School of Nursing Newsletter

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Volume 10, Issue 2 March 2017: Early Spring Issue

Greetings from the Director

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Last week we celebrated our spring break as an opportunity to take time to care for ourselves. Some of us used the time to catch our breath—breathe—and prepare for the end of the spring 2017 semester. As a school focused on health care, it is important for us to be mindful and focus on our health in the midst of giving so much of ourselves to others.

Since January, a number of venues have ranked programs. U.S. News & World Report listed two: the #1 Most Affordable MS Clinical Research Program and our RN-BS program ranked as the #76 Best Online Bachelor Program. More recently our graduate FNP program was listed in the "Top 10 Schools of Nursing" by, an online resource for prospective students interested in the nursing field. Very recently we were ranked #13 by in their list of the 30 top RN programs in North Carolina. A special thank you to our faculty, students, alumni and supporters who continue to ensure our program excellence.

Through the generosity of donors, we are very fortunate this year to be sending 12 students and one faculty member to the National Student Nurses Association conference. We have also provided support to three students traveling with faculty to national meetings to present their honors projects. We are appreciative of the support we receive from both within and external to our school.  We hope all of you will consider actively supporting scholarships and activities in our school.  Please check the School of Nursing website and join us on Facebook to keep up with all of the activities and announcements.

Wishing you a beautiful spring filled with sunshine, flowers and joy.

Be well, Laurie

Notable Recognition

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

Notable Achievements: 


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


book coverCongratulations to faculty for recent achievements in publishing. Authors (listed in alphabetical order) and the respective citations are provided. Pictured at right is the cover for the book for which April Matthias contributed.   (more)

Special Recognition of Achievements

Faculty are recognized for their editorial board appointments and a student achieves success in a proclamation request.  (more)

Clinical Research News

The Graduate Clinical Research Program is Ranked #1!  Congratulations to the graduate faculty of the Clinical Research program, led by Jim Lyon, for being selected as the #1 school among the 10 most affordable online MSN programs in clinical research. The Clinical Research program richly deserves recognition for their other activities this semester.  (more

FNP Program Ranked #2 for Affordability

The SON Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program has been ranked #2 among online MSN-NP programs for affordability by the website, an online resource for advanced practice nursing careers and education. East Carolina University (ECU) was ranked #1.

DNP Program Update

The SON is responding to the call for more highly educated nurses to fill the void that currently exists and is predicted to continue. The first cohort of DNP students began last August and interest in the program continues to grow.  (more)

Student Achieves MSA Proclamation

A proclamation request to New Mexico governor Susan Martinez resulted in March being named the Multi System Atrophy (MSA) month in New Mexico. Vanessa Marzilli (RN-BS '18) made this happen.  (more)

SLC News

Banner for Medical SocietyApplied learning activities within the Simulation Learning Center continue to flourish. Several simulation sessions have occurred this semester at various program levels. The SON hosts the New Hanover and Pender County Medical Societies.  (more)

Nurses' Night at the Legislature

Graduate nursing faculty meet with N.C. lawmakers to advocate consideration of specific legislation.  (more)

News from Student Organizations

Student organizational events occur throughout the semester.  (more)