Check out the Fall 2023 digital issue of Carolina Nursing Quarterly here!

On the cover: Carolina Nursing students collaborated and showcased their leadership skills at the Doctor of Nursing Practice Immersion Experience.

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Message from Dean Valerie Howard

As the air turns crisp and the trees lining Cameron Avenue begin to burst with color, there is no mistaking it — autumn has officially arrived in Chapel Hill. This season of change and new beginnings is a remarkably fitting time to update you on the extraordinary developments taking place at Carolina Nursing...

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Saif Khairat leads team to establish first-of-its-kind virtual care center

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a $3.73 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences for a five-year project to establish the Center for Virtual Care Value and Equity (ViVE). ViVE will build a repository of real-world virtual care data not previously available to researchers. The center will also develop frameworks to guide investigators through the design, implementation and evaluation of virtual care research, offering training and support throughout the process.

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Cheryl Giscombé elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The UNC School of Nursing proudly announces that Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Cheryl L. Woods Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. Giscombé has influenced national guidelines as a leading scholar in mental health, resilience, clinician wellness and mind-body research.

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Carolina Nursing announces new strategic plan

Carolina Nursing’s new 2023–2028 strategic plan, "Leading with Light," will guide us as we shape the future of nursing in and beyond North Carolina and advance health for all.

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UNC School of Nursing undergraduate program tied for fourth in the nation

U.S. News & World Report published its 2024 Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program rankings, and Carolina Nursing is tied for fourth among the Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the United States.

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$5 Million gift to Carolina Nursing addresses nursing shortage

Joanne and William E. Conway Jr., prominent Washington, D.C.-area philanthropists and supporters of nursing education, pledged $5 million to support nursing students and develop nurse educators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through their foundation, the Bedford Falls Foundation. The historic gift is the largest in school history to support students, and more than doubles the amount of annual scholarship funding available for the school’s baccalaureate program.  

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$1 Million gift to Carolina Nursing supports new Nursing Education Building

The UNC School of Nursing has received a $1 million gift — among the largest in school history — from an anonymous donor. This historic donation was given by a Carolina Nursing alum in her mother’s memory and will support the new Nursing Education Building. This anonymous gift kicked off the public phase of the UNC School of Nursing’s building campaign, which will run through the completion of the building project in the summer of 2025.

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UNC School of Nursing designated an Apple Distinguished School

The UNC School of Nursing is pleased to announce it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for the 2023–2026 program term. The School was selected for this distinction based on its commitment to continuous innovation in education and using Apple products to create exemplary learning practices.

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Barroso secures $1.2 Million grant to enhance nursing education for underserved communities

Carolina Nursing is proud to share that Susana Barroso, PhD, RN, along with her dedicated team, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant titled “Closing the Gaps: Strengthening Nursing Education through Partnerships to Improve Care for Underserved and Rural Communities" from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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Q&A with Carolina Nursing Alumna Jane Ellison, BSN '95

A proud Carolina Nursing graduate, Jane has devoted her career to providing compassionate care as a bedside nurse. She specializes in pediatric nursing and currently works at New Hanover Regional Novant, where she continues to make a meaningful impact on the lives of young patients and their families.

In addition to her clinical work, Jane is actively involved in supporting her alma mater and the nursing community. She proudly serves as the chair of the UNC Board of Visitors, and she is a valued member of the Carolina Nursing Board of Visitors.

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Carolina Nursing's New Nursing Education Building

Exciting developments are underway at Carolina Nursing as we embark on a project to replace the west wing of Carrington Hall with a state-of-the-art Nursing Education Building. This new world-class facility will transform nursing education and help us address the critical nursing shortages in and beyond North Carolina. Visit our website to learn more or make a gift to support our new building fund.

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Farewell, Carrington West!

With demolition scheduled to begin later this fall, the Carolina Nursing community gathered to bid a very fond farewell to Carrington West and celebrate the beginning of this new chapter in our School’s history. We hope you enjoy the video below highlighting moments from this memorable gathering!

Nursing Education Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

April 2024

Please stay tuned — date and details coming soon!

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