Bice Wins Rising Research Achievement Award

May 18, 2022 - Dr. April Bice, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has won an inaugural UNC Wilmington Rising Research Achievement Award. The Rising Research Excellence Award honors faculty who are generating a substantial volume of high-quality research, innovation, scholarship, and creative work, and who are emerging as leaders in their fields as recognized by their peers. Winners receive $2,500 to support research related activities.

April BiceDr. Bice’s research focuses on pediatric nursing pain and comfort management, holistic comfort care of individuals and general pediatric holistic health. After receiving the news, Dr. Bice says she was honored to be selected as one of the Rising Research Excellence recipients. “This is more than an award to me. It is recognition of impactful work revolving around enhancement of pediatric holistic comfort. It is also further research support for investigating the need for comfort or the effects of lacking holistic comfort care in youth," she said.  

Dr. Beth Gazza, associate director for faculty and staff development in the School of Nursing says of her colleague, “Dr. Bice has generated a substantial volume of high-quality research, innovation, scholarship and is a leader in comfort care and comfort care theory. What is most striking to me is the extent to which she integrates comfort theory into her practice as a nurse and nurse faculty member.”

Dr. Bice has been a registered nurse in the field of pediatrics for 14 years. Her focus and expertise has been on pediatric health and wellness, pediatric pain management and pediatric procedural comfort enhancement. Dr. Bice has experience caring for hospitalized and outpatient children in the areas of hematology/oncology, surgery, emergency care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, primary care, and care at the end-of-life. She also works part-time as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a pediatric primary care office in Wilmington.

Rising Research Achievement awardees will be celebrated and recognized at the Research Reception in the fall of 2022.