School of Nursing News & Events Archive


ARN Creates Barbara Lutz Stroke Rehabilitation Grant

11/20 - Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) has announced the creation of The Barbara Lutz Stroke Rehabilitation Grant, developed to honor the 2019-2020 ARN President, Barbara J. Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN PHNA-BC, FAHA, FAAN, and provide funding to pursue stroke research and educational opportunities for rehabilitation nurses.

Dr. Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing. Certified as a rehabilitation nurse and an advanced public health nurse, Lutz received her BSN from the University of Iowa, her MS in community health from Northern Illinois University, and MSN and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lutz has more than 30 years of experience as a public health, home health, and rehabilitation nurse.

School of Nursing Named a Finalist for 2020 Health Care Heroes Award in Innovation

10/16/20 - UNCW’s School of Nursing is a finalist for a Health Care Heroes Award in the category of Innovation in Health Care. The awards, presented by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, honor people and organizations that enhance the quality of health care in the Cape Fear region.

Two students, Evonne Meyreles ’21 (nursing) and Alex Payton ’22 (public health and Spanish), have been selected as the UNCW student scholars as part of the Health Care Heroes Awards. They will receive $500 scholarships sponsored by Delta Dental.

SON Faculty Researches Nurse Educator Experiences During Pandemic

9/20 - SON Professor and Associate Director for Faculty and Staff Development Dr. Elizabeth Gazza completed a research study on the experience of being a full-time academic nurse educator during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty Honored with Annual Awards

09/20 - UNCW honored the dedication and talents of its faculty at the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 10. Provost James J. Winebrake announced the award recipients. Four CHHS faculty were honored for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching and service.

SON Announces New Associate Directors

8/20 – The School of Nursing welcomes three new associate directors who are responsible for the areas of academic programs, faculty and staff development and administration.

DNP Accepts 120 Students into Newly Expanded DNP Program

8/20 - “We are very excited about the expansion of the DNP program, DNP Program Coordinator Dr. Kelly Laham said. “The faculty and administration are passionate about improving health care across the state and beyond by preparing clinicians and nurse leaders at the doctoral level.”

We are UNCW: Paula Reid

5/20 - Associate Professor Paula Reid (School of Nursing) recognized that a few of her graduate students, including nurses on the front lines of the pandemic, were struggling due to stress and concerns about COVID-19. She picked up the phone to check on them and to see how she could offer help.

CHHS Seeks Quality Matters Certification for Online Programs

3/20 - The School of Nursing is seeking Quality Matters (QM) Certification for its online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator (MSN NE) Program.

UNCW Assistant Professor Part of $2.66 Million Research Project

02/27/20 - School of Nursing Assistant Professor of Nursing Hayley Estrem is participating in a $2.66 million research project to identify signs that certain infants and young toddlers may develop chronic feeding disorders. Estrem will receive $123,369 over the five years of the multi-institutional project. The research is funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health. 

A personal experience led the onetime critical-care nurse to pursue her doctorate with a research focus on feeding disorders in children. Her oldest son was born 13 years ago with a rare genetic disorder that has required him to have a feeding tube since he was a toddler.

CHHS to Host Child Welfare Simulations

2/18/20 - In an effort to train students and community partners on mandated reporting procedures for suspected child neglect and abuse, UNC Wilmington’s School of Social Work is hosting two interprofessional events this spring. On March 6, the School of Social Work (SSW) and School of Nursing will facilitate the “Child Welfare Response Training and Simulation Experience.” Operating in its sixth year, this simulation works closely with New Hanover County Department of Social Services (DSS) to train social work students on how to conduct child welfare investigations in the home and hospital setting. The SSW uses customized hospital and apartment simulation labs on UNCW’s campus to recreate the setting and situation in which a new mother’s infant tests positive for copious. The simulation demonstrates in real time the roles, responsibilities, and potential reactions from a nurse and investigative social worker working with patient actors.

Former Dean of Nursing Has Died

1/28/20 - The founding dean of the UNC Wilmington School of Nursing, Dr. Marlene Merifield Rosenkoetter, passed away on December 31, 2019 following a brief illness.

Special Delivery

01/20 - If emergency drills collide with actual emergencies, it may be just another day on the job for Nina Williams. According to her, “the baby determines when it’s coming.”

Williams, a nursing lecturer in the College of Health and Human Services and a part-time staff nurse in the labor and delivery unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, is familiar with obstetric emergencies.

SON Faculty Receive Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiative Project Award

1/20 - Congratulations to School of Nursing faculty who won the Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiative Project Award!


  • Assistant Professor Wins Distinguished Faculty Award
    Dr. Stephanie Turrise , assistant professor of nursing, was presented with the J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award by Kimberly McNeill ’86, ’97M, chair of the Alumni Association Awards and Scholarship Committee. The award  honors a faculty member who exhibits leadership through service and student support, in honor of the late UNCW faculty member and administrator Crews.  Criteria for selection include service, student support effort, leadership roles and community service and outreach efforts.

  • Assistant Professor Elected to Board
    to Dr. Kellie Griggs, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, who has been elected as a member of the board of directors of the Association for Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Health (AWHONNH) for three years term. AWHONNH empowers and supports nurses caring for women, newborns, and their families through research, education and advocacy.
  • CHHS  Mourns Death of Dr. Micah Scott
    The College of Health and Human Services is saddened by the death of Dr. Micah Scott, PhD, FNP-BC, who died Thursday, July 11, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. She brought more than 30 years of nursing experience across specialties when she began in College of Health and Human Services’ School of Nursing as the family nurse practitioner program coordinator in August 2016.Her research interests included military and veterans care and families clinical simulation in nurse practitioner education. More...

  • School of Nursing Associate Professor Receives Grant to Improve Graduate Online Course
    School of Nursing Associate Professor Jeeyae Choi received $2,500 from Academic Partnerships for her research project titled “Enhancing Student Learning Efficiency in an Online Informatics Course Using Simulated Electronic Health Record.” More...

  • CHHS Appoints New Nursing School Director
    CHHS is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Linda Haddad as the new Director and Irwin Belk Distinguished Professor of Nursing for the School of Nursing. Haddad brings more than 30 years of leadership, research and practice experience in academic and clinical nursing. More...

  • SON Assistant Professor Developed FACES Faculty Support Program
    The pressure to succeed at a university can be overwhelming—and not just for the students. That is why Assistant Professor April Bice from the School of Nursing developed FACES, a peer support program for tenure-track faculty at UNCW. More...

  • SON Faculty Receives Article of the Year Award 
    Congratulations to Professor Dr. Barbara Lutz on her Stroke Article of the Year Award from the American Heart Association!