UNC Greensboro Breaks Ground on New Nursing and Instructional Building

UNC Greensboro Breaks Ground on New Nursing and Instructional Building

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) recently held a ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking of its new Nursing and Instructional Building. The180,000-square-foot facility is being made possible thanks to state funding from the Connect NC Bond.

Chanceller Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. tells NewsandFeatures.UNCG.edu, “The groundbreaking of the Nursing and Instructional Building is a Giant Step — it’s a long-awaited moment not just for the campus community, but for the state. What happens inside the building will impact the health and wellness of communities across the state.”

The UNCG School of Nursing is currently located in four buildings and will occupy 50 percent of the new $105 million building once completed. The facility will also provide teaching and classroom space, as well as flexible laboratory research space for the School of Health and Human Sciences. In total, the building will house 39 labs, 14 classrooms, 9 research suites, and a community engagement center.

North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and several representatives from the North Carolina legislature attended the event to celebrate UNCG’s new building which will better prepare students in the nursing and STEM fields. To learn more about the groundbreaking ceremony, visit here.

Fayetteville State University Receives $1 Million Donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Fayetteville State University Receives $1 Million Donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Fayetteville State University (FSU) recently received a major donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The $1 million donation to FSU’s nursing program will go toward scholarships and helping improve a shortage of qualified nurses in the state.

Blue Cross NC’s contribution to Fayetteville State University is part of the company’s decision to provide $50 million in support of community health initiatives this year. The university plans to use the money for scholarships to address access to care and nursing shortages across the state and nation.

Dr. Patrick Conway, president and CEO of Blue Cross NC, tells FayObserver.com, “We are excited to be able to help Fayetteville State University admit and train new nurses, especially from rural North Carolina. To bring costs down and increase quality, we have to think more broadly about what it means to invest in health — this is a great example of that principle in action.”

Thanks to the generous gift from Blue Cross NC, the FSU School of Nursing will be able to expand its service offerings, update equipment, and provide scholarship support for nursing students. According to FayObserver.com, a recent study conducted by Georgetown University found that North Carolina is projected to have the second-largest shortage of nurses in the nation with a total deficit of 12,900 nurses. With a state and national shortage of trained nurses, it is essential that nursing programs begin addressing this critical problem.

To learn more about Blue Cross NC’s $1 million donation to Fayetteville State University’s nursing program, visit here.

Duke University School of Nursing Rolls Out New APRN Program in Psychiatric Mental Health

Duke University School of Nursing Rolls Out New APRN Program in Psychiatric Mental Health

Master’s students in the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) have the opportunity to enroll in a new major in Psychiatric Mental Health as of the Spring 2018 semester. This newest major being offered is for Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) students interested in pursuing a specialty nursing track.

Duke believes in the importance of specialty education programs to ensure that nursing students who go into specialty areas have the formal training they need. Students enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Duke have the opportunity to choose from one of eight majors, and to pursue an additional specialty track if they are interested. Each major and specialty has its own course requirements and formal clinical rotation requirements that must be met to earn a specialty certificate.

The Psychiatric Mental Health program is the eighth and latest major offered for nurse practitioner students. Majors are also available in gerontology care, family nurse practitioner, neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioner, and women’s health nurse practitioner. The MSN program also recently added two new specialties in Endocrinology and HIV/AIDS, and a pediatric mental health specialty is set to be launched in the near future.

Beth C. Phillips, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, tells Nursing.Duke.edu, “To think about why we do a new program – it’s not because we have a faculty member who would be great at it, so let’s create a new program. We create a program based on community need – local, national or global. The newest major, for example, was added after we recognized there was a scarcity of mental health providers in the state. Behavioral concerns and the addiction crisis in our country demanded a more advanced and skilled workforce in nursing.”

With specialty nursing becoming more and more prevalent, Duke is “aiming to identify community health care needs and respond proactively to meet those needs,” according to Nursing.Duke.edu. Creating new programs is a long process for the university, involving tracking legislature and literature to see what needs are already being met by the healthcare community, and which are not. Once new areas are identified, the university has to hire new staff and create partnerships with clinical sites, in addition to approving new financial resources through the Dean.

To learn more about Duke Nursing’s latest nurse practitioner major in Psychiatric Mental Health, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: Nurse Practitioner Erin Williamson Finds Purpose in Serving the Underserved

Nurse of the Week: Nurse Practitioner Erin Williamson Finds Purpose in Serving the Underserved

Our Nurse of the Week is Erin Williamson, a nurse practitioner for MedNorth Health Center in Wilmington, NC, who has dedicated his career to helping people who have no other health care options. As the seventh of eight children in his family, Williamson experienced what it’s like for your income to dictate your access to quality health care.

