School of Nursing Newsletter

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Volume 10, Issue 1 December 2016 - January 2017

Greetings from the Director

Badzek photoThe School of Nursing has had a fantastic first semester of our 2016-17 academic year. We now have the largest enrollment in our school history in all of our programs combined. Clinical Research BS, MS, the Family Nurse Practitioner-MSN, and our online RN-BS have reached enrollment highs. We also welcomed our first Doctor of Nursing Practice students this fall, putting total enrollment numbers approaching 1,700. Our faculty numbers similarly climbed to 50 with an additional five staff employees. 

With enrollments climbing, our graduate numbers are also reaching new heights. Our December Awards Ceremony for nursing recognized 177 graduates.  We know they will SOAR doing good work that will assure a healthier world. Congratulations to all our graduates and alumni who make UNCW School of Nursing a proud and prestigious institution!

We celebrate 2016 as a year of awards, accolades, grants, presentations and publications by our wonderful faculty members and students. We also celebrate a lifetime of achievement and amazing service to our school by Jeanne Kemppainen who retired on January 1.  Jeanne is an amazing teacher, mentor, researcher and scholar. As our first Irwin Belk Distinguished Professor in Nursing, she has done so much to promote health and nursing care for underserved and vulnerable populations. Her mentoring of students and faculty have helped to create a new generation of scholars and researchers especially here in our school. She will be greatly missed and we wish her well.

Happy Holidays filled with peace, love and joy--along with a good dose of health and wellness.

                                                                        Be well, Laurie


Notable Recognition

Patty White PhotoSeveral faculty have achieved recognition for outstanding teaching practices, mentoring students and leadership in organizational activities. (more)

Notable Achievement

Faculty and student achievements occurred throughout the semester in presentations, publications, grant awards and service on national and local levels. (more)

DNP Program Welcomes its First Cohort

The DNP Program welcomed the first cohort of students in August 2016. RuthAnne Kuiper and a team of graduate faculty developed an innovative approach to this program of study. The DNP is a practice-focused terminal degree earned by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Students analyze systems of care and provide transformational leadership that influences and impacts patient safety and quality of culturally competent care. (more)

Congratulations to the Dec. '16 Graduates

School of Nursing pinCongratulations to the 35 graduate students in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, 46 pre-licensure students and 192 RN-BS students on their recent graduation. A complete listing of the graduates is presented.  (more)

Graduate Awards Announced

Recipients of the December 2016 SON Nursing Awards were announced at the Awards Ceremony on Dec. 9. Excellence Awards and Achievement Awards for graduates in the graduate, prelicensure and RN-BS programs were also announced.  (more)

Clinical Research News

Kerr and Giordano PhotoClinical Research faculty assist in the development of new medical device as well as travel the world and the U.S. to make presentations. Assistant Professor of Clinical Research Jared Kerr, Associate Professor of Clinical Research Susan Sinclair and Exercise Science student David Giordano are part of an interdisciplinary research team testing a device to aid COPD patients breathe a little easier.   (more)

Nu Omega Chapter Inducts New Members

Sigma Theta Tau logoCongratulations to the students and nurse leaders for their recent induction into the Nu Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  (more)

Nu Omega Chapter Research Day

The Nu Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society conducted its 23rd Annual Research Conference on Nov. 4. The conference consisted of four podium and eight poster presentations. Awards were announced to presenters in various categories.  (more)

Honor Students Present Projects

Crystal Tomburo (Dec. '16) and Jaime Michelle Sing Lewis (Dec. '16) received Honors medallions for successfully completing the Nursing Honors requirements for graduation, which includes individual research projects and their defense. Both students were presented with their medallions at the Honors Medallion Ceremony on Dec. 4. (more)

Reflection Day

Kaitlyn Rowe at Reflection Day PhotoUndergraduate pediatrics and community nursing courses collaborated to engage students in learning the art of nursing through their reflective projects. Students chose clients who had made impression upon them during their community or pediatric clinical rotations. Using an artistic expression of understanding the "whole" person, each student made a presentation to the class at an event on Nov. 29.  (more)

International Travel:  Cuba and Belize

Cuban Flag PhotoTravel opportunities for cultural immerson and research opportunities in Cuba and clinical practice in Belize are being planned.  (more

News from the SLC

The past semester is not unlike others in the Simulation Learning Center (SLC) as far as innovative activities and the high quality of learning opportunities. New equipment was added and facility renovation was completed to maximize student and community utilization.  (more)

Randall Library News

John Osinski PhotoJohn Osinski, Randall Library Health and Human Sciences Librarian, continues to make access to various nursing databases easily accessible. New databases have also been added.  (more