Carolina Nursing, Fall 2006 - School of Nursing



Carolina Nursing, Fall 2006 - School of Nursing
NURSING • Fall 2006
"Excellence is more than an abstract
notion... it is achieved by those who have
dreams, goals and strong personal desires
to make a difference in the world."
Dear Alumni and Friends,
As Carolina Nursing goes to
press, we are saying farewell to the
fifth class of BSN students graduating from the School’s 14-month
option. They were the first students
to complete their entire education
after the School opened the new
addition to Carrington Hall. And
they were the last cohort of BSN
students to graduate during a time
when every BSN student was admitted in May. This fall, the faculty
Nursing Exploration Week creates
experiences for high school students
to consider the profession.
will continue our baccalaureate enrollment expansion
project by selecting the first 14- and
24-month option students for
January admission. After the
remaining brief interlude of summer, a new phase of the School of
Nursing’s history will begin.
This fall, we are also looking
forward to the Duke-Carolina
Visiting Professorship in Geriatric
Nursing. The three-day event,
which is hosted by Duke and UNC
in alternating years, will return to
Chapel Hill in October. We are
pleased to welcome Visiting
Professor Patricia G. Archbold,
DNSc, RN, FAAN, who will present
this year’s 2006 Carol Hogue
Distinguished Lectureship.
Archbold is program director of the
John A. Hartford Foundation’s
Building Academic Geriatric
Nursing Capacity and professor
Dr. Eleanor S. McConnell, Duke
University, (L) and Dr. Mary H.
Palmer, UNC Chapel Hill, are the
faculty directors of the DukeCarolina Visiting Professorship in
Geriatric Nursing.
emerita of gerontological nursing
at Oregon Health & Science
University School of Nursing in
Portland, Oregon.
And what would fall be like at
Carolina without football? I invite
all of you to join us for Alumni Day
on October 28 as UNC takes on
Wake Forest. Save the date now and
be sure to check online frequently
as information about reunions and
activities for Alumni Day becomes
You have my personal invitation
to stop by Carrington Hall when
you’re in Chapel Hill this fall. I
would love to thank you in person
for all you do to carry on the tradition of excellence at Carolina.
Linda R. Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
SON welcomes new BSN students to
orientation in May 2006.
Faculty members Cheryl Jones,
Debra Barksdale and Linda Beeber
(L to R) participate in doctoral
hooding ceremony as graduates
On the cover:
Alums gather around Rameses,
UNC’s mascot, who made a
surprise visit to the SON on
Alumni Appreciation and
Professional Development Day
in May.
Fall 2006
2 Building Our Family Tree
4 Innovations and Initiatives
Carolina Nursing is published by the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing for
the School’s alumni and friends.
Linda R. Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN
BEEP! The SON’s Baccalaureate Enrollment Expansion Plan
CERC: Clinical Education & Resource Center
Responding to the Needs of Practicing Nurses: CE
New Options for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurses in North Carolina
8 Mission: Service
10 Getting In
Amanda P. Meyers
Contributing Writers
Lisa Biltz, Class of 2007
Aileen Carroll
Carol Durham, MSN ’83
Megan Harless, Class of 2007
Jennifer Hawley, BSN ’82, MSN ’88
Norma Hawthorne
Christina Martinez Kim, BSN ’06
Beth Lamanna
Afshin Meymandi, BSN ’92, MSN ’00
Lauren Moskowitz
Megan Murphy, Class of 2007
Sonda Oppewal
Elaine Smith
Paul Tax
Anne Webb
Aileen Carroll
Steve Exum Photography
Norma Hawthorne
Joe Kleinman, Class of 2007
Morgan Lyn Johnson
Beth Lamanna
Barbara Williams Madden, MSN ’60
Amanda P. Meyers
Steve Ramsey
Andrew Ross
Nina Lawson Thompson, MSN ’84
Ashlie White
Anne Webb
11 50th Reunion Special: Class of 1956
12 Alumni Association News
13 Noteworthy Nurses
14 Advancement News
18 News Briefs
20 Faculty Notes
Design and Production
Duncan Design
Office of Advancement
Norma Hawthorne, Director
Anne Webb, Associate Director, Alumni Affairs
and Annual Fund
Amanda P. Meyers, Associate Director,
Public Relations and Communications
Aileen Carroll, Assistant to the Director
Lauren Moskowitz, Health Affairs
Communications Intern
School of Nursing
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carrington Hall, CB# 7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
(919) 966-4619
E-mail: [email protected]
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Building Our Family Tree
Families trace their histories as a way of knowing
and connecting with the generations that came
before them. Families record their histories to leave
future generations a legacy of which they can be
proud. Your School of Nursing legacy is growing each
year. As we branch out across the world, we invite
you to read about six members of our family tree who
celebrate unique ties to the SON and each other.
Mother & Daughter
Ann Tolton Bergamo BSN 1961
Kate Bergamo Thomas, BSN 1990
Ann Tolton Bergamo (L) and
her daughter Kate Bergamo
families and
Ann Tolton Bergamo grew up in
Seattle before her family moved to
Jamestown, North Carolina, when
she was 14. Her mom was a nurse
in Washington State at the Veteran’s
Administration Hospital during the
30’s. Ann heard her mother tell
stories about how rewarding it was
for her to be a nurse, so going into
nursing for Ann seemed natural.
When Ann was ready to graduate
from Jamestown High School, one
of her teachers, who did not want
Ann to go out-of-state, offered to
call Mary Perry Ragsdale on her
behalf. Ragsdale was a member of
SON founder Mrs. Carrington’s special committee that supported the
School. Despite being offered a
scholarship to Purdue University,
Ann chose to attend Carolina.
“Carolina was a great experience,” said Ann recalling the special
bond she developed with her classmates. “We were a close knit group
and still are,” she said. The only
freshmen women on campus at that
time were nursing and dental
hygiene students. “We were very
protected. There was strict curfew
and lights out at 11 p.m. I loved to
read, so I used a flashlight, hoping I
wouldn’t get caught. Ten to 15 of us
from the class of 1961 still meet
every year.”
After graduation, Ann worked at
Cornell University Medical Center in
the pediatrics unit of the emergency
department. She married and
became the mother of five before
returning to the profession as a
school nurse. For the past 35 years,
she has been the office manager at
her husband’s podiatry practice
where her son also practices.
Ann’s daughter, Kate Bergamo
Thomas, graduated from the SON in
1990. Kate chose to attend UNC
because her mom, her dad, her
brother and cousins all attended.
“It’s part of my family’s legacy,”
said Kate, who, until the age of 10,
thought that the natural sequence
was … you grew up, graduated
from high school and went to
“I looked at nursing and saw
there were many opportunities and
many directions I could go in,” said
Kate. “It is a very rewarding and
flexible profession. Carolina nursing
is so highly ranked and a graduate
is automatically considered to be a
professional. It’s competitive and
tough, and to make the choice to go
there meant I had to be serious,”
said Kate.
Her role model has been her
mom who provided guidance by
telling Kate that she could make a
difference as a nurse while having
the flexibility to become a mother
and raise a family. “Mom was an
understated influence. She told all
her children to do what was important in life, and was the voice of
reason when we had to make choices.”
After graduating from the SON,
Kate became an emergency department nurse, just like her mom. Kate
walked into Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center in New York, told them she
had a BSN from Carolina, and got a
job offer that afternoon. “Carolina
has opened doors for me in ways I
never would have expected,” she
said. Now, after getting her master’s
degree in healthcare management,
Kate is administrative director of
Catskill Regional Medical Center
Cancer Center in New York.
“When I come home after I’ve
had a tough day, my mom knows
how I’m feeling without my even
having to say it. We live next door to
each other and we talk about mother and daughter stuff every day, and
so much more because we are both
nurses,” said Kate, who reflected on
three generations of nurses in her
family. “My 94-year old grandmother tells stories about working in
starched white uniforms that were
inspected daily, and getting paid
with chickens and eggs during the
Great Depression. I love hearing
these stories, because while the
times were different, the people
issues are the same. I’m very
fortunate to be able to share my
nursing life with both my mother
and grandmother.”
Brother & Sister
Kevin Dedmond, BSN 2003
Melissa Dedmond, BSN 2003
The year 2003 was a successful
one for Kevin and Melissa Dedmond.
They both graduated with their
bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
Kevin, who already had an
undergraduate degree in biology
from UNC, said it was purely a
coincidence that he ended up in the
same graduating class as his sister.
“I decided to get a second
degree in nursing in order to pursue
a nurse anesthesia program. I was
encouraged to look into the field on
the advice of an anesthesiologist
acquaintance,” said Kevin who
Melissa Dedmond and her brother
found that if for some reason, he
could not pursue education to be a
CRNA, many other opportunities
would await him.
“To be honest, I went into
nursing without knowing a whole
lot about what nurses do, but I was
impressed after my first clinical
exposure. Nursing school was a big
change of pace for me as I had
been out of school for several
years, and it took some time for
me to adapt to being a full-time
student with the additional responsibilities that a clinical practicum
Despite the hard work, Kevin
felt like his nursing degree from
Carolina prepared him well for his
first job as an RN and still serves
him as an MSN-anesthesia student
at Duke University in Durham, NC.
“My professional aspirations
have always been very simple: to do
something that I enjoy, to do something that unequivocally has a positive impact on others, and to do it
Melissa, who is three years
younger than her brother Kevin,
said being in nursing school with
her sibling was definitely a unique
experience. “I always looked at him
as my older, smarter brother, and
there we were sitting in the same
classes,” she said.
Melissa was a biology major at
UNC when her advisor recommended she consider a career in nursing.
“I knew I wanted to do something
in health care and I had a real
interest in patient care.”
