Funding Priority

Transforming Care: Faculty Support

In the face of a critical nationwide shortage of nursing faculty, the challenge to attract and retain the best for our school has never been greater. Competition is fierce, and faculty support in the way of professorships, professional travel funds and scholarly endowments often determine whether outstanding candidates choose Carolina over our peers. Indeed, supporting our faculty is critical to our program’s growth and success, and ultimately to the health of the people of North Carolina.

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    For it to be — and do — any good, the relationship between a health-care provider and a patient must be built on trust. So, when Dr. Coretta Jenerette noticed that patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) — 98 percent of whom are African-American — were being stigmatized as drug-seeking when looking for relief from their chronic pain, she took action.

    Through her research and advocacy, she has become a champion for this often overlooked population, combating racial stereotypes in health care and developing practical tools for better communication between SCD sufferers and those who provide them care. Through an innovative iPhone app, Dr. Jenerette is transforming care for individuals and families touched by SCD by empowering them to clearly communicate their needs to health-care providers.

    Dr. Jenerette advocates for more SCD experts in North Carolina, and has received multiple honors, awards and grants for her pioneering role in the field. And her research illustrates the importance of diversity in the nursing workforce, as unsatisfactory care all too often stems more from a lack of understanding than a lack of ability. Dr. Jenerette lives out Carolina Nursing’s core belief that every person deserves to feel understood by those caring for them.

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