With six older sisters and one younger brother, Williamson came to understand the hardships that come with raising a large family, but he loved growing up in a big family and decided to help others in similar situations. He started taking health occupations classes in high school and graduated with a Nursing Assistant certificate then joined the workforce straight away, which was an important goal after the hardships his family faced when he was a child.

Williamson tells StarNewsOnline.com, “I wanted to be a nurse practitioner serving medically underserved people. Ideally, lower-income people who have limited access to health care. It is the dream job that I’ve had since I was 16. Mainly because growing up poor we got to learn what it was like to have limited access to good health care. You don’t know how that feels unless you are in that situation where you’re treated differently.”

Williamson’s first health care job after high school was at a nursing center where he worked the midnight shift and later met his wife, Rachel. The couple later moved so that Williamson could attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in nursing, then moved back to Wilmington where he took a job on the adult inpatient surgical floor with New Hanover Regional Medical Center for five years while he worked on his master’s in nursing at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

At the end of his master’s studies, Williamson chose to complete his clinical training at MedNorth Health Center ,which receives federal grant funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services to provide primary and preventive health care services to medically underserved populations. Patients at the health center receive service regardless of their ability to pay with services designed to cover prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric life cycles.

Williamson knew immediately that it was the right place for him and he tells StarNewsOnline.com, “I liked the community health center because being downtown we get an interesting mix of homeless people, professors, other professionals that work downtown, and a lot of people who have no other place to go for healthcare.”

After completing his master’s degree in nursing in 2009, Williamson went straight from being a student to being a nurse practitioner at MedNorth where he has remained since. To learn more about Williamson’s path to becoming a nurse practitioner and helping the underserved find access to quality healthcare, visit here.

Duke University Approves New Nursing Building and Graduate Programs

Duke University Approves New Nursing Building and Graduate Programs

A new building to house the Duke University School of Nursing and School of Medicine has been approved by the Duke Board of Trustees. Construction on the 102,000-square-foot facility is set to begin this month and be completed in 2019.

Marion E. Broome, dean of the School of Nursing, tells Today.Duke.edu, “Once this project is complete, the School of Nursing and School of Medicine will continue to expand their interprofessional efforts by providing unparalleled educational excellence, leading research and clinical expertise to our students and the community.”

Once completed, the new five-story building will replace the current Duke research building. The School of Nursing will occupy 50 percent of the new building, which will also be home to the school’s PhD program, Center for Nursing Research, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Services, Duke Health Center for Interprofessional Education, simulation suite, and more.

The new building will also be home to Duke’s nationally recognized Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dr. Mary E. Klotman, dean of the School of Medicine, looks forward to co-locating Duke’s health programs in one building and creating a new focus on interprofessional education to help teach students the value of patient-centered care across multiple medical disciplines.

To learn more about Duke’s new nursing and healthcare building, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: Nurse Carol Durham Nearly Died from Sepsis, Now She’s Helping Raise Awareness

Nurse of the Week: Nurse Carol Durham Nearly Died from Sepsis, Now She’s Helping Raise Awareness

Our Nurse of the Week is Carol Fowler Durham, 63, a professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Nursing who was diagnosed with sepsis in 2010. She was in the middle of a faculty meeting when she began violently shaking, but she didn’t understand what was wrong at the time. Now seven years later and fully recovered, Fuller is helping raise awareness about sepsis, the deadly condition that nearly killed her.

When Durham began to feel symptoms of sepsis, she didn’t realize that her body had launched an attack on itself. Confused by the reaction she was having, she left her meeting and drove herself home. Her condition later worsened and her husband, Stephen, drove her to the emergency room where she was placed behind a long queue of patients.

By the time Durham was seen by staff in the emergency room, she had a high fever and chills which was enough to admit her. Staff still didn’t recognize what her symptoms meant, allowing her condition to worsen overnight. After her blood pressure plummeted, her medical team finally realized that she had sepsis and was moving into septic shock, a condition with a high mortality rate.

“Sepsis occurs when a massive immune response to a bacterial infection gets into the blood,” Durham tells People.com. “The condition can quickly cause tissue damage, organ failure, or death.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.5 million people get sepsis each year in the US and about 250,000 die from it.

Durham was finally taken to the intensive care unit where she received antibiotics to stave off her raging infection. She responded to the antibiotics and began to improve but doctors were never able to determine the cause of her sepsis. Now fully recovered, Durham has a passion to get the word out about the deadly condition and make medical professionals aware of how to recognize and treat sepsis.

Durham now speaks to groups around the country teaching health care audiences, publishers, medical simulation vendors, and others to recognize sepsis and how to fight it. Quick and proper intervention are key and Durham drives that message home every chance she gets.

To learn more about Carol Fowler Durham and her experience surviving septic shock and becoming an advocate for the dangerous condition, visit here.

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