She remembers that her first
semester of nursing school was
pretty overwhelming. “My first clinical experience was at Duke
Hospital and I had to be there at
6:30 a.m. It took me a while to
adjust to the hands-on learning
and patient care, but after that first
semester things came together and
I really began to enjoy my courses.”
Melissa said she particularly
enjoyed one of her courses in
pediatrics and was influenced by
SON Associate Professor Dr. Gayle
Davis. “Her course was comprehensive and interactive. That experience played a big role in my decision to take a position in the pediatric
surgical unit at UNC Hospitals after
graduation,” she said.
Today Melissa is back in school,
this time as a student in the physician assistant program at Duke
University. “The program I’m in
now is very similar to a nurse practitioner program. It’s pretty rigorous
but I’ve found that my nursing
background provides me with a
huge advantage. My current program follows a medical model and
with my nursing experience I feel
like I’m contributing to the best of
both worlds.”
Kevin and Melissa are not the
only ones in their family to pursue
health careers. You might even say
they are a part of a UNC family
legacy. Their father is an alumnus
of UNC’s School of Dentistry. And
Melissa, who is a triplet, has two
other brothers—one who attends
the UNC School of Pharmacy and
the other who attends the UNC
School of Dentistry.
Lori’s mother influenced her
decision to become a nurse manager. “UNC gave me the building
blocks for a career in management. Without my BSN, I wouldn’t
have had the opportunity to be a
nurse manager,” she said. And
Derek said that his “goal from my
first EMS call was to be a flight
nurse,” and that nursing school
helped him progress up the clinical ladder
within his field.
While being classmates didn’t
affect their decisions to become
nurses, Lori said that being nurses
has made an impact on their
“We choose different career
paths in nursing but only someone
in the nursing field can understand what it truly means to be a
nurse. The life and death situations you encounter, the difference
you can make in someone’s life.
The support/understanding we are
able to give each other helped us
to achieve our career goals,” said
Derek agreed, saying that their
marriage has provided a wonderful
support system for their careers. “I
think Lori and I have helped each
other as we changed jobs within
nursing and climbed the career
ladder. We were able to encourage
each other and truly understand
each other from that perspective,”
he said.
Husband & Wife
Derek Chrisco, BSN 1991
Lori Chrisco, BSN 1991
The SON is adding matchmaker to its long list of accomplishments. Well, okay, so Lori and
Derek Chrisco didn’t start dating
until after they graduated with
their BSNs in 1991, but it’s like
Derek said “…being 1 of only 4
males in a class of 105. Not a bad
Lori and Derek found their way
to nursing school for different reasons. Lori was influenced by her
mother who was a nurse. “I had a
brief period in college where I
entertained the thought of PA
[physician assistant] school, but I
loved the flexibility of nursing,”
said Lori.
Derek, who already had a
degree from UNC in biology when
he entered nursing, was motivated
by “his first love,”—Emergency
Medical Services. “I looked at
nursing as a way to do EMS work
with better pay and more advancement opportunities,” said Derek.
“Working in the emergency
department and volunteering
helped me see that nurses were the
ones taking care of the patients,
which is what I wanted to do. The
decision [to pursue nursing] was
mine although the great nurses in
the emergency department provided excellent role models.”
Once in nursing school, Lori
and Derek both found it challenging. “Unlike Derek, I was not a
great student. I still have nightmares about pathophysiology,”
said Lori. Derek, who was working
as a nursing assistant in the emergency department, attending paramedic school, and volunteering for
EMS and Rescue, said he wished
he had focused more time on academics.
FALL 2006
I N N O VAT I O N S and I N I T I AT I V E S
BEEP! The SON’s Baccalaureate
Enrollment Expansion Plan
The expansion responds to recommendations made by the NC
Institute of Medicine Task Force on
the NC Nursing Workforce. In 2004,
the task force suggested that nursing programs statewide increase the
number of prelicensure registered
nurse graduates by 25 percent over
the 2002-2003 levels by 2007.
Priority was placed on increasing
the percentage of North Carolina’s
nurses with a baccalaureate nursing
Under the expanded enrollment,
the School will graduate about 220
new nurses each year, a 34 percent
increase over the 2002-2003 totals.
“The first group of baby
boomers will be turning 60 this
year, and North Carolina needs to
be prepared for increased demands
for nursing care,” said SON Dean
Linda Cronenwett. “By moving to
twice-a-year admissions and teach-
“...The expanded enrollments will
allow us to educate greater numbers of highly skilled nurses who are
well-prepared to meet the growing
healthcare needs of our society.”
Director of Undergraduate Programs
By Lauren Moskowitz
The School of Nursing is opening its doors to even more future
nurses by expanding enrollment
opportunities for students seeking
bachelor’s of science degrees in
nursing. Beginning in 2007, students will be admitted under the
expanded baccalaureate nursing
program twice a year, in January
and May.
14- & 24-Month Option New Enrollments and Graduations
’99 –’00
24 mon Enr
’00 –’01
24 mon Grad
’02 –’03
14 mon Enr
’03 –’04
’04 –’05
14 mon Grad
ing BSN students year-round, we
can maintain the quality of our prelicensure program while meeting
the needs of the state through
expanded enrollment.”
Enrollment for the traditional
24-month option will increase from
approximately 120 graduates per
year to 160, and the accelerated 14month option will expand from
about 40 graduates per year to 60.
Even though the number of
students will increase, the quality
of education will still remain at its
usual high. Some lecture classes
will actually decrease in size. Lab
and clinical group sizes will remain
small to accommodate clinical
supervision and instructional needs.
The School is currently working
with existing clinical sites to expand
scheduling options for students that
include weekend and evening hours.
The School will also develop new
community agency partnerships
and collaborate with other nursing
schools around North Carolina.
“There will be a period of
adjustment for students, faculty,
clinical partners—all of us—as
we move to operations that are
year-round,” said Director of
Undergraduate Programs Dr. Beverly
Foster. “But, ultimately, the
expanded enrollments will allow
us to educate greater numbers of
highly skilled nurses who are
well-prepared to meet the growing
healthcare needs of our society.”
I N N O VAT I O N S and I N I T I AT I V E S
“Mastery of these skills is essential to professional competency...”
CERC: Clinical Education
& Resource Center
The Clinical Education &
Resource Center (CERC) is a learning environment like no other. It
allows students to learn in a realistic but nonthreatening clinical setting. More importantly, it is a place
to practice, to ask questions, and to
gain confidence in fundamental
and advanced nursing skills before
starting work at the bedside.
Prior to 1996, CERC was simply
known as the Skills Lab. The Skills
Lab was introduced to the SON in
1979 under the leadership of Dean
Laurel Archer Copp. It consisted of
one lab room and one audiovisual
Today CERC includes three simulated patient care rooms, five
physical assessment rooms and one
specialty examination room.
Carol Fowler Durham, EdD(c),
MSN ’83, RN, has been the director
of the CERC since 1988 and has
played a key role in ensuring that
the facility adequately supports the
School’s curricula and continuing
education offerings. CERC is also
supported by Darlene Baker, MSN,
RN, who is a major currently
deployed with the Air Force
Durham advocated for the
School’s state-of-art simulation lab,
that provides a “patient care room”
for two METI human patient simulators (HPS). A one-way mirror
allows faculty to observe students
and manage the simulations from
a control room.
The Human Patient Simulator
Laboratory was named by SON
alumna Jane Sox Monroe, BSN ’56,
and her husband, W. Paul Monroe
of Hickory, NC. The HPS, also
known as “Stan the Man,” represents the latest in simulation technology for nursing and medical
education training. It can simulate
25 pre- configured patients repre-
senting various ages, physiological
parameters, medical histories and
SON faculty developed several
patient scenarios for the HPS that
are specific to nurses or nurse practitioners covering a wide range of
problems, from common to severe.
For example, students use the HPS
to learn about congestive heart failure, head injury, tension pneumothorax, hyperglycemic emergency and hemorrhagic shock. One
of the exciting features of the HPS
is that it can be injected with a
wide range of drugs to which it will
respond realistically.
The HPS can breathe spontaneously with a self-regulated rate
and tidal volume that can be
adjusted by the instructor. Its lungs
consume oxygen and produce
carbon dioxide. The HPS generates
heart sounds, and has palpable
carotid, radial, brachial, femoral
and pedal pulses synchronous to
the EKG. Blood pressure can be
measured and hypovolemia and
hypervolemia can be simulated.
The pupils of each eye constrict
and dilate automatically in
response to changing light stimuli.
Neurologic trauma can be simulated by independently setting the
diameter of each pupil.
Furthermore, the HPS is provided with both male and female genitalia and allows for the insertion of
urinary catheters. The SON also
invested in a pediatric simulator
representing the physical characteristics of a six-year-old child.
CERC is also home to a virtual
reality vascular access cath simulator, Immersion Medical’s Cath
Sim® Accu Touch® System, which
allows for practice of venipuncture
on infants, children, adults and the
elderly. It also allows for practice on
patients of various sizes and ethnic-
Pediatric Lab
ities. The Cath Sim® is a computerbased program that uses video clips
and interfaces with a device that
requires the learner to retract the
skin while manipulating the
venipuncture catherter. This virtual
reality simulator has technology
that provides the learner with the
realistic feel of puncturing a vein.
In the CERC, instructors provide the tools with which students
can achieve skill mastery and
attain related knowledge. Students
learn psychomotor skills that are
foundational to nursing practice.
Mastery of these skills is essential to
professional competency and
requires not only mechanics but
sound judgement, careful planning, critical thinking and decision-making to ensure safe and
appropriate actions within the context of individual patient situations.
CERC teaches fundamental
skills that range from blood pressure measurement to venipuncture.
