Three Carolina Nursing students elected to North Carolina Association of Nursing Students Board

Carolina Nursing proudly celebrates the election of three exceptional students to the North Carolina Association of Nursing Students (NCANS) board of directors. Caroline Roseman, Olivia Tseng and Rachel Wixted have been elected to serve on the board, furthering the goals of nursing education and advocating for optimal patient care.

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Carolina Nursing experts join leaders across the state to tackle nursing shortage 

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) has launched a new Task Force on the Future of the Nursing Workforce to tackle projected shortages and address challenges within the profession. Dean Valerie Howard has been appointed to the steering committee for this task force and is joined by nine Carolina Nursing colleagues.

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Carolina Nursing ranks among top ten schools of nursing in the nation

The UNC School of Nursing has once again been recognized as one of the top graduate nursing schools in the nation according to the 2023–24 Best Graduate Schools rankings released by U.S. News & World Report

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Carolina Nursing students lead community health fair in partnership with El Centro Hispano

The Health Fair Experience is an integral part of the N484 Public Health Nursing in the Community Setting course developed by Assistant Professor Kandyce Brennan, DNP, CNM, and Cara Winstead, RN, MPH, COHN-S. Through this service-learning course, students gain hands-on experience in applying evidence-based public health concepts by organizing and implementing a student-led community-based health fair in partnership with El Centro Hispano, a local community organization.

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Tar Heal Explorations returns to UNC School of Nursing, inspiring future nurses from diverse communities

Tar Heal Explorations is an annual event organized by the UNC SON Association of Nursing Students (ANS) in collaboration with the National Student Nurse Association's Breakthrough to Nursing (BTN) initiative. The event aims to inspire and encourage future nurses from historically underrepresented groups in American nursing. This year, Tar Heal Explorations welcomed 70 Boy and Girl Scouts from across North Carolina to Carrington Hall. 

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Mobile Health Clinic receives gold rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

The UNC School of Nursing Mobile Health Clinic received a 2023 Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC). This recognition underscores the clinic's commitment to providing accessible and high-quality health care to medically underserved populations.

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Carolina Nursing Faculty awarded Dean’s Pilot Grant Funding  

Carolina Nursing is excited to announce that nine of its faculty members, along with their interdisciplinary teams, have been awarded funding through the newly established Research, Education and Quality Improvement Pilot Grant. This grant, which was created by Dean Howard in the spring of 2023, supports innovative research, educational scholarship and quality improvement projects that align with Carolina Nursing’s mission of advancing health for all.

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The Well profiles Carolina Nursing Dean Val Howard

The Well recently profiled Dean Valerie Howard for the University's series of Q&As with Carolina’s newest deans. Dean Howard, whose simulation scholarship has enhanced nursing education across the globe, is heavily involved in transforming nursing’s future.

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Meg Zomorodi honored as UNC Medical Center's Clinical Faculty of the Year and inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece

The UNC School of Nursing is delighted to celebrate Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL, FAAN, who has been selected as the Clinical Faculty of the Year by the nursing leadership at the UNC Medical Center and inducted into the esteemed Order of the Golden Fleece.

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JoAn Stanek receives the Dr. Julie Byerley Award for Faculty Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice

Congratulations to UNC School of Nursing Associate Professor JoAn Stanek, DNP, RN, CHPN, on receiving the Dr. Julie Byerley Award for Faculty Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice. Watch this video to learn more about how her Death and Bereavement course has not only enhanced students' educational experience, but also improved patient outcomes.

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Baker, Davis and Stone awarded Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grants

The UNC School of Nursing is proud to announce that three faculty members have been awarded Lenovo Instructional Grants through the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE). These grants will support innovative projects aimed at enhancing the educational experience for nursing students through the use of technology.

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Natalia Villegas Rodriguez and Susana Barroso receive Booth Community Service and Outreach Award  

Associate Professor Natalia Villegas Rodriguez, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FAAN, and Assistant Professor Susana Barroso, PhD, RN, have been named the 2023 recipients of the Bill and Mary Lou Booth Community Service and Outreach Award. The award recognizes their outstanding community service-learning initiative that aims to increase access to nursing education, research and care for underprivileged populations in North Carolina. 

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Cara Winstead named Fellow of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

Clinical Instructor Cara Winstead, RN, MPH, COHN-S, FAAOHN, has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. This prestigious fellowship recognizes exceptional accomplishments in the field of occupational and environmental health nursing, including outstanding contributions to clinical practice, education, research, management or policy.

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Grace Wu receives funding to explore disinhibited eating among North Carolina law enforcement officers

Congratulations to Grace Wu, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the UNC School of Nursing, on being awarded the 2023 SPLENDOR-NC pilot grant. This grant will provide support for her research project, The Carolina Blue Project, which aims to explore the frequency and severity of disinhibited eating among North Carolina law enforcement officers and its association with work-related stressors, psychosocial distress and cardiovascular disease.

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Saif Khairat highlights cross-sector telemedicine partnership at NC Learning Forum

Associate Professor Saif Khairat, PhD, MPH, recently delivered a talk at the Learning Forum organized by the North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP). The event aimed to explore collaboration opportunities among government, research and philanthropy sectors, highlighting initiatives like Khairat's cross-sector partnership on telemedicine. 

