Join Us in London!

The School of Nursing will take London by storm in March 2010, and we want you to come with us. This is the first time the SON Alumni Association has offered this trip to alumni, donors and friends.

Faculty expert and SON Alumni Board member Laura Nasir will lead a group of SON students through London during Spring Break (March 7-March 13). Nasir is currently

King's College of London will be host to various parts of the School of Nursing's March 2010 trip to London.

King's College in London will be host to various parts of the School of Nursing's March 2010 trip to London.

studying for her doctorate at King’s College in London, and she will introduce you to our sister colleagues there.
Associate director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs Anne Webb will meet you at your 4-star hotel and will accompany you throughout the week. You will see many of London’s historic sites that highlight the origins of medicine and nursing, including the Victorian Hospital and the Florence Nightingale Museum.

We will focus on a variety of multidisciplinary, cross-cultural learning experiences, including comparison between the U.S. and U.K. healthcare systems with discussions around healthcare reform, setting up multidisciplinary teams in primary care settings, issues addressing healthcare quality, safety and innovation, integrating healthcare and the humanities and global perspectives.

This is a unique opportunity for you to mingle with current students and faculty, meeting British healthcare leaders and educators and enjoy the sights and sounds on one of the world’s great cities. Optional activities can include an evening (for two) in the famed theatre district, visits to outdoor markets and gardens, historic sights and shopping.

Carolina SON alumni, spouses and friends are all welcome to participate with us.

Space is limited to eight individuals, and we must have at least six participants to offer the trip.

This travel adventure includes:

  • Six nights lodging in a 4-star hotel
  • Six breakfasts
  • Two group dinners
  • King’s College Private Tour
  • Two museum tours: Victoria Hospital Walking Tour and Florence Nightingale Museum
  • UNC’s Winston House-London reception and lecture
  • A range of educational sessions
  • Time to explore on your own

Early Bird Registration:  $1,685.00 (double-occupancy) if you register before Dec. 1, 2009

After Dec. 1, the registration is $1,885.00 (double-occupancy)

Single Supplement:  Add $985.00

Deposit:  $500 to secure your space

Optional CEUs Offered:  $295

If you wish to earn 16 CEUs for the educational offerings, there is an additional per person cost of $295.00.  You will have the opportunity to participate in various educational sessions with the students and faculty during the week and complete a self-report.

What is not included?

Airfare, taxes, service charges, ground transportation to and from the airport; taxis and other ground transportation or excursions while in London; additional meals and snacks not specified above; alcohol; tips and gratuities; insurance and incidentals.

Air Transportation From N.C. to London

You will be responsible for booking and paying for your own airplane ticket. We request that you arrive in London at the hotel (to be arranged) by 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2010. We will arrange for an evening welcome and orientation for the week.

To register, contact one of us and we will send you a registration form:

Norma Hawthorne, Director of Advancement

Norma_Hawthorne@unc.edu

or Anne Webb, Associate Director of Advancement

Anne_Webb@unc.edu

(919) 966-4619

Biloxi/Hurricane Katrina Trip Update Part 2

The crew in Mississippi has continued to enjoy beautiful weather and offer multiple methods of outreach to the communities in Southern Mississippi affected by Hurricane Katrina. We continued home visits, as well as home repairs with Habitat for Humanity. Several students from the Schools of Nursing and Social Work set up a make-shift clinic at the local volunteer fire department in Pearlington, Miss. Students checked blood sugars and took blood pressures to screen for hypertension, and they also did some patient teaching and provided social services to the 12 residents who came to the clinic. On Wednesday afternoon the entire group took the bus to New Orleans. We toured the areas of the city that were devastated when the levies broke and flooded the city. It was an eye-opening experience for the group to see the continued devastation and destruction left by the storm. It was a great opportunity to see the more televised aspects of the storm as they are now. Students were struck by the remaining amount of work and reconstruction New Orleans faces in the future. We all sampled traditional New Orleans fare at dinner in the French Quarter. It was a great evening!
We have one more day of work tomorrow and will, then, be boarding the bus. We plan to drive through the night and will arrive in Chapel Hill early Saturday morning. It’s been a great trip!

Biloxi/Hurricane Katrina Trip Update

School of Nursing students and faculty are on-site in Mississippi, assisting the Hurricane Katrina-stricken community during Spring Break. Here’s an update:

The 30 participants comprised of students and faculty from the SON, School of Public Health and School of Social Work arrived in Biloxi, Miss., safely after a 15-hour bus ride. Students and faculty began work in the surrounding communities affected by Hurricane Katrina the following morning. Groups participated in a variety of outreach activities, including home health visits, construction with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering in a free medical clinic. Students were shocked to find the communities still in dire need of assistance and have found great satisfaction in helping those in need. For example, one group helped a family who had been living in a FEMA trailer since the storm move into a house they could now call home. The students helping the family felt a great sense of accomplishment and pride in serving this family and others like it. Students from each school have particularly enjoyed the interdisciplinary interaction during home visits that has proved beneficial in providing a more holistic approach to care. As we continue to get to know the community of Biloxi we look forward to the people we’ll meet and the impact we’ll have.

The Collection Box

This year the School will send 30 students, mainly from the BSN and MSN programs, to Honduras to run and assist with health clinics, feeding programs and visiting orphanages and hospitals as ambassadors from UNC. The trip, from March 6-15, 2008, will focus on increasing the cultural understanding of migrant Latino health issues and applying this knowledge to the growing Hispanic population in North Carolina.

Student’s individual cost for this trip is $1,300. Although some medical professionals have volunteered their time and some medicines and supplies have been donated through the non-profit organization Compassion Med International, trip participants still need financial funding to purchase supplies here and in Honduras. The following donations would also be helpful:

Over-the-counter meds:
Tylenol 325mg (60 bottles x 100ct)
Tylenol 500mg (50 bottles x 100ct)
Cough Drops (~20bags of 30 or more ct)
Neosporin (20 tubes x 30gm)
Hydrocortisone 0.5% (25 tubes 15gm or 30gm)
Hydrocortisone 1.0% (25 tubes 15 gm or 30gm)
Lotrimin Cream 1.0%(antifungal cream) (25 tubes)
Vaginal Cream [anti-yeast] – 15-20 tubes
Poly-vi-sol (10-15 bottles)
Pepto-Bismol tablets ( 20 boxes )
Children’s Vitamins
Adult Vitamins
Prenatal vitamins
Ibuprofen 200mg

School supplies:
New or nearly new children’s book bags and light weight school supplies (paper will be purchased in Honduras)

A collection box will be placed outside the Division 2 door on the 4th floor of Carrington Hall. Another box will be in front of Jean Davison’s office door, 535. Please mail financial donations to Compassion Med International, 200 Sage Rd., Chapel Hill, N.C., 27514.

With the support of SON faculty and staff, 20 participants worked in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, during Spring Break 2007. The team saw more than 300 patients daily in the clinic, and they delivered food packets to feed 30 families for a week. They also provided clothing, vitamins and medicines to an orphanage, visited and gave medical supplies to a local hospital and provided vitamins and anti-parasitic medications to thousands of children.

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