Graduate students learn physical
assessment and advanced practice
skills such as suturing, neonatal
intubation, chest tube insertion and
umbilical cord blood drawing. The
labs are designed to help students
understand the cognitive components of skills, to introduce them to
applicable equipment and procedures, and to provide them with
“hands on” experiences. Future
patients are the beneficiaries when
skills are practiced first in the lab
with simulated patients.
Recently, CERC participated as
one of only 26 nursing schools in
the country in a pilot program
titled “Effectiveness of an evidencebased curriculum module in nursing schools targeting safe patient
handling and movement.” The
project is part of the American
Nurses Association’s Handle with
Care initiative aimed at improving
FALL 2006
Safe Patient Handling and Movement
Audiovisual Lab circa 1979
Monroe Human Patient Simulator Lab
safe patient handling to prevent
work-related musculoskeletal disorders that plague the nursing workforce. This past spring, the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs VISN
8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry
awarded the SON the Educator
Award for Safe Patient Handling for
its outstanding efforts to change
nursing curriculum, including
evidence-based approaches for safe
patient handling.
I N N O VAT I O N S and I N I T I AT I V E S
FALL 2006
In North Carolina and beyond
September 7, 2006
“Bad Bugs” Infectious
Disease Update
Responding to the Needs
of Practicing Nurses: CE
September 15, 2006
Patient Education
September 26-29, 2006
Qualitative Analysis I
September 29, 2006
Diabetes Management in
Children & Adolescents
The SON’s Continuing Education
(CE) Program is actively responding
to the needs of NC nurses by providing multiple continuing education
opportunities and resources.
Increasingly, the CE audience is
broadening to include nurses
outside of North Carolina, both
nationally and internationally.
CE currently provides about 65
programs annually to over 3,000
nurses in all areas of nursing including clinical practice, education,
administration and research. With
the introduction of requirements for
continuing competence by various
state boards, including North
Carolina, nurses are increasingly in
need of CE contact hours to maintain
their RN licenses. By the end of the
year, CE aims to increase the number
of online and distance learning programs available to nurses.
Recently, CE Director Elaine L.
Smith, EdD(c), MBA, MSN, RN, convened a 20-member advisory board
representing nurses from a variety
of fields to help guide the CE mission and provide feedback on programs and offerings. This group
met on May 19th to share ideas and
make suggestions for future
Read on to find out more about
some of CE’s offerings in clinical
practice, nursing education, nursing
research and nursing administration.
October 5, 2006
Lessons in Leadership Series:
Finance Essentials for Nurse
October 9-11, 2006
16th Annual Art of
Breastfeeding Conference
(with Wake AHEC)
October 26, 2006
Oncology Update 2006
October 27, 2006
Nursing Informatics
November 2, 2006
Wound Care Conference
November 7-8, 2006
Long Term Care
November 9, 2006
Cardiovascular Update
November 17, 2006
Back to the Basics: Getting
Started with Nursing Research
at the Bedside
For more information or to
register, visit CE’s recently
redesigned web site at or
call (919) 966-3638.
Clinical Practice
The 17th Annual Post Anesthesia
Care Unit Conference & Ambulatory
Surgery Conference attracted a
record attendance of 310 nurses on
March 18th, demonstrating the continuing need and long-standing
interest in this area. Topics for the
conference are suggested by the previous year’s attendees and from rec-
ommendations made by the planning committee of “hot topics” in
this field. Clinical and professional
topics are included each year.
cialty topics such as mixed methods
research, writing and representation
in qualitative research, debates on
validity and ethics and qualitative
research synthesis.
Nursing Education
In light of the nursing faculty
shortage, the Certificate in Nursing
Education program was created to
meet the needs of nurse educators
in academic and staff development
settings, and to enhance their
knowledge and use of educational
principles at basic and advanced
Designed and taught by SON
Clinical Associate Professor Dr.
Bonnie Angel, students in the certificate program learn about and apply
educational principles relevant to
their teaching situations. Focused
workshops on a variety of specialized topics in nursing education,
such as test construction, are also
offered. This year’s Certificate in
Nursing Education offerings are
being held in Charlotte to respond
to the needs of nurse educators in
this area of North Carolina.
Nursing Research
CE’s new Certificate Program in
Qualitative Research is designed for
nurses, physicians, public health
practitioners and other healthcare
Created by internationally
renowned qualitative researcher and
Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished
Professor Dr. Margarete Sandelowski,
the certificate program is a companion to the five-day Summer Institute
in Qualitative Research, offered
annually at the SON. The certificate
program provides participants with a
solid foundation in qualitative
research. In contrast, the Institute
explores in-depth treatments of spe-
Nursing Administration
For the past several years, the
weeklong Certificate in Clinical
Leadership program has prepared
nursing and other clinical managers with new skills for fulfilling
their administrative roles and
responsibilities. The CE Program is
now preparing a new series called
“Lessons in Leadership” in an effort
to support the development of firstline and aspiring nurse managers.
The first in this series of one-day
workshops for nurse managers on
selected topics in nursing management will be “Finance Essentials for
Nurse Managers” to be held on
October 5th at the Friday Center.
I N N O VAT I O N S and I N I T I AT I V E S
Creating a diverse, culturally proficient workforce
New Options for Psychiatric/Mental
Health Nurses in North Carolina
The School of Nursing is offering a unique alternative to a traditional master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nursing with
support from a federal training
grant entitled Nurses Enhancing
Mental Health Options for the
Underserved in North Carolina
Minority and disadvantaged
populations are susceptible to a
disproportionate share of America’s
mental health problems. NEMHO
is recruiting students from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds
to train as psychiatric mental
health nurse practitioners.
“When the North Carolina state
legislators called for revision of the
mental health system, they set as
one of the goals the creation of a
more diverse, culturally proficient
mental health workforce. NEMHO
will contribute to this effort as well
as bring an extraordinary
resource—the psychiatric clinical
nurse specialist/nurse practitioner—to consumers of mental
health care in North Carolina,”
said SON Professor Dr. Linda
Beeber, who designed the program.
Nachon Adams, who participated in the first year, said, “One of
the reasons I returned to graduate
school to pursue an advanced
degree in psych/mental health
nursing was because I knew mental health reform was taking place
in this state [North Carolina]. One
of the requirements of this reform
effort was that more mental health
services would be delivered in the
community instead of the inpatient setting, where I primarily
worked. Therefore, I wanted to
position myself to be able to care
for the clients I enjoyed serving,
the underserved of NC, but as an
advanced practice nurse. My
personal goals and those of the
NEHMO program were closely
NEMHO teaches health professionals advanced nursing interventions, as well as how to deliver psychotherapy and how to prescribe
and manage medication regimes
in collaboration with a physician.
The program provides educational
experiences that expand students’
understanding of the mental
health needs of their home communities.
Featuring a contextually
enhanced learning curriculum,
NEMHO minimizes travel through
distance education technology
combined with intensive residential classes.
“The use of teleconferencing
equipment and distance education
technology has been a real success
for NEMHO because it’s helped our
students overcome some of the
challenges and obstacles that
would otherwise have prevented
them from returning to school,”
said Beeber. “As we move forward,
we want to continue removing
roadblocks that students from
minority or disadvantaged backgrounds see as obstacles, and provide them with the support they
need to be successful.”
NEMHO partners with Area
Health Education Centers and state
mental health agencies to place
students in clinical experiences
close to where they live. These
placements often develop into
employment opportunities.
Participation in NEMHO qualifies students to take the national
certification exam as a combined
psychiatric mental health clinical
nurse specialist/nurse practitioner
(PMH-CNS and NP).
The program is made possible
The SON’s Nurses Enhancing Mental Health Options for the
Underserved in North Carolina (NEMHO-UNC) is providing a more
diverse, culturally proficient mental health workforce to consumers
of mental health care in the state.
Seen here, NEMHO students and SON faculty participating in the
program’s first year. Seated on floor from left: Clinical Associate
Professor Vicki Kowlowitz; Professor Linda Beeber; Director of IT Jan
Blue. Seated in chairs from left: SON Dean Linda Cronenwett and
students Nachon Adams, Abree Ryans, and Diane Barber. Standing from
left: Clinical Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean Maggie Miller;
Professor Diane Kjervik; students Rachell Black, Clifton Thompson, Jr.,
Dingji Ge, and Sonya Williams-Joseph; Clinical Associate Professor
Victoria Soltis-Jarrett; Clinical Assistant Professor Gail Mazzocco; and
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Multicultural Affairs Rumay
by a three-year $669,647 grant
from the US Department of Health
and Human Services Health
Resources and Services Administration.
Additional support has come from
the UNC Graduate School, and NC
Area Health Education Centers.
NEMHO has also benefited from
successful collaborations with
North Carolina Central University,
Winston-Salem State University
and North Carolina A&T
“… Funding has been a
blessing. Not only was our tuition
covered, but we were also provided
with laptop computers, eyeball
cameras (for distance learning
FALL 2006
activities) and PDAs that could
be used in all of our courses.
Dr. Beeber and the faculty in the
psych/mental health program
have been very accessible and
supportive. The program also
helped us connect with and
develop camaraderie with
other students who have similar
interests. All in all, the NEHMO
program has been very conducive
to my being successful in graduate
school,” said Adams.
At the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Mission: Service
On Sunday, March 12 at 6 a.m., 37 volunteers boarded a bus for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Fourteen hours later, they arrived at their destination, Camp Biloxi, affectionately know as
“Tent City,” a temporary camp for Hurricane Katrina relief workers.
Before returning home six days later, volunteers who participated in the interdisciplinary
service trip provided:
• 1,532 total service hours;
• 1,287 health/medical hours including direct patient care at three clinics for uninsured
residents and/or residents who no longer had providers, and a door-to-door public health
needs assessment;
• 71 hours framing/finishing houses in need of repair;
• 58 hours installing sheet rock;
• 53 hours cleaning up debris;
• 49 hours roofing; and
• 13 hours working at Camp Biloxi.