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Becky Hoover awarded NIH Individual Predoctoral Fellowship and Oncology Nursing Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Carolina Nursing is thrilled to congratulate Becky Hoover, PhD candidate and Hillman Scholar, on being awarded both the highly esteemed NIH Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) and the Oncology Nursing Foundation Doctoral Scholarship. Becky's NIH-funded project, titled "Incidence and Time on Onset of Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cardiovascular Disease in Adult Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer and Association with Exercise," began in May 2023.

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Ayomide Bankole selected for the Clin-STAR Health Equity Research Scholar Program

Carolina Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Ayomide Bankole, PhD, RN, has been chosen to participate in the highly competitive Clin-STAR Health Equity Research Scholar Program. Funded by the National Institute of Aging and the American Federation for Aging Research, this program aims to cultivate the next generation of health equity-focused leaders in aging research.

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Stephanie Betancur awarded Royster Society Lyle V. Jones Dissertation Fellowship

Congratulations to Stephanie Betancur on being awarded the prestigious Royster Society of Fellows Lyle V. Jones Dissertation Fellowship by the UNC Graduate Schoool. This fellowship is a distinguished recognition of her exceptional scholarship, leadership and potential to make significant contributions to the Royster Society of Fellows.

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Lauren Hicks awarded grant to explore racial disparities in prenatal care

Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellow Lauren Hicks, PhD, RN, on being awarded a grant from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The grant will fund her research project titled "Qualitative Content Analysis Exploring Racial Disparities in Prenatal Care through Patient-Provider Communication." Professor SeonAe Yeo, PhD, RNC, FAAN, will serve as a co-investigator on the project.

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Jennifer Leeman appointed associate dean for research

Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv, has been appointed as the associate dean for research at the UNC School of Nursing, effective May 1, 2023. Dr. Leeman has held this position on an interim basis since August 1, 2022, and is an exemplary and highly valued member of the School of Nursing leadership team. She has been a faculty member at the UNC School of Nursing since 1998, and over the course of her remarkable career, Dr. Leeman has made significant advancements in the field of implementation science.

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Ashley Leak Bryant appointed senior associate dean for global initiatives

Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, MSN, RN, OCN, FAAN, has been appointed Senior Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and the Francis Hill Fox Distinguished Term Scholar. Dr. Bryant will also serve as the director of the School’s PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center in Quality and Safety Education in Nursing and Midwifery. With her extensive experience in building oncology nursing capacity in Malawi and her service as the interim associate dean for global initiatives since August 1, 2022, her appointment ensures leadership stability and the continued flourishing of the School’s global partnerships and PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center. 

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Carolina Nursing faculty, students and alumni are actively sharing their research findings on critical health care topics through publications in academic journals and presentations at national and international conferences.

Take a look at the selection below of publications and presentations to learn more about how Carolina Nursing experts are advancing health for all by addressing the greatest health care challenges of our time.

Please note that the following list was compiled based on information submitted by Carolina Nursing experts.

Have a publication or presentation to share? Please submit publications and presentations here to be included in the next roundup!


Collaborative online international learning in undergraduate nursing education: from inspiration to impact | Lisa Woodley, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHPN; Jamie Crandell, PhD; Beth Cosgrove, PHD, CPNP-PC, RN; and Gabrielle Grant, PhD student and Hillman Scholar

Design, Implementation, and Outcomes of an Interprofessional Mobile Web Application for Preceptors for Challenging Issues | Tracy Vernon-Platt, DNP, ANP-BC

Identifying unmet needs of older adults transitioning from home health care to independence at home: A qualitative study | Ayomide Okanlawon Bankole, PhD, RN; Mark Toles, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiV 

Influences of race and clinical variables on psychiatric genetic research participation: Results from a schizophrenia sample | Rose Mary Xavier, PhD, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Mapping definitions, measures and methodologies of assessing police violence in the health literature: A scoping review protocol | Latesha Harris, PhD student; Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, and Yamnia I Cortés, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, FAHA

Measuring Financial Toxicity: A Closer Look | Matthew LeBlanc, PhD, RN

Patient and Provider Recommendations for Improved Telemedicine User Experience in Primary Care: A Multi-Center Qualitative Study | Saif Khairat, PhD, MPH

Rare Copy Number Variation in Schizophrenia and Implications for Treatment | Rose Mary Xavier, PhD, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Screening and Implementing Palliative Care Measures in Heart Failure: A Guide for the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner | Amanda Savarese, MSN, AGNP-C '22, and JoAn Stanek, DNP, RN, MSN, ANP, CHPN

Strategies to Address COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy Myths | Heather Berkowitz, MSN '21


Interprofessional Education and Practice to Improve Health Equity | Jean Davison, DNP, RN, FNP-C

State of Prolonged Grief Disorder: Opportunities and Implications for Academic Communities | Vinisha Dsouza, PhD student

Trans*-affirming Care for New Reproductive Health Nurses | Rhonda Lanning, DNP, CNM, LCCE, IBCLC, RN, and Beth Mann, ABSN '22

Un Cambio de Vida: Experiences and Social Determinants of Menopause Among Latinas | Yamnia I Cortés, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, FAHA

Publication & Presentation Roundup


Congratulations to the Carolina Nursing Class of 2023!

Photos from the Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony have been uploaded to our photo library. Please feel free to download and share the pictures with your friends and family!

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