Campus briefs

Aug. 26, 2013 @ 01:15 PM

UNC School of Nursing division chair named national nurse fellow

Cheryl B. Jones, associate professor and chair of the Division of Health Care Environments at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing, has been named one of just 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows this year.

Jones will participate in the three-year leadership development program designed to enhance nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the U.S., health care system, according to a RWJ Foundation release.

She studies micro- and macro-level issues in the nurse workforce to improve the work environment, inform executive practice, and address the costs and quality of health care. One of her best recognized contributions is the development, testing and refinement of an innovative method for measuring nurse turnover costs.

The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program began in 1998 and will provide Jones and her colleagues with coaching and education to strengthen their abilities to lead teams and organizations working to improve health and health care.

LinkedIn launches university pages this month

LinkedIn, the professional networking website that helps you connect with old bosses, business acquaintances or new job opportunities, recently launched another subsection of its offerings – University Pages.

According to Christina Allen, the LinkedIn director of product management, the personalized pages just for colleges and universities will allow students to explore higher ed options around the world and start their university social network before they even step foot on campus. Students also can find alumni and campus news on the new tool.

Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill both have their pages already up and running.

Beginning Sept. 12, LinkedIn will be available to high school students so they can start their college searches early. The minimum age for LinkedIn users will be 14.

Duke’s Nicholas Institute appoints new policy director

Martin Doyle has been appointed director of the Water Policy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Doyle will divide his time equally between this new role and his current position as professor of river science and policy at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.

The Nicholas Institute's Water Policy Program historically has focused on global water policy, making its largest contributions to water resource management decisions in Southeast Asia and in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, according to a Nicholas Institute release.  

Doyle will increase the Water Policy Program's collaboration with other Nicholas Institute programs and Duke faculty by refocusing it on domestic issues such as water management for ecological considerations and the implications of shale gas extraction on water resources.

Duke children’s hospital receives pediatric quality award

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center was named a 2013 Pediatric Quality Award category winner and finalist by the Children's Hospital Association, according to a Duke Medicine release.

The new Children’s Hospital Association Pediatric Quality Award honors and spreads improvement initiatives that organizations serving pediatric patients can replicate or adapt to achieve results in all aspects of pediatric health care. 

The Duke Children’s project, “Targeted Interventions Improve Shared Agreement of Daily Goals in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit,” was selected from 86 entries as the Clinical Care category winner by a panel of industry judges. The project team was led by Dr. Kyle Rehder, assistant professor of pediatrics.

The Children’s Hospital Association will announce the overall winner from the group of four finalists in October.