To read more visit
Community partners Delia Holman (R)
and Kathy Hackney search for medical
supplies at a make-shift clinic located
inside a local church.
“To communicate what we all experienced
on this trip is more than difficult, because
how do you put into words experiencing
something that literally jerks at your spirit,
causing a sense of compassion to be your
only emotion, while a sense of helplessness
nags at you, all the while being humbled by
the frailty of humanity and being reminded
of nature’s great force and disregard for those
who inhabit its land.”
Piles of debris from Katrina washed
up along the coast.
“I felt like I got a well-rounded, full experience by working in all the areas of the clinic.
We were in the pharmacy and I saw how
important it is for nurses to know all the
things we have been taught about medications. I walked away from this experience
more prepared than ever to treat patients and
to understand their medications.”
Jenna Dysart, BSN Class of 2007
Tracey Yahner, BSN Class of 2007
FEMA trailers
The infrastructure including bridges
and roads suffered damage from
high winds and flooding.
Tracey Yahner (L), Class of 2007, with
other volunteers at orientation
“It was truly an eye opening experience for
all of us. The devastation was much worse
than we imagined, the healthcare needs,
including mental health needs, were
immense, and the shortcomings of our current fragmented system were glaring.”
Sonda Oppewal, Associate Dean, Community
Partnerships and Practice, SON
Volunteers received orientation before
going out to conduct a door-to-door
public health needs assessment.
“Survivors spoke of the jobs and worldly
possessions that they lost and those facts were
well broadcasted in news coverage in previous
months. Less publicized were the nightmares,
anxiety, fear, depression and apathy that
they gained. Where was the broadcast that
covered their loss of independence, sense
of security and well being? Members of the
community that were affected by the storm
came to the unit seeking medical care and a
listening ear. So many just wanted to share
their stories and somehow have their experiences validated by that sharing. A listening
ear can provide some comfort, but, in the face
of such adversity, it seemed to me only a tiny
Band-Aid on a huge painful gaping wound.”
Rachell Black, MSN Class of 2009
The SON thanks all volunteers, community partners,
and supporters, including
the Carolina Center for
Public Service, who helped
make this service trip a
success. Volunteers are
students unless otherwise
Doing door-to-door community needs
assignments of the area. From left: SON
researcher Denise Huntley; public health
student Brook Hoots; and pharmacy student Amitabh Suthar.
“Because my background is in research, I
was assigned to help with the community
needs assessment project under the
Mississippi Department of Health. North
Carolina has one of the premier public
health infrastructures in the nation, so the
Mississippi Department of Health had asked
our state to come down and handle a survey
of Katrina survivors. We were divided into
teams and each team was given 30 random
addresses based on census data. Our job was
to go to 21 of the 30 addresses and interview
the families. …Out of the 21 addresses we
went to, all but one family still lived in FEMA
trailers. Many told stories of living in tents
for months before they got a trailer or how
they returned to find their home blocks away
from where it used to be. The residents were
extremely cooperative and wanted to answer
our questions so we could help the state better prepare for future hurricanes.”
Volunteers squeeze into one of the two
rental cars available to them for all their
transportation needs. From left: SON student Anna Lair, Class of 2006; SON faculty
Jane Kaufman; community partner Dr.
Roger Lamanna; and pharmacy student
Amitabh Suthar.
School of Nursing
Rachell Black
Lauren Dickerson
Jenna Dysart
Laura Fletcher
Nansi Gregor-Holt (faculty)
Kelly Hayworth
Denise Huntley (researcher)
Jane Kaufman (faculty)
Anna Lair
Beth Lamanna (faculty)
Bridgette Love
Lydia Mayes
Andria Norris
Sonda Oppewal (faculty)
Christy Robinson
Matthew Scott Fields
Kimberly Swanson
Tracey Yahner
“Volunteers had to take initiative to make sure
the clinics were supplied because the current
system lacked the needed communications
structure. You were trying to get patients into
continuous ongoing care, but the clinics weren’t
always supplied with what patients needed. You
don’t want to tell someone to come back next
week; we might have your medicine then. You
can’t take a person with diabetes, for instance,
and have them on one medication one week and
another next week. Care needs to be consistent.
We were struggling just to get the basics, the
most common, most affordable medications. “
School of Public Health
Paige Bennett
Kevin Brown
Christian Douglas
Bill Emery
Brooke Hoots
Milissa Markiewicz
Cheryll Lesneski (faculty)
Kimberly Porter
Sarah Radke
Lori Thornton
Erin Simmers
Cindi Snider
Kathryn Suyes
Jane Kaufman, Clinical Associate Professor, SON
Denise Huntley, a former social research
assistant for CLOUT-HH Study, SON
“It was a very moving experience, and it was
gratifying to help people in need. I was very
impressed by the resilience and gratitude
of the people of Mississippi. But this terrible
natural disaster, and the persistent lack of
available medical services months after the
storm, underscores the inadequacies and
inequity in our healthcare system.”
Dr. Roger Lamanna, Chapel Hill Internal
Medicine, Community Partner
Many families returned to find their homes
destroyed. Even seven months later, the
damage Katrina caused is visible.
School of Education
Rachel Winters (staff)
From left: SON faculty Beth Lamanna; community partner Rev. Sheryl Faulk; and nursing student Kelly Hayworth, Class of 2007.
UNC College of Arts
& Sciences
Corey Winstead
“If pictures are said to speak louder than
words, first hand experiences can be said to
leave lasting impressions. Having never seen
the Gulf Coast prior to Katrina, my only
preparation for the trip was years of reading
public health data that repeatedly placed
Mississippi at the bottom of U.S. health
indices. Health, that is, as defined by the
World Health Organization; ‘…a state of
complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease
or infirmity.’ The week I spent working with
students and health professional volunteers
in communities along the Gulf Coast confirmed the data and put multiple human
faces to years of neglect and compromise.
The healthcare crisis in the U.S. has a
human face in every state of the Union;
along the Gulf Coast it merely tragically
continues to fester under piles and piles of
debris. I will never forget the stories...”
UNC School of Pharmacy
Amitabh Suther
Community Partners
Roger Lamanna, MD,
Chapel Hill Internal
Medicine and UNC School
of Medicine Faculty
Gary Black, Health
Specialist, Mecklenburg
County Health Dept
Delia Holman, LPN, Chapel
Hill Internal Medicine
Kathy Hackney, RN, UNC
Hospitals (recently retired)
Beth Lamanna, Clinical Instructor, SON
FALL 2006
A competitive environment...
a personal accomplishment
Getting In
“I was very nervous about
being accepted to nursing school,”
said Katherine Owen, BSN Class of
2008. “To prepare, I took the
classes required for admission.
With all of the requirements for
nursing school and all of the general requirements for Carolina,
there wasn't much room in my
schedule for taking anything
extra. I talked to a nursing school
admissions counselor during my
freshman year after not doing as
well as I wanted to in biochemistry. She reassured me that the
sciences here [at Carolina] are
tough and that I was still in the
running for being accepted,” said
Katherine’s story isn’t so
unusual. Many students are nervous about applying to nursing
school and with good reason.
According to the North Carolina
Center for Nursing fewer than half
of the 15,000 qualified candidates
who applied to the state’s nursing
programs in 2003 were offered
admissions. Last year at Carolina,
of the over 600 applicants who
applied for admissions, 175 were
Faculty shortages, strained
budgets and inadequate learning
space are just a few of the reasons
nursing schools are making tough
decisions about who gets in and
why students hoping to enter
nursing school face tough competition.
No doubt many SON alumni
can relate. Getting into Carolina’s
School of Nursing has always been
competitive. Nursing has often
been regarded as one of the most
respected and honorable of professions since the time when it was
one of the few career choices
women had, all the way up until
today when students of all genders
and backgrounds seek out the
choices and flexibility found in
nursing careers.
Joe Kleinman, BSN Class of
2007, admitted he was nervous
applying to nursing school, too.
“The application process appeared
to be very simple—an application, three essays, no interview.
How bad could that be? Well, summing yourself up in a few paragraphs, so that people can determine whether you make it in to
UNC is a pretty daunting task,”
said Joe, who was encouraged to
apply to the SON by his younger
Joe Kleinman and his sister Rachel
sister, Rachel, who was also
“We both struggled to sum
ourselves up in meaningful ways.
After a friend of mine told me that
the Hebrew word for nurse is ‘Ach,’
and that it also means brother
and sister in Hebrew, the words
flowed more easily. My sister found
what she wanted to say, and we
both proofread each other’s essay.
We must have given great advice
to each other, because we both
made it into UNC,” said Joe.
Rachel, BSN Class of 2008,
decided to consider nursing school
after meeting an SON alumna
where she worked. “She loved her
job and encouraged me to consider a career in nursing. When she
found out I got into UNC, she
pretty much screamed into the
phone she was so excited. She didn’t have a single bad thing to say
about nursing school at UNC. She
said the faculty is excellent, the
experience is top notch, and she
kept emphasizing how difficult it
is to get in and what an accomplishment it is. She also emphasized how the school ranks in the
nation and how well known the
programs are,” said Rachel.
During the application process,
Rachel sought advice from Kathy
Moore, the SON’s director of
Admissions and Student Services
on how to improve her essay to
better her chances of getting in.
“We take our responsibility to
educate the state’s future healthcare professionals very seriously,”
said Moore. “We are not only
looking for highly qualified candidates, we are looking for students
who demonstrate the most potential to meet the high academic
standards the School of Nursing
expects and the rigorous
standards the nursing profession
“It’s an honor to be accepted,”
said Rachel. “The faculty here are
very positive and supportive. They
want us to succeed. They work
with us to help us be successful.”
