School of Nursing Newsletter

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Volume 11, Issue 3 March 2018: Early Spring Issue

Greetings from the Director

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

Badzek GreetingsWe are just beyond the half-way point in the 2018 spring semester and it is full steam ahead.  This is the mid-semester spring issue, and it is chock full of recent activities that have happened since December, including faculty and student recognition and achievements. 

Of note are two major events that have occurred since the beginning of the semester:

  • national ranking (#7!) of the online RN-BSN and CLR programs;
  • groundbreaking on the new Veterans Hall to house the CHHS and programs of the CAS.

We are also happy to present in this edition an article introducing our newest additions to the SON faculty and a story on the first annual Clinical Research study abroad program.   

Please join us, as your schedule may allow, for a few of the major events on the horizon; namely, the CHHS Health & Human Services Week and Nurses’ Day Celebration.  Please check the School of Nursing website or join us on Facebook for details and further announcements.  Trust me, you will be impressed with the quality of the presentations and with those whom we celebrate.

Wishing you a beautiful spring filled with sunshine, flowers, joy and healthy living.

Be well, Laurie

Notable Recognition:

RN-BSN and CLR programs receive national recognition.  Online programs are ranked #7 in nation and bring national acclaim to UNCW.  UNCW was also ranked 62nd among the top 100 public universities nationwide for college value. (more)   

Faculty with 7                                                                                                                                      

SON Professor Kellie Griggs selected for the Association of Women’s Health Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2018 Emerging Leaders Program.  (more)                                                                                                     

Notable Achievements in the SON: 

Graduates Achieve 100% Passing Rates

SON Prelicensure Class of Dec. '17 achieve 100% passage on NCLEX.  Congratulations to both students and faculty. 

Congratulations to the graduates of the FNP Class of ’17.  Since the December graduation 32 graduates have taken the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Exam.  The pass rate was 97% on the first attempt and 100% on the second.  FNP faculty also deserve commendation for this achievement. 

SON Faculty Certification and Service 

Congratulations to faculty for professional certification and service.  (more)

SON Faculty Presentations

SON faculty continue to to engage professional peers and the public in podium and poster presentations.  (more)     

SON Faculty Publications

Faculty showcase their research activties and academic endeavors through publications.  (more)

McCallNotable Achievements in Clinical Research

CLR faculty and students are active in presentations and publication.  Jennifer McCall (pictured left) is the recipient of the Cahill Research Grant Award.  (more)  

FNP Skills Day

FNP students enrolled in the course entitled “Advanced Primary Care of Families:  Adults” will have their on-campus clinical skills days Mar. 16 and Apr. 20.  With pre-laboratory preparation and hands-on practice, students learn a variety of skill techniques useful in clinical practice.  Faculty and community experts will demonstrate skills and provide constructive feedback.  Kelly Laham, course coordinator, has led efforts in preparing for this learning experience. 

Simulation Learning Center News

Activities and planned events continue to flourish within the SLC. Students, other health care disciplines and alumni were part of the semester activities.  (more)

Student Organization News

News from the Nurses Christian Fellowship, AAMN, ANS and the Student Association of Clinical Research.  (more)

News from the Office of Student Success 

CHHS LogoWe welcome the newest prelicensure cohort (Class of Dec '20).  Also, new advisors have joined the ranks of the Office of Student Success. (more)  

News from Randall Library

John Osinski, Health and Human Services Librarian, announces the acquisition of new nursing resources for Randall Library.  (more

Groundbreaking on New CHHS Facility

Laurie with shovelSON Director Laurie Badzek (pictured at right) joined other UNCW administrators  and elected officials on Jan. 18 to break ground for the new $66 million facility Veterans Hall, named in tribute to the current and founding students (3 out of 4 students of Wilmington College in '47 were veterans).  The new facility will house CHHS and several programs from the College of Arts and Sciences.  The SON will continue to occupy its current facility, McNeill Hall.  Construction on the new facility, which will look similar to McNeill Hall, is expected to be completed in 2020.