Last week, the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill inducted Nilda Peragallo Montano as the new dean of the School of Nursing. She brings immensely valuable experience from her work as a nursing professor in Australia and Chile before moving on to work at the University of Miami School of Nursing for 14 years.
After her long professional stint at the University of Miami, Montano said she wouldn’t have left the university without a good reason. UNC’s School of Nursing offers a great opportunity for her to work with an excellent nursing program. And she says, “This is a great University – historically, the first public university in the USA. It’s a privilege to be here.”
With a deep passion for teaching nursing skills to new students, she is also looking forward to the opportunity to be involved in research in an academic environment. UNC will allow her to do research to further her experience and knowledge without compromising her love for teaching. Montano values the social aspects of her new position just as much as the administrative aspects and values interacting with students, faculty, and researchers alike.
Megan William, a clinical assistant professor at the UNC School of Nursing for thirteen years, told DailyTarheel.com, “To have a leader that has great vision come to our school at this point in time – when things (are changing) on a national level (with) potential changes in the Affordable Care Act – we don’t know what’s going to happen and we need a leader with vision.”
Montano brings a new level of experience and knowledge to the UNC School of Nursing, and the staff involved in bringing her on board believes she will be monumental in moving the nursing program forward. To learn more about Montano and her new position at UNC, visit here.
In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the healthcare community is exploring and testing new technologies that can serve as alternatives to human contact to diminish the risk for providers to care for patients with infectious diseases. At Duke University, nursing and engineering students teamed up to collaborate on the building and refining of Trina, their first-generation Tele-Robotic Intelligent Nursing Assistant.
Duke’s robot project is funded by an $85,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The project began a year-and-a-half ago, not as an effort to replace nurses, but to create a safer environment for health care providers. When health care providers are faced with treating patients with infectious diseases, like Ebola, they must dress in multiple layers of protective clothing, wipe down their materials with bleach, and use multiple rooms. With the development of nurse-robots like Trina, healthcare providers and researchers hope to improve the process of treating patients with infectious diseases by allowing nurses and doctors to navigate a remote-controlled robot into another room, directing it to move the linens, take vital signs, and pass food and medications.
A few weeks ago, Duke students and staff tested Trina on a fake patient, Michele Kuszajewski, having Trina take the patient’s vital signs via a remote-control stethoscope. Michele recalls feeling scared when the robot-nurse was coming at her. The massive red mechanical robot resembles a science fiction character out of Transformers or The Jetsons with a gray wig and surgical cap on its head to give it some human-like elements. On the robot’s face is a tablet showing the human operator, similar to a Skype call. Robots are currently being used in hospitals to help doctors perform tasks with precision and flexibility during surgery, but the machines don’t move about a room or perform bedside tasks like preparing drinks and adjusting oxygen masks.
To improve the study, engineering students needed to understand the tasks that Trina needs to perform. Nursing students donned protective clothing in the nursing school’s simulation lab and simulated working with a patient with Ebola as engineering students watched and took notes through a glass window. After the nursing students were finished, an engineering student drove Trina into the lab to test her ability with tasks like delivering a red cup, a bowl, pills, and a stethoscope to Michele in a simulation setting.
Students conducting the study found Trina’s movements to be abrupt and clumsy. In the future, they hope to make Trina, or the next generation robot-nurse, more agile so that it can collect and test fluids and look more friendly and human-like. They also hope to create a better interface between the human and robot to make their work together more comfortable, especially for the patient.
In a partnership between the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke’s Learning & Organization Development (L&OD), 11 staff members from the Duke School of Nursing have been selected to begin a year-long curriculum of professional development and leadership classes as part of the new “Emerging Leaders” program starting this fall.
The 11 selected finalists represent a diverse cross-section of the School of Nursing departments and offices. At the program’s welcome reception, Keisha Williams, assistant vice president of Learning & Organization Development, told the participants to grow in a safe way and learn as much as they can over the course of the yearlong program. They’re expected to embrace the value of learning and view new ideas through a different lens to help find their strengths and developmental opportunities that will challenge them during the program.
Part of the program will include forming the participants into groups of “Action Learning Case Study Teams.” In their teams, they will work together to address specific challenges related to tracking graduates of the School of Nursing and building ideas for an MSN Preceptor engagement and recognition program. Requiring teamwork is also intended to build a network of staff leaders throughout the School of Nursing, allowing them to learn about each other’s jobs so they can go to each other for information and support.
Najla McClain, one of the program participants, says the “Emerging Leaders” program is an impressive investment in Duke’s School of Nursing staff, and she’s excited to be a part of the inaugural year.