At the SON, not only faculty
members, but alumni and friends,
have made it a priority to help
students be successful in their
nursing careers and in life. In
recent years, Nancy Gray Pyne and
SON Associate Professor Mary
Lynn have stepped forward to
create emergency funds to help
students through unexpected
crises—be it family health emergencies or other dire situations.
Their financial assistance helps
students stay in nursing school
through challenging and stressful
Scholarship funds, made
possible through private gifts,
also open doors to prospective
students who otherwise would
not be able to attend. More information about scholarships at
the SON can be found online at /development/giving_student.html
“My advice for applying to
nursing school—have faith in
yourself and let it show,” said Joe.
“Nobody is looking for you to
know already how to be a nurse
when you apply. They are looking
to see if you are willing to learn
and apply what you learn to help
people when they need you the
most,” he said.
For more info about programs
offered by the SON, visit us online
Class of 1956
Seated from left: Natalie Salter Baggett, Jane Snyder Norris, Jessie
Carraway Heizer, Carolyn White London, Peggy Needham Heinsohn,
Billie Dobbs Rogers, Elizabeth Hamilton Darden, Dorothy McNeely
Elliott, Katherine Widman Carter and Arlene Thurston, BSN '55.
Standing from left: Emily Robeson Hubbard, Lee McCarter Cranford,
Sally Smith Baldwin, Ruth Corwin Whitman, Landon Lewis Fox, Geneva
File Williams, Evelyn Farmer Alexander, Sara Elizabeth Usher, Jane King
Grizzard, Jane Sox Monroe and Jane Kelly Monroe.
Seated from left: Evelyn Farmer Alexander, Natalie Salter Baggett,
Carolyn White London, Jessie Carraway Heizer, Jane Kelly Monroe and
Elizabeth Hamilton Darden. Standing from left: Peggy Needham
Heinsohn, Sally Smith Baldwin, Emily Robeson Hubbard, Lee McCarter
Cranford, Jane King Grizzard, Geneva File Williams, Jane Snyder Norris,
Landon Lewis Fox, Katherine Widman Carter, Jane Sox Monroe and
Dorothy McNeely Elliott. Not pictured: Dorothy Ketner McGirt, Billie
Dobbs Rogers, Sara Elizabeth Usher and Ruth Corwin Whitman.
“The second to graduate, but always first class.”
Getting ready to walk at
May 2006 commencement.
Jess Heizer (L), Jane Monroe
(C) and Peggy Heinsohn
catch up over lunch at Hope
Valley Country Club in
Durham, NC.
Sally Smith Baldwin
remembers what Chapel
Hill looked like in 1956.
Emily Hubbard (L) and
Dot Elliot (R) reminisce.
Ben and Evelyn Alexander
look through a scrapbook
of memories.
Carolyn London tells SON Dean Linda
Cronenwett and Director of Advancement
Norma Hawthorne about the General
Alumni Association’s activities for alums
returning for 50th reunions.
FALL 2006
Alumni Appreciation and Professional Development Day
Alums were invited to celebrate Nurses Appreciation Week with the SON. With support from the Johnson and Johnson
Campaign for Nursing’s Future, the School hosted Alumni Appreciation and Professional Development Day on May 9,
2006. More than 80 alums participated, networked, socialized and earned continuing education credit.
Alumni Appreciation and Professional
Development Day offered several
continuing education sessions covering
multiple topics of interest.
Holly Rabinovich (L), BSN ’92 and
Tessa Kankelfritz, BSN ’86, catch up
over breakfast before the day’s
activities begin.
Matt Miller (L), BSN ’98 and Laura
Stout, BSN ’77, await SON alum
Derek Chrisco’s, BSN ’91, presentation of “Trauma Update.”
Save the Date! Alumni Day is October 28
The SON welcomes alumni from all classes back for a day of food, football and fun!
The classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001 will celebrate
reunions. If you’d like to help organize something special for your class, contact the
alumni affairs office at 919-966-4619 or [email protected]
The Alumni Association hosted a
reception at the 2006 NCNA Spring
Symposium. Seen here are Susan
Pierce (L), MSN ’75, and Jane Mayes
Link, BSN ’74.
In March, friends and families in the
Ann Arbor, Michigan, area gathered
to enjoy dinner with SON Dean
Linda Cronenwett. Seated from left:
Cynthia Hill Hartman, ’82; Dean
Linda Cronenwett. Standing from
left: Prashant Kamdar, Richard
Redman, former associate dean for
Academic Affairs at the SON; Nipa
Kinariwala Kamdar, MSN ’03; Leith
Hartman III; Joan Brown, MSN ’72;
Kristen Brown; Sandra Brown.
Alums stand with Rameses, UNC’s
mascot, for a photo before taking
tours of the School’s new sustainable
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The Alumni Association hosted a
scholarship dinner at Top of the Hill
restaurant on Franklin Street in Chapel
Hill, NC, on April 5 for students who
received SON Alumni Association
Scholarships. They were recognized
for their excellent academic records,
achievements and service.
From left: Greg Simpson, ’01; Nancy
Smith, ’73; Meg Gambrell Zomorodi
’01; scholarship recipient Stewart
Bond, MSN ’88, PhD program;
Courtney Rawls, ’01; Laura Calamos
Nasir, ’98, Bonnie Angel, ’79; Nancy
Freeman, ’73; scholarship recipient Chi
Rutherford, ’06; scholarship recipient
Megan Manuel, ’02, ANP program;
scholarship recipient Eileen Mulligan,
Nancy Freeman, ’73, stood in line
outside of the American Red
Cross bus to give blood at the
SON’s annual blood drive. The
Alumni Association has been supporting the School’s blood drive
since 2002 when then nursing
student Amy Brenneman, BSN ’03,
initiated the project as a way for
students and alumni to give back
to the community.
A convergence of talents
Afshin Meymandi, (BSN ‘92,
MSN ’00), is fulfilling his passion
for biology, art and patient education through his nursing career.
Born in Iran, Meymandi came
to the U.S. in 1966 as a language
instructor for the Peace Corps. After
earning a degree in biology from
UNC, Meymandi worked in molecular biology research until returning
to school for his nursing degree.
“I feel fortunate to be educated
in one of the best schools of nursing
and work in a teaching hospital like
UNC Hospitals,” he said.
For the last 15 years, Meymandi
has been working in the psychiatric
unit at UNC Hospitals. It was the
first nursing job he took after graduating from the SON. He saw a need
for patient education and has put
his talents to work producing over
thirty educational booklets and
pamphlets aimed at helping
patients understand their illnesses
and treatments.
“I believe that whenever a
patient gains the understanding of
the mechanics of his or her illness,
and also learns the workings of
available treatment methods,
insightfully he or she finds the best
combination and becomes his or
her own most effective healer,” said
Meymandi expanded on his
booklets and pamphlets when he
decided to start creating videos. His
first production was an “Orientation
to Crisis Unit.” He had to put his car
up as collateral to
rent the $12,000
camera to
film the piece. “That made my work
look professional,” he said. By using
actual hospital staff to explain how
the psychiatric unit functions, the
video better prepared patients than
the traditional, prepackaged materials used previously. In exit interviews, patients said they found it
helpful to become immediately
familiar with the people who
worked in the unit and learn
what their roles were. Meymandi
determined that the video reduced
anxiety and stress by removing their
fear of the unknown.
Meymandi started to incorporate
more audiovisual concepts in his
patient education materials. “In
some surrealistic fashion, nurses
can extend themselves beyond the
limits of time and space by using
electronic media,” said Meymandi,
who has benefited from several
small grants that help fund the
creation of his patient education
In collaboration with the
“Spanish Interpreters at UNCH,”
some very important mental heath
themes for immigrant populations
were addressed. Patients responded
to a video presentation (dramatization) and learned about some of the
critical and emergency concerns
regarding post partum depression
and alcohol abuse.
Meymandi’s latest trans-cultural
package was a media production
that he worked on with Dr. Lorna
Harris, director of the nursing
school at North Carolina Central
University and former professor at
UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Harris’ grant
funding helped to recruit parish
nurses to promote health in AfricanAmerican communities. The magic
of Meymandi’s work was to stylize
the educational material in concert
with the pride of African-American
populations. “We are writing this up
for publication,” Meymandi proudly
Meymandi’s latest product uses a
DVD-based hyperlink, an educational method inspired by the Internet.
A patient is offered a menu where he
or she can choose a subtopic or
hyperlink of interest. Then by clicking a mouse or remote, the patient
can view short and concise information regarding that topic. The
hyperlink might be an interview
with an expert, a demonstration of a
procedure or an animation of how
things work. Preliminary findings
indicate that the average time spent
by a patient engaged with the
hyperlink is over 50 percent greater
than those who passively watched
the continuous teaching video modules. Sigma Theta Tau recognized
Meymandi's DVD-based hyperlink as
an effective new educational
method and awarded him with the
2004 Pinnacle Award for computerbased public education technology.
Through nursing, Meymandi
said he has been able to practice
using all his humanity and talents.
His energy was recognized by
the chair of the Department of
Psychiatry at UNC School of
Medicine, where he was appointed
an adjunct faculty member in 2002.
“I feel honored and also an
immense sense of obligation to
create situations where our residents
will be able to teach patients
through collaborative work with
nurses,” he said.
Meymandi enjoys the recognition because he said it opens the
doors for him to secure more
funding for his work. Recently,
Meymandi has begun to track
patient outcomes through the use of
interviews, so that he can provide
concrete data about the success of
his materials.
“I am trying to define my areas
of talent and expertise, and communicate with those who may want to
use them in their teaching or
research projects. I am grateful for
the support of my talented managers, directors and especially my
co-workers. For a man from the
Middle East, I have traveled a long
way to be a nurse,” he said.
