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SON in the News: Louise Fleming, Merle Mishel, Barbara Germino, Leslie Sharpe

SON doctoral student and teaching fellow Louise Fleming, RN, appeared in a story at the top of the hour during the 11:00 PM broadcast of WNCN News on October 18. With Ebola drawing national attention to workplace safety for nurses, Ms. Fleming discussed candidly how nurses take similar risks to care for their patients almost every day. “We’re seeing right now with Ebola as it has reared its head and it’s in the public eye, maybe some of those risks nurses have been taking will become more transparent,” she said. “Nurses have been taking risks since Florence Nightingale. You can view a clip of the story at WNCN.com.

Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nursing Merle Mishel, PhD, RN, FAAN, and research professor Barbara Germino, PhD, RN, FAAN, authored an article called “Leaving Fear and Uncertainty Behind” for the September/October issue of Coping with Cancer magazine. Surviving cancer often means coping with the uncertainty that the cancer will reoccur. In the article, Drs. Mishel and Germino offer strategies survivors can use to manage uncertainty, including relaxation exercises, maintaining a gratitude diary, or practicing comforting self-talk. These exercises, they wrote, can make you “better equipped to manage your fear and uncertainty so you can focus on enjoying your best life after cancer.”

Clinical instructor Leslie Sharpe, FNP, MSN, RN, appeared in a North Carolina Health News article about her leadership at the Sylvan Community Health Center. The health center is part of a practice partnership formed by the SON, the Alamance-Burlington School System, and Piedmont Health. “It’s a great partnership, because the school is often the hub of a small rural community,” Ms. Sharpe told NC Health News.

Have you spotted an SON student, alum, staff or faculty member in the newspaper, on TV, or in a magazine? Reach out to Meagen Voss in the Office of Advancement at 919-966-4619 or at vossm@email.unc.edu so she can share the story with the SON Community.