The first “Emerging Leaders” class is comprised of the following 11 School of Nursing staff:
- Jennifer Higgins, operations coordinator, Center for Nursing Research
- Belinda Wisdom, senior program manager, Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives
- Keysha Hall, senior staff assistant, Division III
- Nora Harrington, admissions officer II
- Najla McClain, senior program coordinator, MSN Program
- Eric Bloomer, senior program coordinator, DNP Program
- Raymond Brisson, simulation technology specialist
- Libby Joyce, director, Office of Institutional Research
- Chloe Hayim, senior financial aid counselor
- Carla Nichols, information technology manager
- Wendy Conklin, financial management analyst II
Campbell University in North Carolina officially welcomes its inaugural cohort of 46 students in the Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is a historic event for Campbell University after the program grew out of the state’s and region’s need for health professionals. The new nursing class will help advance Campbell’s mission to prepare servant leaders who make an immediate impact in the communities where they live.
Nursing classes will begin in the newly opened Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences, located on Campbell’s Health Sciences Campus. The new facility is a 72,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art teaching facility designed for collaborative learning and team building while allowing students to experience the challenges and rewards of healthcare in a psychologically-safe environment.
Dr. Nancy Duffy, director of Campbell Nursing, says she is thrilled to throw away the idea of the three-hour lecture block and instead engage students in learning teams with active teaching strategies. Unlike most majors in university systems, Campbell Nursing won’t enroll students until they are juniors or have met all program requirements and fulfilled all program prerequisites. This is to ensure that nursing students have completed the general core curriculum so that they can focus on a rigorous nursing curriculum involving patient care and clinical experience during their junior and senior years.
Campbell doesn’t enroll everyone who completes the nurse requirements either. Students must apply for admission to Campbell Nursing, a process that includes a competitive, holistic application, in addition to interviewing with faculty members and writing a person essay. The school will accept a maximum of 50 students per academic year.
First-year and sophomore students interested in nursing can pursue a pre-nursing track, which the university started offering in 2014. It’s one of the most popular areas of study for incoming students and the new class includes 101 pre-nursing students.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Nena Peragallo Montano as the new dean for the School of Nursing, effective January 1, 2017. She is currently dean and professor for the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, professor on the graduate faculty at Pontificia Universidad Catòlica de Chile School of Nursing, and adjunct professor at Australian Catholic University in North Sydney.
Beginning her work at the University of Miami in 2003, Dr. Peragallo Montano went on to serve as Director and Principal Investigator of the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro from 2007-2015. The Center of Excellence was the first National Institutes of Health P60 center grant awarded to a school of nursing which has been funded continually since its inception.
Prior to her work at the University of Miami, Peragallo Montano also held positions at the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing, the University of Illinois College of Nursing in Chicago, and the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She is past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and founding co-editor of Hispanic Healthcare International.
Dr. Peragallo Montano is an internationally recognized expert and widely published researcher. Her career has been dedicated to improving individual and public health, specifically focusing on minorities and underserved populations. Her academic and clinical experience will help continue growing the UNC School of Nursing as a leader in nursing education, research, and practice.
After approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing last week, Northeastern University announced it is now taking applications for a new accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) program on their Charlotte Campus. Northeastern University is based on Boston, with four additional graduate campuses in Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto.
Northeastern University’s School of Nursing in Boston has been preparing nursing leaders in practice, education, and research for over 50 years. With a successful ABSN program already in place at the Massachusetts campus, Northeastern plans to bring that same quality of nursing education to the Charlotte campus with a full-time rigorous program including online coursework and hands-on clinical practice.
The new ABSN program is a 16-month nursing program for professionals that hold bachelor’s degrees in non-nursing fields who are looking to make a career change. Northeastern’s accelerate program will combine online coursework with hands-on experience at their uptown Charlotte nursing center and clinical rotations at Charlotte healthcare facilities. Three start dates will be offered each year, and the first class is scheduled to begin in September.
Northeastern’s BSN graduates have a first-time NCLEX pass rate of 91 percent, exceeding the nationwide average and the average for BSN programs in North Carolina from 2011-14. ABSN students will also be prepared to pass the NCLEX upon graduation to become registered nurses.
One of the main goals for the university’s new program is to address the nationwide nursing shortage as it begins to reach critical levels. Northeastern’s regional dean and CEO, Dr. Cheryl Richards, and Northeastern’s nursing school dean, Nancy Hanrahan, are both supportive of the decision to open an accelerated nursing program. As demand for baccalaureate level RNs reaches unprecedented levels nationwide, there has never been a better time to enter the profession.
Northeastern University established the Bouvè College of Health Sciences in 1962 to house its School of Nursing. The College of Health Sciences employs top-notch faculty and world-renowned researchers to fulfill the health care industry’s demand for a strong workforce through an interdisciplinary approach to health care with a mission of being a center of excellence in health education, research, and service. The National League of nursing designated the Northeastern University School of Nursing a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education from 2013-2017.