LEFT: Afshin Meymandi, (BSN ‘92, MSN ’00), is finding an opportunity to use
all of his talents in his nursing career, including his artistic abilities, to create
patient education materials. A self portrait of Meymandi is shown at left.
FALL 2006
Dr. Cheryl S. “Sparky”
Alexander, BSN ’67 died
at her home in Maryland on
March 10, 2006, after a
seven-year battle with ocular
Sparky, as her classmates
called her, went on to earn a
master’s degree in nursing
from New York University in
1971. She later earned her
doctorate in public health
from Johns Hopkins
Throughout her career,
Alexander taught nursing and
conducted nursing research.
Her field was adolescent
health behaviors, and she
published more than 50
research articles and book
chapters on the topic. In
1993, she became the founding director of the Center for
Adolescent Health Promotion
and Disease Prevention at the
Bloomberg School of Public
Health at Johns Hopkins.
She received honors from the
American Academy of
Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau.
The Society for Adolescent
Medicine gave her a Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2005.
Alexander continued to teach
until two weeks before her
death. Her classmates are
planning to honor her with a
memorial at the SON.
Bonnie Hensley, BSN’ 64,
died unexpectedly in March.
The 88-year-old faculty emerita was actively involved with
the School of Nursing up until
just a few short days before
her death.
Hensley was a life-long educator. Before coming to UNC,
she served at Duke teaching
surgical techniques to nurses.
From 1967 until 1983, when
she retired, she was an associate professor at UNC Chapel
Hill SON where she taught
nursing management.
During her time at the SON,
Hensley was instrumental in
initiating the Nursing Update
Refresher program for nurses
who wanted to return to
practice. She also traveled the
state teaching assertiveness
training to nurses and other
health professionals through
North Carolina Area Health
Education Centers.
Your gifts sustain us
From the Foundation President
To Our Alumni and Friends:
Nina Lawson
MSN ’84
Barbara Williams
Madden, MSN ’60
I wish I could address each of you personally to thank you for your annual
gifts and your support for the Carolina First Campaign. The SON is in a
much better position to recruit talented students and faculty because of you.
Seventeen months remain in the Carolina First Campaign. We have
reached 88% of our $15 million goal, and a tad less than $2 million remains
to be raised.
Your annual gifts to the campaign are an investment in the future for
Carolina nursing. How? Through wise fund management by the SON
Foundation, we have often realized annual returns of over 15% on our trust
funds and endowment. Each year, five percent of the earnings go into the SON
budget to support the School’s mission. The remainder is reinvested in the
endowment so that future generations of students and faculty members will
have the support they need.
Jim & Jane Smith
What do these people
have in common?
They’ve ensured our School of
Nursing’s future success—
and given themselves a steady stream of income in the
meantime. That’s the magic of planned giving.
What’s more, they benefited from an immediate charitable deduction. In some cases, they even saved on capital
gains tax and increased their income by funding their
gift to Carolina with low-income-producing assets such
as real estate or appreciated stock.
When you make a gift to the annual fund, we are able to respond to
immediate, expendable needs in each budget year, such as:
• service-learning experiences for students during spring break;
• a faculty leave to complete research for a doctoral dissertation;
• recognition for a student who exemplifies scholarly multicultural
• student awards for academic excellence and achievement;
• technology enhancements for clinical education; and
• international program development and student exchange.
Here’s one example:
Nursing schools are competing nationally to recruit and retain the very
best faculty to combat shortages in nurse educators. Statewide, our SON is at
the forefront of educating academic leaders for North Carolina. Your gifts
make the difference in our ability to educate additional faculty to meet the
growing demands. Without them, we will be unable to educate nurses to
provide care at the bedside.
If you’re 70 and have a Certificate of Deposit coming due
that pays only 3 percent, you can give that cash to UNC
and get a 6.5 percent return for life, plus an income tax
deduction of around 40 percent of the gift amount.
As you think about what you can do to help the school, consider these
options: make a yearly gift to the annual fund, organize a class gift, or
designate the SON as a beneficiary in your will (just be sure to let us know).
If you’re interested in learning more about how you, too, can
increase your income, save taxes and support Carolina’s mission,
please contact Norma Hawthorne, director of advancement at
919-966-4619 or norma_hawthorne[email protected]
We need you even more now. Thank you in advance for helping us in
whatever way you can.
Margaret Ferguson Raynor, BSN `67
School of Nursing Foundation, Inc.
Recognizing Carrington and Gerrard Societies
In March, the School of Nursing
hosted a reception honoring members of its Carrington Society and
the University’s Gerrard Society.
Carrington Society members
demonstrate their commitment to
the mission of the School of Nursing
through annual gifts of $1,000 or
more. Members of the University’s
Gerrard Society have made planned
gifts to the School of Nursing ensuring the success of generations of
future nursing leaders.
To learn more about the
Carrington or Gerrard Societies,
visit the SON online at
Jane Smith (L) and Hilda Patterson
our future
From left: Gwen Waddell-Schultz, BSN ’70, MSN ’76; Patty Hill,
BSN ’69; and SON Professor Emerita Laurie Ferris.
Professor Emerita Marge Miles (L) and
Anne Wilson
Nancy Scott Fuller (L) with SON Director
of Advancement Norma Hawthorne
Geri Laport, BSN ’55, and her
husband Bob.
Helen Umphlet (L) with SON Dean Linda
Emeritus Dean Laurel Archer Copp
SON Foundation Board President
Margaret Raynor (L), BSN ’67, and
Dean Linda Cronenwett
FALL 2006
With less than 17
months remaining in the
Carolina First Campaign,
we are setting our sights
on making our $15 million goal. Our wonderful
alumni and friends have
made gifts and pledges
to date of over $13 million. If two people or
families make a commitment to fund a professorship, we will reach
our goal. Or perhaps you
know someone who
would like to name our
building addition. And,
would you consider
making a bequest to the
SON and letting us
Wilson Scholarship Grows
Sights set on an annual award
Anne Wilson, Katherine’s mother,
and David Greer celebrate at the
bass fishing benefit tournament that
raised over $17,600 this year for the
Katherine Wilson Scholarship Fund.
The Katherine Wilson
Scholarship Fund has grown to over
$130,000. Friends and family of
Katherine are setting their sights
on raising a total of $200,000.
This will allow the SON to make a
scholarship award to an incoming
junior every year. The scholarship is
held for two years.
“It’s amazing to think that there
will be a Katherine Wilson Scholar
each and every year. I know so
many of Katherine’s friends and
family want this,” said Katherine’s
friend David Greer.
Katherine died in February 2005
after a 5-year battle with small cell
lung cancer. She was just 28 years
old. Katherine was diagnosed at age
23, just months after entering the
SON. In May 2004, she graduated
with a BSN and was honored with
Sigma Theta Tau membership.
In April 2006, Foothills Marine
in Morganton made a $17,600 gift
to the Fund by sponsoring a bass
fishing benefit tournament at Lake
Norman. Foothills Marine owner
Matt Farris was a high school
classmate of Katherine’s.
Goal: $15 million
in 7-year campaign
July 1,1999 to December 31, 2007
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Today’s Gifts
for Tomorrow’s
$13 million
Jim (L) and Jane (C) Smith attended Alumni Appreciation and Professional
Development Day 2006 to hear Leslie Davis’ presentation about cardiovascular health.
A New Addition
Anne Webb, associate director of alumni affairs, and
her husband Chris, welcomed Phillip Grady Webb into the
family on May 12, 2006. Anne, who is on maternity leave,
will return to the SON in September.
Jane and Jim Smith have
created a doctoral scholarship in
cardiovascular nursing that will
support a graduate student who
will eventually teach and conduct
research. The first recipient is SON
Clinical Associate Professor Leslie
Davis (R), BSN ’85, MSN ’89, RN,
CS, ANP, who begins the program
this fall. The Smith’s gift is in two
parts: they are contributing to an
expendable fund to provide current
support as they also build an
endowment that will ensure
support for future students.
Gifts of Art
Warming the spaces
The Gifts of Art Campaign is a resounding success.
“I saw this beautiful new building and all the gathering spaces devoid of wall décor and I wanted to do
something unique for the School. Alumni and friends
have responded from all over the country. Even a few
are artists themselves,” said Denise Taylor Darden,
BSN `77, vice president of the SON Foundation, Inc.
Ronconada GALERIA, in Alpine,
Texas, which features her work
and works from other west Texas
artists and artisans. Her gift to the
SON is an oil painting, “Summer
at Kerr Lake, NC” (lower left).
Her work can be seen at
Carol McDowell, BSN ’74, is
testimony to the many
talents of our alumni. An avid
and exhibited quilter, Carol
created a maple leaf quilt that
she has gifted.
Mary Ann Matteson, BSN
’77, retired from a career in nursing in 2000. She is an emeritus
professor at the University of
Texas Health Science Center at
San Antonio School of Nursing.
Her scholarly work was devoted to
gerontological nursing and the
care of people with dementia. In
retirement, Mary Ann has been
able to concentrate on her first
love—art. She has been painting
landscapes, figures and portraits
almost her entire life. In 2005,
she opened an art gallery,
Zina and Peter DiFalco
were introduced to the SON by
Associate Professor Emerita
Laurie Ferris, who was director
of continuing education for 19
years. Zina, a painter and sculptress trained in Europe and at
the Art Students League in
Manhattan, wanted to know her
work would be exhibited and
appreciated far into the future. “It
gives me a great deal of pleasure
to know that my art will be part of
the life of the School of Nursing,
and perhaps in some small way,
an inspiration to students, too,”
said Zina.
