School of Nursing Newsletter

Professional Achievement and Service

New CLR Iniative: FUSECR

On Nov. 14, the grand opening of FUSECR was held at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. FUSECR is a new initiative designed to fuse, or leverage, the combined knowledge and resources of the clinical research industry in southeastern NC, the NC Biotechnology Center Southeastern Office and UNCW.

The project was formed by the clinical research faculty Program and the Math and Statistics Department in partnership with the NC Biotechnology Center Southeastern Office and the NC Coast Clinical Research Initiative. This project, which is partially funded by a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, is designed to strengthen the workforce for the local clinical research industry. Specifically, it aims to enhance the existing workforce, educate the next generation of talent, prepare students for the workplace, and strengthen connections between academia and industry.

While physically located adjacent to the UNCW CIE, from an organizational standpoint, it is housed and operated with CHHS. The goal of this initiative is to create educational programs and services in the area of biostatistics, statistical programming, and clinical operations.

Congratulations to the CLR faculty on the development of FUSECR and the grand opening of its facilities. 

Academic Achievement

SON lecturer Jane Anderson earned her DNP degree with nursing education component from George Washington University. Her DNP project was “Evaluating Differences Between Faculty Satisfaction in Online and Face to Face Teaching Settings.” The poster for this project will be presented at the Elsevier Nursing Education Conference Jan. 3-5 in Las Vegas. 

SON Assistant Professor Micah Scott successfully completed and defended her dissertation, thereby earning her Ph.D. in Nursing from East Carolina University. The title of her dissertation is "The Effect of Communitiy of Inquiry in the Development of Evidenced-Based Nursing Competencies for the RN-BSN Programs."  


SON Professor Barbara Lutz is serving on the ANA Care Coordination Expert Panel to develop nursing competencies for care coordination. She also served on the Technical Expert Panel on Patient Experiences in Inpatient Rehabilitation for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

SON Assistant Professor Stephanie Turrise was chosen to serve on the Charter Review Task Force for Sigma Theta Tau International. The task force is a sub-group of the STTI Governance Committee and is responsible for reviewing chapter charter applications for groups wanting to establish a new STTI chapter at their institution and charter amendment applications.

SON Associate Professor Diane Pastor, School of Social Work Assistant Professor Andrea Jones and Social Work graduate student Ashlee Moschitta produced a white paper Hospice Review of the Literature: Timing of Hospice Referrals. The paper was distributed to all members of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Board of Directors and to the senior leadership team of LCFH. The authors received grateful acknowledgment from board members for the research efforts on this significant topic.    

Bice projectAssistant professor April Bice is currently involved in a research study at NHRMC with three pediatric registered nurses and an undergraduate nursing student. The purposes of the research study, “The Pediatric Procedural Holistic Comfort Assessment: A Feasibility Study” are: to determine child and nurse participant attitudes toward a new child measurement instrument (the Pediatric Procedural Holistic Comfort Assessment), to determine pediatric patient comprehension of the PPHCA, and to assess variability, recruitment, and retention of child/nurse participants. This is a study funded by the SON Corbett Grant. Pictured from left to right in photo are the research assistants on this project: Andrea Smith, Shauna Cowdry and Emily Naughton.