School of Nursing Newsletter

Farewell to Carol Heinrich and Anne-Marie Goff

Photo of Carol and Anne-MarieOur most recent faculty retirees, Carol Heinrich and Anne-Marie Goff, are humble to a fault.  They are the quiet ones, but the ones we have come to rely upon and cheer us on. The impact each has had on the School of Nursing over the past decade and beyond is extraordinary and diverse. Words are difficult to find to do justice to their accomplishments and to express our sincerest appreciation. 

Carol Heinrich arrived on the UNCW campus in August 2005. She was drawn by warm weather, coastal living, the reputation of UNCW (especially the SON) and the opportunity to teach in both graduate (FNP and Nurse Educator) and undergraduate programs. Carol was the driving force behind the program evaluation and assessment for successful CCNE accreditation in 2009 and the mid-cycle report in 2014.

In 2013 Carol was instrumental in starting the Online Accelerated RN to BS program, the initial enrollment of which was 25 students, which has increased since then to 1,300. The innovative seven-week course terms with six admission periods, faculty working with teaching associates, faculty workload guidelines, a new advising model and collaboration with faculty and staff in CHHS have contributed to success of many other departmental programs throughout the UNCW campus.

Carol also played a strategic role in the startup program Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses in NC in 2013 partnering with Cape Fear Community College and later Sampson Community College. (Plans are underway to include Fayetteville Technical Community College and Brunswick Community College.) Carol’s committee/council contributions are too numerous to name, but the various positions she has held over the past 12 years include: Program Evaluation Committee Chair, RN-BS Program Coordinator, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs and lead faculty in CHHS Academic Operations. For two consecutive years Carol led graduate and undergraduate students in three-week study abroad programs in Peru, where the clinical experiences were based in primary care clinics, child care and senior centers and home visits.   

Anne-Marie Goff appeared on campus in 2007. Shortly thereafter she played a strategic role on the SON Curriculum Committee, where the prelicensure curriculum was evaluated and subsequently revised to reflect current demands in healthcare and to incorporate faculty and student preferences. It was partially under Anne-Marie’s leadership that prelicensure curricula innovations were explored and put into place. The meticulous and painstaking deliberations of the Curriculum Committee resulted in the addition of a fifth semester of study, the revision of several of the current nursing courses and creation of new ones, authorization of additional clinical hours each semester, utilization of extra simulation experiences and expansion of a capstone to become a separate course with increased work hours. 

In addition, Anne-Marie has served on the CHHS Curriculum Committee during its initial development. She has been the Prelicensure Program Coordinator for the past two years and the maternal-infant nursing course coordinator for the last eight years. Serving as faculty advisor to the Association of Nursing Students for the past six years, she has guided students to strengthen and expand the organization. This summer Anne-Marie will present her longitudinal study, “Stressors and Learned Resourcefulness in Baccalaureate Nursing Students" at the Excellence in Teaching for Nurse Educators Institute, UNC Chapel Hill; the International Conference on Nursing Science and Practice in Dallas, TX; and the Higher Education in a Global World Symposium in Athens, Greece. Anne-Marie hopes to continue writing and nursing research during retirement. 

These two individuals made their contributions to the SON appear effortless to achieve. Yet behind the scenes, they were the guiding forces of the planning and implementation of major programs. They not only advocated success, they achieved it and on all levels of the programs they helped create, develop and evaluate. 

Carol and Anne-Marie, we extend to you heartfelt appreciation for being the resources we all trusted and for your devotion to excellence among faculty and students alike. Our sincerest good wishes for a happy and healthy retirement!