the Office of Multicultural Affairs Book Club.

As part of AONE, Alexander has served on the AONE Diversity Committee and was instrumental in crafting the initial AONE position statement on diversity.

Faculty Member Elected to National League for Nursing Board of Governors

Professor Rumay Alexander was elected to the National League for Nursing’s Board of Governors during the organization’s recent annual business meeting in Philadelphia.

Rumay Alexander was elected to the National League for Nursing's Board of Governors.

Rumay Alexander was elected to the National League for Nursing's Board of Governors.

More than 1,800 nurse educators from across the globe attended the conference.

Alexander’s term will run from 2009 to 2012.

SON Professor Discusses Changing Face of Nursing on Radio

Clinical associate professor Rumay Alexander, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, discussed the changing face of nursing on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins , WFAE-FM on May 8, 2009. Throughout the hour-long interview, she highlighted the growth of and need for more diversity within the nursing profession. She also touched on the ethnic and racial changes that are taking place in the patient population and the need for nurses to be adequately prepared to provide appropriate care to these various groups. To listen to the full interview: http://nursing.unc.edu/new/inthenews.html

National League for Nursing CEO Malone to Speak in Chapel Hill on the State of Admissions, Diversity

New York, NY — March 3, 2008 — The National League for Nursing’s much anticipated annual Nursing Data Review Academic Year 2005-06 has been released, and this year’s is a decidedly good news/bad news report. It casts a wide lens on all types of pre-licensure nursing programs, including those offering diploma, associate and baccalaureate degrees, to determine rates of application, enrollment and graduation. The review also provides a comprehensive demographic profile of the current student population, documenting ethnic-racial identity, gender, and age. On the positive front, the survey shows a marked increase in the percentage of graduating pre-licensure students who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups, with the increase distributed across all racial and ethnic categories: Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians.

“Because research increasingly links minority health disparities to a lack of cultural competence on the part of health care providers, who often differ from their patients with respect to racial-ethnic background, this is a promising finding,” observed NLN CEO Beverly Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN.

Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, director of multicultural affairs at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, served on the NLN Think Tank on Diversity.

Malone will speak to the nurse educator shortage and other issues on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:00 p.m. at the Carolina Club on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

The NLN reports that applications to RN programs fell a notable 8.7 percent in 2005-06, down from a peak in applications a year earlier. The drop is suspected to be the result of widespread awareness of the difficulty of gaining entry to nursing school, fueled by the continuing crippling shortage of nurse educators. By all indications, unmet demand for placement persists, with 88,000 qualified applications — one in three of all applications submitted — denied. Baccalaureate degree programs turned away 20 percent of its applications, while associate degree programs turned away 32.7 percent.

A PDF of the Executive Summary of Nursing Data Review Academic Year 2005-06

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