School of Nursing Newsletter

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Volume 11, Issue 1 September 2017: Start of School Issue

Greetings from the Director

BadzekDear Colleagues, Students, Alumni, and Friends of UNCW School of Nursing:

Welcome to the new academic year.  It is a great time to be a Seahawk nurse or clinical researcher.  This fall UNCW will have its 70th Anniversary Celebration.  In keeping with that celebration, the School of Nursing starts the year with over 70 dedicated full time employees and over 30 part-time faculty and adjuncts who support us in our work. Be sure to check out our new faculty later in this issue.  We also welcome our new graduate associate director Linda Haddad.  [See her biographical item under Profiles of Our Newest Faculty].  

UNCW School of Nursing continues in a growth state as we increase student numbers within our stellar programs.  This fall our total student population in the school will be close to 2000 and that in itself is an incredible achievement.  As we continue to grow, our faculty members remain dedicated to excellence in education, innovation in research and scholarship, and greater engagement to bring health to the communities of Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.  In the last three years, faculty have collectively produced close to 100 publications, made over 200 presentations and secured 27 grants for funding.  They are truly amazing nursing and clinical research leaders striving for a healthier world.

Your continued support is necessary to help us take flight and soar higher.  I hope you will join us in whatever way you can this fall.  Remember our doors are always open to SON and CLR Seahawks and Seahawk supporters old and new.

Be well, stay well, enjoy each day, and take flight imagining better health with us.

Laurie Badzek                                                              

Wecome to Our Newest Faculty

Please read the brief profiles of our newest faculty. 

New Faculty

Notable Recognition

SON faculty continue to excel in campus awards and appointments to organization, both on university and national levels.  Faculty and former alumnus Lolita Bryant was recently recognized for the legacy of her great-great-grandfather, who owned the land where Trask Coliseum is now situated.  (more)

Notable Achievements: 

Presentations and Publications

Faculty and students showcase their published work in national publications.  Over the summer break several faculty made presentations within the U.S. and abroad.  (more)

Clinical Research News

clr classA review of the MS in Clinical Research (CLR) was conducted and well received by UNCW and CHHS administrative leaders.  Current enrollment in the CLR graduate program continues to increase.  Meanwhile the first class of students in the post-baccalaureate certificate program in CLR Operations begin study this semester.  Honors student Stephanie Spencer (pictured at right) developed a simulation project addresing informed consent scenarios to be used for online learning in the undergraduate CLR program.  (more)

News from the DNP Program

Thirteen new students have begun their studies this fall in pursuite of the DNP degree.  Six students have returned for their second year of study within the program.  The new students represent a variety of backgrounds, all of who are Advanced Pracice RN's (APRNs).  (more)

News from the Prelicensure Program

A new cohort (Dec. '19) has begun their nursing studies.  Returning nursing students assigned to clinical rotations and their respective clinical instructors are using a shuttle bus service to alleviate parking congestion while a new parking deck is being constructed.

We mourn the recent loss of Jerre Garnett, one of the part-time prelicensure instructors. (more)

SLC coordinatorSimulation Learning Center (SLC) News

Activities and planned events flourish within the SLC.  A new staff member, Cheryl McFaden (pictured on right with SLC coordinator Robin Cunningham), has joined the SLC team to assist with the increased demands of the center. (more)

Study Abroad

Overseas travel opportunies are in the planning stage for nursing and clinical research programs.  Meanwhilefaculty and students travelled to London in May to study global perspectives of nursing history and complimentary alternative therapies (CAT).  (more)

Education Program Sponsored by Nu Omega

logoA program on "The Opioid Crisis" is scheduled for Sept. 19.  Plans for the New Member Induction Ceremony and the Fall '17 Research Day are underway.  (more)