Above: T.J. Reddy and
Shirley Spaugh Rosen,
BSN `67 show Reddy’s gift
to the SON.
T.J. Reddy is a noted
Charlotte artist, muralist, poet,
and educator. His friend, Shirley
Spaugh Rosen, BSN `67, has collected T.J.’s work for almost 40
years. When Shirley heard about
the Gifts of Art campaign, she
asked T.J. if he would consider
giving the School one of his
pieces. “I said, ‘yes’ because I
have a commitment to building
and improving communities, and
nurses share these values,” said
Reddy. To view his work, go to
George Hayes, husband
of Pat Hayes, BSN ’67, created a table fountain.
If you are interested in
making a Gift of Art to the
School of Nursing, please
contact Denise Darden
at [email protected] or
(910)686-4786; or
Norma Hawthorne at
[email protected]
edu or (919)966-4619.
Pat Hayes, BSN `67, is director of nursing at Mountain AHEC
in Asheville. She is also an
accomplished potter, as is her
husband, George. Pat created a
ceramic wall hanging (above)
and George constructed an
extraordinary ceramic table fountain (right) for the SON.
FALL 2006
Community Partners Benefit Too!
The SON would like to
congratulate its 2006
inductees into the Alpha
Alpha Chapter of Sigma
Theta Tau International.
at specific circumstances and challenges while offering valuable feedback to our clinical management.
The link that the extern provides us
back to the University, the School of
Nursing, and the faculty/program
administrators is also an important
Michelle Abrams
Jennifer Allran
Stacey Anderegg
Rebecca Bolding
Jennifer Bradford
Ashley Brooks
Lauren Bruce
Jessica Cabaniss
Alison Cleary
Patricia Crowder
Kelly Cunningham
Jennifer del Valle
Matthew Heeden
Sara Hines
Ryan Hobbs
Elizabeth Hopewell
Emra Hopkins*
Shelli Hoyes
Victoria Hunter*
Stacy Jackson
Kimberly Jones
Marissa Kane
Michelle Kern
Christina Kim
Jennifer Lagasca
Susan Lee
Leah Leitch
Elizabeth McLaurin
Kay Nelson
Marina Nogues
Beth O'Donohue*
Kristi Page
Anne Poulsen
Kelly Roberts
Kathleen Schmitt*
Katherine Schultz
Lee Ann Shearon
Jennifer Simpson
Gretchen Steelman
Lauren Stepneski
Jennifer Stroud
Kimberly Swanson
Dana Villalas
Gretchen Wallace
Erin Wheeler
Morgan Whitesell
Melanie Wicher
Noriko Yokoi*
Externs provide a fresh look
While we often tell you about
the tremendous benefits summer
externships provide SON students,
we seldom tell you what the benefits
of those working relationships are
for our community partners. Here
we talk with Paul Tax, community
partner and former assistant health
director at Buncombe County Health
Center in Asheville, NC, to find out
what he saw as the benefits to him
and his organization.
Q. For our students, summer
externships provide a number
of valuable benefits including
hands-on learning. How do you
benefit from working with
Carolina nursing students?
A. I would describe it as a symbiotic relationship. The benefits to our
staff in orienting and training an
extern, who is already educated in
the principles of nursing and the
public health practice of it, is valuable. Having a knowledgeable and
enthusiastic extern was a welcome
challenge to our staff, and justified
the investment of time and resources
to help bring the extern along with
hands-on learning.
Externs can provide a fresh look
Q. What is your impression of
Carolina nursing students?
A. We were very impressed with the
level of maturity and enthusiasm of
our Carolina nursing student.
Being from Asheville and having
had some prior knowledge of the
role the Buncombe County Health
Center had in the community, our
extern hit the ground running. She
acclimated well to the different units
within our Center, which she had a
chance to work with during her
externship. With the additional
experience of her externship behind
her, we are confident that she will
make a terrific nurse! We hope that
she will consider public health nursing among her professional options.
Q. Are your impressions in line
with what you expect from
A. If you would look at our organizational chart, you would see very
clearly the impact that Carolina has
had on the Buncombe County
Health Center. Among our leadership
team are a number of Carolina
We have always come to expect
great things from Carolina. Our
nursing extern certainly carried
forward that tradition of excellence
in scholarship and commitment to
Q. What skills (or experiences,
career advice, etc.,) do you
think are important to share
with students during their
externships and why?
A. To show the profession of public
health nursing for what it is—an
opportunity to impact a community
positively, to work with dedicated
professional staff, and to draw on
the rewards and satisfactions of
providing excellent services to individual patients and to the public—
and in so doing, to dispel some of
the conventional wisdom around
public health and its shortcomings.
Through the externship, we seek
to immerse the student as deeply
into the organization and into our
nursing and clinical practices as we
can, and to allow that student to
draw conclusions that may shape
his/her remaining education and
career options.
Q. Thank you, Paul.
A. Thank you for the opportunity
to participate and to respond. I
believe in the value of externship
experiences as a means of giving
nursing students exposure to public
health in practice that may supplement their classroom and other
healthcare experiences.
With Honors
*RN-BSN Students
2006 Honors in Nursing. Front row, from left: Melanie
Wicher*, Christina Martinez Kim, Kristi Page and Kimberly
Swanson*. Back row, from left: Erin Wheeler, Gretchen
Wallace and Lauren Stepneski. *Denotes Highest Honors
Seven members of the Class of 2006 earned
the right to graduate with Honors by completing
year long research projects. Each year, the SON
recognizes students who graduate with Honors by
presenting them with a monetary award established
by the classmates and friends of Tammy Flake, a
member of the class of 1989, who passed away
shortly before graduation. The awards are made
possible through an endowed fund created by her
parents, Jimmy and Jean Flake.
To read more about this year’s Honors students,
Students Host Global Health Fair
Bolstering awareness for competent care
By Christina Martinez Kim BSN ’06
& Megan Murphy, Class of 2007
Undergraduate students with
help from the Global Health
Committee staged the first annual
School of Nursing Global Health
Fair. Organizers hosted several
events April 4-7, 2006, that coincided
with World Health Day.
Over the course of the week,
activities included airing the documentaries, Rx for Survival and
Invisible Children; a moderated
faculty panel, including Jean
Davison, Chris Harlan, Ed Halloran,
and Gudrun Kristjansdottir; and
faculty presentations by Bill Powell
and Gwen Sherwood that addressed
international research and global
health respectively.
Students who had recently traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for
a service trip or to Guatemala over
the spring break gave excellent presentations describing their experiences. Several students also staffed
displays representing the Student
Health Action Coalition, the
Association of Nursing Students, and
the Kate B. Reynold's Charitable
Trust Summer Work Externship.
Compassion Med International, the
University Center for International
Studies, and the Center for
Innovation in Health Disparities
Research also provided ideas and
opportunities for student involvement with global health.
The Fair was intended to bolster
global health awareness within the
SON. Given the diversity within
North Carolina along with the
School's commitment to impart
culturally competent care, global
health has a role to play within the
future of nursing at Carolina.
International visiting scholar
Gudrun Kristjansdottir, from
Iceland, remarked during the panel
discussion that, “Nursing relates to
human needs which makes it
universal and basic to all humans.
Nurses need to be able to place nursing in a wider social and cultural
context in their practice; and nursing students, in their studies. This is
true for many other professions as
well, but especially nursing since it
deals primarily with the needs of
people in a highly personal and
local context, that in most instances,
and more often than not, is different
than their own; be it Chapel Hill or
Olafsfjordur or Bacco.”
For more, visit
Lisa Biltz (L) and Megan Harless at
the 54th Annual NSNA Convention.
In the exhibit hall, we networked
with hundreds of nurse recruiters
from all over the country, made new
friends, including our neighbors in
Mississippi, where we now have contacts for Hurricane Katrina Relief. We
Yunkyung Chang
Cathy Clark
Deborah Fuldner
Kellie Furin
Tiffany Gibson
Cherry Graves
Lana Kuenzi
Brenda Landau
Jennifer Mako
Megan Manuel
Jeongok Park
Rachel Stephens
Rachel VanBree
Lori Wise
Nurse Leaders
Rebecca Burns
Gail Creech
Issac Francis
Carol Kozel
Lisa Mason
Evette Patterson
Allyson Perry
Dale Smith
Carmelina Tripp
Reneé Wesson
Molly Beal
Lisa Blitz
Jennifer Davis
Matthew Fields
Leigh Mullen
Laura Niday
Mary R. Lynn, PhD, RN
Vice President:
Barbara Jo Foley, PhD,
Setting Sail to a World of Wellness
Along with over 3,000 nursing
students from across the nation, we
spent the week of April 4-9, 2006, in
Baltimore, Maryland, for the 54th
Annual National Student Nurses’
Association Convention. Before our
exciting trip, we had no idea how
enlightening this conference would be.
While serving as representatives in
the House of Delegates, we each took
an opportunity to make our voices
heard in support of some of the resolutions and helped elect the national
board of directors. We also learned
about pertinent issues in nursing, as
well as proper parliamentary proce-
Graduate Students
Alpha Alpha
Chapter Board
NSNA National Convention
By Lisa Biltz & Megan Harless,
Class of 2007
gathered many ideas to bring back to
our local chapter on how to increase
involvement and our fundraising
One of our biggest goals, as a
result of this convention, is to
encourage more students from
Carolina to attend national and state
conferences. Every nursing student
should experience what we did on his
or her own. We learned so much that
has increased our excitement about
nursing. We wish this for our fellow
future nurses from Carolina! Thanks
to everyone for the support you have
given us, and we encourage and hope
for your continuing support so that
we can continue to shine as Carolina
nursing students!
