School of Nursing Newsletter

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Volume 11, Issue 4 May 2018: End of Year Issue

Greetings from the Director

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

LaurieIt is with mixed emotions that I write this my last UNCW School of Nursing Newsletter greetings.  I begin with a sincere note of appreciation for your generosity of time, talent, and financial support for our wonderful students, faculty, staff and programs. 

The excellence of UNCW Nursing and Clinical Research programs is not achieved without a “together we can” attitude.  I have been so fortunate to work with colleagues in the school who believe in an ethical work environment; a ‘magnet’ workplace where we show up every day to do our best work.

SON professor Linda Pugh has graciously accepted the position of interim Director and will serve until the Director’s position is filled.  She brings extensive experience, hard work and commitment to the School of Nursing to ensure its continued success.  

Three years ago, I found great power in a small message that I found on the website of Chris Lantz in the CHHS, adopted I believe from a quote by Christopher Logue, an English poet.  As I leave UNCW and head to my new home at the Penn State College of Nursing, I would like to remind you of that powerful message that still holds true as we approach a time of change and a bit of the fear of the unknown—at least for me.

“Come to the edge,” Life said
They said: “We are afraid.”
“Come to the edge,” Life said
They came.  It pushed them…

And they Soared.

I know you will continue to soar as you have since I arrived at UNCW 3 years ago.  I look forward to following your continued progress as UNCW School of Nursing cuts along the edge of innovation in nursing, clinical research, and higher education.  You are the best….the best friends and colleagues I have ever known.  My compass will always lead me south even in the coldest of times as my warm and sunny memories of you are forever inscribed in my heart.

Be well, enjoy life, and please keep in touch with me at my new email


Notable Recognition

Several faculty have achieved recognition for outstanding teaching practices in the classroom and clinical settings, mentoring students and providing leadership in organizational programs.

Susan Sinclair

sinclair and NAPSusan Sinclair is the recipient of the 2018 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Recognized for her inter-disciplinary teaching and research, Sinclair was also elected and inducted in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) as s a Distinguished Fellow in Nursing.  This honor is bestowed on individuals for outstanding achievement and leadership within their profession.  Sinclair is pictured above right during the induction ceremony in April.  (more)

Melissa Batchelor-Murphy

Congratulations to alumnus and former faculty Melissa Batchelor-Murphy for her selection as a 2017-18 Health and Aging Policy and Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. (more)

Awards of Excellence and Achievement

Students were recognized for excellence and achievement at the May ’18 Award Ceremonies.  (more)

Faculty Acknowledged by Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to SON faculty who have been acknowledged by the May ’18 graduates for outstanding mentorship, inspiration and guidance.  (more)  

Notable Achievements

Faculty Appointments

Congratulations to Linda Pugh on her recent appointment as interim Director of the SON and to Jared Kerr on his election to the Board of Directors for a 3-year-term on the Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CAAPCR). (more)

Faculty Presentations

SON faculty present their research activities through podium and poster presentations.  (more)  

Faculty and Student Publications

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

Grant Awards

Several grants have been awarded to students and faculty for research activities.  (more)

First Cohort of CLR Fellows Graduate 

The first cohort of CLR Fellows graduated May 5.  The highly competitive FuseCR Fellowship program began in the summer of '17.  (more)

Spring 2018 Honors Projects

Six Honors students within the SON presented their Honors Projects.  (more)

Graduate Receives Navy Commission

Congratulations to Mike Murphy (May '18) on receiving his Navy commission.  (more)

2018 CHHS Research Day 

CHHS LogoThree SON faculty were invited speakers at the 2018 CHHS Research and Innovation Day:  April Bice, Kellie Griggs and Tammy Arms.   Several faculty and students presented research posters and one student participated in the case study competition.  (more)  

Nursing Graduate School News

Peds Posters and 2 studentsAchievements and innovative activities flourish within the SON graduate programs.  Pictured in photo are FNP students Shannon Hill (left) and Kristin Johnson (right), who presented their poster to the graduate pediatrics class relating to health issues of the pediatric population   (more)  

Simulation Learning Center News

Faculty and staff maintain a very active schedule of planned community events and student simulation within the SLC.  Students, community participants and alumni were part of the semester activities.  (more)

Nurses Day Celebration

Nurses DayOver 300 nurses and guests gathered in the Burney Center on May 10 to celebrate Nurses Week and to recognize nurses of distinction. This annual event allows nurses from nearby schools, hospitals, clinics and hospice facilities to reconnect and honor scholarship recipients, distinguished alumni and extraordinary nurses who work in various capacities within our community.  

Jennifer Payton (May '96) was named the 2018 SON Alumnus of the Year at this event.  (more)

Student Organization News

News from the Nurses Christian Fellowship and ANS.  (more)

News from the Office of Student Success 

Catey Miller, Office of Student Success advisor, reports from the Office of Student Success the demographics of the newest prelicensure cohort acceptances as well as the RN-BS and Nurse Educator students.  (more)

Reflective Day

Patty and studentUndergraduate pediatrics and community nursing courses collaborated to engage students in learning the art of nursing through reflective projects.  Each student was asked to choose a client who had made an impression on him or her during the  community or pediatric clinical rotations.  Using an artistic expresion of understanding the "whole" person, the students made presentaitons to the class at an event on April 24.  Pictured left is Matt Riley (Dec. '18) and pediatrics course instructor Patty White.  (more)   

Alumni Honored by Faculty

alumniAlumni from the earliest SON classes were honored by faculty on April 30 with an afternoon of planned activities that included a tour of the SLC and a reception attended by the administration and current faculty.  The alumni represented the classes of ’67, ’68 and ’69.  (more)

Upcoming Events

Driving Summit:  "Where the Rubber Meets the Road"

RUbberAssociate professor Diane Pastor and Assistant Professor Andrea Jones from the School of Social Work are hosting a UNCW Driving Summit: “Where the Rubber Meets the Road” on campus May 18 from 8:30 - 12 noon. This event will bring together driving stakeholders to engage the community about driving issues for older adults.  The keynote will be Charles Dickson, deputy director of the Community Transportation Association of America in Washington, D.C.  Panelists will include representatives from AARP, Brunswick Transit, Shepherd Center of Kernersville, Wilmington Police Department, WAVE Transit, Wilmington Metro Planning Organization, and an occupational therapist and nurse practitioner.

This event is funded by a grant from the SON. 

Hooked on Arts Festival

HookedSON lecturer Paula Baisden is seeking volunteers to run art project booths at UNCW’s Hooked on Arts Street Fair on July 14-15.  The family-oriented festival is being designed to bring together art vendors, food trucks, visual and performing arts entertainment to raise funds for the LINC Program in Wilmington.  The LINC Program is a local non-profit organization created to educate and motivate youth in making positive life choices and empower those who have been incarcerated to become productive members of the community. 

For further information please contact Baisden.  Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but volunteers may sign-up for 2-hour increments to help with this event.