School of Nursing Newsletter

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Volume 11, Issue 2 December 2017: End of Semester Issue

Greetings from the Director

Dear Colleagues , Students, Alumni, and Friends of UNCW School of Nursing:

Sartarelli and BadzekThis year UNCW celebrates its 70th anniversary and our school celebrates 60 years since our first nursing class graduated 50 years ago in 1967. I was pleased to honor those graduates when they returned to visit me and tour McNeill Hall during the fall semester. From that first small class of about 12 students, our school has grown to almost 2,500 students in multiple nursing and clinical research programs. This is the largest enrollment in our school history and a source of major enrollment growth occurring at the university. To support our student growth, we have also grown our full-time faculty to 70 supported by six staff employees.

Our December Graduation Rrecognition and Awards Ceremony celebrated 320 graduates in our Prelicensure, RN-BSN, and MSN-FNP programs. We were so pleased to have both Chancellor Sartarelli and his wife, Kathy, attend our nursing ceremony. In his remarks, Chancellor Sartarelli reminded us that our empathy and compassion are so important to those entrusted to our care. He also acknowledged and honored nurses as the most trusted profession.

Together with you, our supporters, alumni and friends of nursing, we improve the health and well being of those in North Carolina and beyond. We look forward to continuing our relationship with you in the new year. Happy Holidays!

Be well,

Laurie Badzek

Notable Recognition:

McCallSON faculty receive recognition for their professional endeavors and appointments. We congratulate Jennifer McCall (pictured at left), Jim Lyons and Stephanie Turrise for their recent recognitions and appointment. Also, several faculty received acknowledgements from Dec. '17 graduates for their inspiration, guidance and mentoring.  (more)

Notable Achievements: 

Faculty Professional Achievement and Service 

Congratulations to the CLR faculty on the development of FUSECR and the grand opening of its facilities within the CIE. Two SON faculty achieve their Ph.D. degrees, while other members of the faculty offer professional expertise as an appointee on national panels and provide research expertise for in-patient and community practice.  (more)

Faculty Presentations

SON Faculty Presentations

SON Faculty make numerous presentations, both podium and poster, to local, state and national audiences throughout the semester.  (more

CLR Faculty Presentations

CLR faculty exhibited their expertise through presentations at national conferences and within the community.  (more)  

Faculty Publications

Faculty showcase their research activities in state and national publications.  (more)

Student Honors Projects

Katharina Bucknum (Dec. '17) and Alix Theodossiou (Dec. '17) successfully defend their Honors research projects. (more)

Grant Awards

Several recent grants have been awarded to faculty for research.  (more)

CLR Faculty Host Numerous Health Events

Members of the CLR faculty played major roles in the planning and implementation of research committee and public health advocacy events.  (more)  

News from the DNP and FNP Programs

Nineteen students continue with their DNP studies and produce exceptional projects for practice.  Also, graduates from the FNP program continue to excell in passage rate of the FNP certification exam.  (more)  

New Teaching Strategies Implemented

Two innovative teaching strategies were introduced this semester, both within the graduate and prelicensure programs. (more)

Simulation Learning Center News

Activities and planned events continue to flourish within the SLC. Students, other health care disciplines and alumni were part of the semester activities.  (more)

Reflection Day - December '17

Reflection DayStudents in the undergraduate pediatrics and community nursing courses presented reflective projects on assigned clients who had made impressions upon them during their community or pediatric clinical rotations. Using artistic expressions of understanding the "whole" person of their respective clients, students made presentations to the class at an event on Nov. 28. Awards were made in various categories. Pictured at right is Taylor Bennett (May '18) with her winning project. (more)

Student Organization News

Throughout the semester student organizations, namely the AAMN, Nurses Christian Fellowship and the Associaiton of Nursing Students were busy. Select members of two organizations networked on a national level with attendance at conferences.  (more)

Welcome to the Newest Prelicensure Cohort  

We welcome the newest prelicensure cohort (Class of May '20). (more)  

Nu Omega Chapter News:

logoNu Omega 25th Annual Research Day

Induction of the Newest Members 

Nu Omega Educational Event