Nursing News and Events
2019 Honored Alumni
The UNC Alumni Association was priviledged to recognize the 2019 Honored Alumni on Friday, May 10, 2019. Photos from the ceremony are available online, and you can watch the honoree tribute videos. Our very own, Dr. Kathleen Dunemn, was honored at this event.
President Feinstein's visit at UNC's School of Nursing, February 22, 2019
The University of Northern Colorado, School of Nursing, placed its first Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student at the Green House Homes at Mirasol for the Spring 2019 semester.
In October 2018, four of our FNP students and two of our nursing faculty traveled to Suriname to participate in the C.U.R.E. Clinic through Project C.U.R.E.
2019 Honored Alumni
January 14, 2019: The University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association has announced its 2019 Honored Alumni.
During her decorated career as an Army Nurse Corps Officer, Kathleen N. Dunemn '71, PhD, APRN, CNM had many assignments as a Researcher, Nurse Midwife, Educator and Commander before retiring as a Colonel in 2011. Following 9/11, she was selected for assignment as the Deputy Director, Developer and Senior Military Analyst of the Department of Defense Theater Trauma Registry Project. As part of her military research efforts with this project, Dunemn provided the data and research results to redesign Military combat protective ware. These changes contributed to a significant decrease in mortality and loss of limbs. Dunemn also led a team that assisted the Army of the Czech Republic in developing their own nurse corps and met with faculty at Czech universities to establish the Bachelor of Science in Nursing as the entry degree into professional nursing. Throughout her career, she has received many distinguished awards including the 2007 Anita Newcomb McGee Award recipient as the US Army Nurse of the year and the Legion of Merit Award in 2010. Dunemn has been the governor-appointed chairperson and member for the Board of Commissioners for the Colorado State VA Senior Living Centers and leads the Doctorate in Nursing Program for the UNC School of Nursing.
Nursing doctoral students conduct community disaster resilience assessment in St. Kitts and Nevis
As part of a study abroad program, Public Health and Disaster Preparedness in St. Kitts and Nevis, five doctoral students in the school of nursing completed a community disaster resilience assessment. They interviewed 388 residents to understand the level of disaster preparedness among community members and conducted key informant interviews to understand disaster preparedness policies at the national and regional level. This work was a collaboration between UNC, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the National Emergency Management Agency in St. Kitts and Nevis Disaster Management Agency on Nevis. Small Island Developing States, including St. Kitts and Nevis, are at risk for a variety of natural disasters and are currently a strong focus of natural disaster risk reduction. This interest stems from their increased risk, due to the synergistic effects of their small size and correspondingly limited resources, disaster frequency and severity due to geography, and their isolation. A large majority of St. Kitts and Nevis GDP comes from tourism, so their economy can benefit from the use of disaster preparedness measures. Useful disaster preparedness strategies must be feasible and acceptable at the community level to be implemented successfully and sustainably. The effects of these disasters can have catastrophic consequences as evidenced by Hurricane Omar that affected the country in 2008. In addition to hurricanes, St. Kitts and Nevis is at risk for earthquakes, floods, and other tropical storms. Efforts to create disaster management plans have been made at the national level, but the degree to which disaster management strategies have been implemented at the community level is largely unknown. The objective of this research is to better understand community members’ knowledge of disaster preparedness, preparedness strategies, and disaster-related community resources available in St. Kitts and Nevis. The findings of this research will lead to a better understanding of current disaster preparedness capabilities at the local level, and will be useful for developing strategies that further build community disaster preparedness capacity so communities can respond effectively and recover more quickly when faced with a disaster.
College of Natural and Health Sciences 2017-2018 Excellence Awards
Outstanding Staff Award Recipient: Mellany Archer
The College of Natural and Health Sciences (NHS) values outstanding contributions to the College and University by NHS staff. The outstanding staff award is designed to highlight an individual with proven excellence in job performance, who shows dedication to their unit/NHS/UNC, or any combination thereof, and who provides outstanding service to others.
Emergency Simulation Event
Interprofessional Education (IPE) through simulation is an innovative approach that has been shown to improve communication and collaboration in various health-profession programs. Nurses, emergency medical technicians and acute care nurse practitioners generally work in high-risk situations that require quick assessment and accurate decision-making using a team-based approach.
UNC’s School of Nursing recently piloted a simulated IPE experience using Bachelor of Science in Nursing undergraduate students, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner graduate students, and AIMS community college Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) students. The purpose of this educational event was to increase interprofessional collaboration skills among generalist and advanced practice nursing students and EMT students with attention to: awareness of interprofessional roles, communication, leadership and increased patient safety.
The School of Nursing hosted the three programs June 7th and 8th for two full days of simulation which included 46 students and 8 faculty. The scenarios all started with a pre-hospital rescue of a standardized patient followed by ambulance transport to “Gunter hospital” and then advanced emergent care was provided to a high fidelity manikin. Following each scenario the students from the three disciplines and their faculty all debriefed together to discuss how the event went. The simulation day was successful, full of learning and collegiality. Thank you to both UNC and AIMS for supporting such important and memorable student learning.
College of Natural and Health Sciences 2016-2017 Excellence Awards
Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient: Carlo Parker, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE. Examples of activities that merited his nomination for this award include:
- Demonstrates a superior impact on student learning.
- Demonstrates expertise in the use of instructional methods to communicate and deliver content.
- Employs appropriate, innovative, and impacting pedagogical strategies.
- Employs high academic standards.
- Encourages students to think critically and reflect upon essential concepts and topics.
- Provides college and/or campus leadership in developing and implementing:
- Innovative Instruction
- Course Design