FALL 2006
Karla Brown, MSN, RN
Laura Calamos Nasir,
Research Chair:
Betty Woodard, PhD
1st Counselor:
Roberta Dillon, MSN, RN
2nd Counselor:
Kathy Moore, MSN, RN
Leadership Succession:
Beth Lamanna, MPH,
Bylaws Representation:
Betty Woodard, PhD
The nation’s nursing shortage will
only be alleviated by reducing the
shortage of nursing faculty according to a recent report published by
the Association of Academic
Health Centers. (Spring 2006,
Recognitions & Appointments
Across the country, nursing programs are turning away qualified
applicants because they do not
have enough faculty, among other
reasons, to educate more students.
In North Carolina, fewer than half
of the 15,000 qualified candidates
who applied to the state’s nursing
programs in 2003 were offered
admissions according to data from
the NC Center for Nursing.
Mary Turner Lane (L), Diane Kjervik
(C), and Jane Brown (R)
Linda Beeber, professor, was
named the 2005 Researcher of the
Year by the North Carolina Nurses
Linda Cronenwett, dean and
professor, was appointed by North
Carolina Governor Mike Easley to
the NC Institute of Medicine.
Carol Durham, clinical associate professor and director of the
Clinical Education and Resource
Center, was named the 2005
Educator of the Year by the North
Carolina Nurses Association.
New Faculty
Zhen Lin joined the SON in July
as a research assistant professor.
Lin completed her undergraduate
studies in nursing at Peking Union
Medical College in Beijing, the MSN
in cardiovascular nursing from the
University of California at San
Francisco, and the PhD in biomedical informatics from Stanford
University. She holds a joint
appointment with UNC’s Center
for Genomic Sciences.
Mark Weaver joined the SON in
December as a research assistant
professor. Weaver earned his
doctorate from UNC Chapel Hill’s
Department of Biostatistics in 2001.
Prior to joining the SON, Weaver
was the assistant director of biostatistics at Rho, Inc., a research firm.
Robin Knobel joined the SON in
July as an assistant professor. Knobel
completed her Neonatal Nurse
Practitioner certificate in 1994,
earned her master’s in nursing from
East Carolina University and her
doctorate from UNC Chapel Hill.
Debbie Travers joined the SON
in July as an assistant professor. Travers
earned the PhD in information and
library science and the master’s degree
in nursing from UNC Chapel Hill. She is
an elected fellow of the Academy of
Emergency Nursing.
Jean Davison was appointed to
clinical assistant professor in May
and will assume the role of
advanced practice area coordinator.
She is a Family Nurse Practitioner
who holds the MSN degree from
UNC Chapel Hill. Davison, an emergency medicine provider and Albert
Schweitzer Fellow, participated in
New Orleans Katrina relief efforts.
Jennifer Leeman completed
a SON postdoctoral fellowship
and rejoined the faculty in July as
clinical assistant professor. She
earned the PhD in public health
from UNC Chapel Hill, and holds
Beth Lamanna, clinical instructor, was awarded the Village Pride
Award from WCHL 1360 for planning a medical mission trip to help
Gulf Coast residents affected by
Hurricane Katrina.
Marge Miles, professor, received
an award named in her honor from
the Society of Pediatric Nurses in
recognition of her outstanding leadership and contributions to the field
of pediatric nursing.
Susan Foley Pierce, professor,
was elected secretary of the
American Nurses Association.
Anne Skelly, associate professor,
was inducted as a 2006 Fellow in
the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners. Fellows are recognized
leaders who have
made outstanding
contributions to
health care through
nurse practitioner
clinical practice,
research, education Skelly
or policy.
Ashlie White
In order to meet the demand for
more nurses in North Carolina, the
SON is expanding admissions starting in January 2007. The School is
aggressively recruiting the very best
faculty from across the country to
fill open positions. As competitive
recruitment factors become more
pressing, fellowships and other
support mechanisms will play a
crucial role in the School's ability to
recruit and retain talented nursing
faculty. This support is only possible
when donors step forward with
private gifts.
Diane Kjervik, professor, was
appointed chair of Division I at the
SON, which encompasses faculty in
adult health, geriatric health and
nursing systems. Kjervik was also
recently awarded the Mary Turner
Lane award for her work on behalf
of women as director of the
Carolina Women’s Center.
Merle Mishel,
Kenan professor of
nursing, was appointed director of the
SON’s doctoral and
post- doctoral programs.
Ashlie White
Bev Foster, clinical associate
professor and director of undergraduate programs, was recently elected
chair of the North Carolina Board of
Lisa Miller joined the SON in February 2006
as assistant dean of Administrative Services.
Miller is a certified public accountant with a BS
in marketing and an MBA from Louisiana State Lisa Miller,
University. Prior to joining the SON, Miller was Assistant Dean
an associate director at the University of Florida
College of Nursing where she was responsible for the financial
management of state budgets, contracts and grants, facilities and
finances of the nursing clinical operations.
master’s degrees in both public
health and divinity.
Valerie Lunsford earned the
BSN and MSN degrees from
University of Texas Health Science
Center at San Antonio and the PhD
in nursing from UNC Chapel Hill.
She joined the faculty in July as
clinical assistant professor.
Lunsford’s research involves lifestyle
changes in cardiac rehabilitation.
Todd Schwartz was promoted
from research instructor to research
assistant professor.
Beth Black was promoted from
clinical associate professor to
assistant professor.
Kathy Alden was promoted
from clinical assistant professor to
clinical associate professor.
Rumay Alexander was promoted from clinical assistant professor
to clinical associate professor.
Theresa Raphael-Grimm was
promoted from clinical assistant
professor to clinical associate
Marianne Cockroft was
promoted from clinical instructor to
clinical assistant professor.
for Berkeley Heart Lab’s Southeast
In Memoriam
Jean Burley Moore (BSN) has
been appointed assistant dean
for research at George Mason
University in Fairfax, VA.
Deborah Stokely (MSN) went on
a six-day medical mission trip to
the Dominican Republic in March
2006 where she saw over 150
patients a day in clinics throughout the northern coastal area. She
also traveled to a local hospital
and prison where she helped hand
out hygiene kits. Stokely is an FNP
at Thomasville Family Practice in
Thomasville, NC, and has precepted nurse practitioner students
from UNC-Chapel Hill and UNCGreensboro.
Sabrina Walton (BSN) graduated
with a master’s of science in nursing administration from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL.
As of time of publication
Karen Coley-Harrison (BSN)
received the 2006 Management
Excellence Award from UNC
Health Care.
Susan Foley Pierce (MSN) was
elected secretary of the American
Nurses Association.
Harriet W. Buss (MSN) was
appointed senior vice president
and chief nursing officer at Nash
Health Care Systems in Rocky
Mount, NC.
Janice Joyce Hoffman (BSN)
completed her PhD at the
University of Maryland School of
Nursing. Her dissertation was
titled, “The Relationships between
Critical Thinking, Program
Outcomes, and NCLEX-RN
Performance in Traditional and
Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing
Students.” Hoffman is a faculty
member at Johns Hopkins
University School of Nursing.
Elizabeth Thomas Ashe (BSN)
and her husband, Todd, welcomed
twins, Madison Elizabeth and
Emma Caroline, on April 7, 2006.
They join older brothers, Will, 5,
and Matthew, 3.
Susan McKinnon Collins (BSN)
and her husband, Parker, welcomed their son, Luke, to the family on November 11, 2005. Luke
was also welcomed by big brother
Grant, 4.
Erica Prater (BSN) recently started a new position as the unit
director of 5th Medical and
Oncology at Athens Regional
Medical Center in Athens, GA.
Susan Appel (PhD) received the
Southern Nursing Research
Society 2006 Award for Research
in Minority Health.
Nena Harris (BSN, MSN ’05) was
awarded the Kitty Ernst Leadership
Award from the Frontier School of
Midwifery and Family Nursing.
Robin Bartlett (PhD) was awarded the D. Jean Wood Nursing
Scholarship Award from the
Southern Nursing Research
Margaret Clayton (PhD) received
the Carol A. Lindeman Award for a
new researcher for her paper
“Communication with Breast
Cancer Survivors.”
AnnMarie Lee (BSN) was recognized as the 2006 UNC Hospitals
Oncology Nurse of the Year.
Shavone Moore (BSN) was
recently accepted into the Raleigh
School of Nurse Anesthesia MSN
Janice Floyd (BSN) has been
elected vice chair of the North
Carolina Board of Nursing.
Jennifer Foster McCracken
(BSN) and her husband, Duane,
welcomed their first child,
Katherine Leigh McCracken, on
December 26, 2005. She weighed
5 lbs, 4oz.
Iryna Zhytkova (BSN) translated
Basic Principles of Nursing Care
by Virginia Henderson into
Maureen Daly Abraham (BSN)
and her class of ADN students
from Craven Community College
visited the SON to experience
working with “Stan,” the School’s
human patient simulator.
April Holcomb Shore (BSN)
graduated from UNC-Charlotte’s family nurse practitioner program in
August 2005 and is now
working as an FNP at Medical
Associates of Davie in Mocksville, NC.
Orna Kafri (BSN) translated
Basic Principles of Nursing Care
by Virginia Henderson into
Abby Ensign (BSN) was hired as
a clinical consultant, responsible
Cheryl “Sparkie” Alexander, BSN ’67
Prentiss Anne Allen, BSN ’67
Gerald Lee Beckwith, BSN ’96
Barbara Pass Bradsher, BSN ’84, MSN ’91
Diane Grigg, BSN ’79
Bonnie Keaton Hensley, BSN ’64
Elaine Nunley Hylwa, MSN ’82
Phyllis Ann Bonham Morris, MSN ’93
Gloria Olds Rhodes, BSN ’61
Brenda Holland Scarborough, BSN ’81
Iris Lee Vinsort, BSN ’67
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