I am a believer that doing the right thing pays off. Often that means investing more thought, time, resources, collaboration and tenacity — but that’s exactly what the UNCG School of Nursing does. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are not only bonded by our nursing mission, we share in one another’s achievements and take pride in each step forward.
In 2017, UNCG’s 125th anniversary and the School of Nursing’s 50th anniversary provided a fitting celebration of our history, our future and our community as well as an opportunity to look back and set our sights on what’s to come. Throughout the first part of 2018, what can we celebrate from our collective work during the previous year, and what can be improved upon?
With that thought in mind, I’d like to share a few recent accolades as well as plans for the coming months.
● In January, we took a hard look at the results of our fall 2017 workforce health and wellbeing survey. We’re currently working on opportunities provided by the insight we gained about continuing to improve our workplace culture. Stay tuned this year for more information about these exciting initiatives, which I have great confidence will add new energy to the UNCG SoN and make it an even more inviting and inspiring place to work! In related news, congratulations to Jennifer Boggs, whose Healthy Workplace proposal, “Together We Perspire” was selected for funding.
● On January 31st, we held a recognition and dedication reception for our Eloise R. Lewis Society Charter members with the unveiling of our Lewis Society plaque, which honors our charter members and their commitment to the SoN. The plaque is located in the lobby area is the SON, where students, faculty, staff and visitors can see the names of those who are helping us usher in our next 50 years of contributions to the field.
● With older adult populations on the rise, states like North Carolina (where 80 percent of the counties are rural) are facing shortages of excellent health providers who can treat patients directly in their own communities. I am pleased to announce that UNCG nursing students Lauren Allen, Austin Beshears and Tyesha Harvey have earned a grant that will help address challenges of serving nursing shortages in rural areas. We look forward to sharing more about their work in the near future. For now, let me extend my congratulations for the recognition of their good work.
● In other outstanding outreach work, faculty members Jacqueline DeBrew (Clinical Professor and Director, RN to BSN Program) and Jeanne Jenkins (Clinical Assistant Professor) were selected to participate in the UNC BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program for Women. BRIDGES is an inclusive professional development program for women in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities. It is designed to help women identify, understand and build their leadership roles in the academy.
● The School of Nursing’s “renewed” curriculum for prelicensure BSN students began in August of 2017. Major changes include the addition of a patho-pharmacology course to enhance knowledge on how medications impact body systems and are used to treat major illnesses across the life span, a critical reasoning course to enhance clinical decision making, an informatics course to increase knowledge of how information and communication technology promote health, and an interprofessional education seminar which will bring nursing students together with students in other healthcare professions to learn to work as a team to enhance practice for safe, high quality care.My thanks to Susan Letvak for her diligence in overseeing this important shift in our undergraduate curriculum.
● Congratulations to Crystal Lamb and Peggy Trent for their selection into the inaugural School of Nursing Leadership Education and Advancement Program (LEAP). This year-long leadership development program includes monthly training sessions focused on specific leadership concepts aimed at expanding leadership knowledge and skills. Participants explore leadership in academia, attend a leadership conference and work with a mentor to complete a leadership project, which will be presented to the SON faculty.
When we do what’s right, great things happen. Just a few weeks ago we learned that our online masters’ programs are ranked 11th nationally by U.S. News and World Report. Clearly, our faculty, staff, students and alumni have the tools and resources they need to make powerful contributions. Aging, rural and underserved populations get access to the care they need. And, together, we move our programs and the profession forward for the betterment of our state and region. I look forward to 2018 and beyond because I know we’re in the right place for doing the right thing.
Dr. Robin E. Remsburg
MSN ’82, PhD, FAAN, FGSA, FNGNA
Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing
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