N.C. A&T’S School of Nursing Hosts Eighth Graders for Union Square Campus Tour

N.C. A&T’S School of Nursing Hosts Eighth Graders for Union Square Campus Tour

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2023) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s School of Nursing recently welcomed more than 100 eighth graders from Whitewater and Albemarle Road middle schools to the Union Square Campus to explore health care career possibilities.

The Union Square campus is a partnership between N.C. A&T and Cone Health, Guilford Technical Community College and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

The students from the Charlotte, North Carolina, middle schools toured the Health Assessment Lab, Clinical Lab, Anatomoge Table Room, Apartment, Debrief Room and Prebrief Room.

“We know that nursing school is challenging and very competitive,” said Courtlanda Free, MSN, RN, Advanced Nurse Educator and Progressive Care Certified Nurse who serves as interim simulation coordinator and director of clinical learning for the School of Nursing. “We want to give students an early opportunity for success. We also want to encourage students that are interested and let them know nursing is a wonderful career and it is possible for them, if they choose.”

Free, other nursing faculty and current A&T nursing students led the tour for the eighth graders so they could experience direct representation of what the future of nursing can look like for them.

“I enjoyed getting to see the kids,” said Audriana Amos, a junior nursing student from Richmond, Virginia. “Their faces lit up while they were looking at the Anatomoge table as Ms. Free went through different parts of the body. They were asking a lot of questions, and they were really engaged, and I think that’s good because it shows that they might be future nurses one day or in the healthcare field.”

The Anatomoge is a radiology software device that offers a life-size digital representation of the human body by use of cadaver photos. The photos allow the visualization and manipulation of the human body so students are able to view its different layers from skin and muscles to the cardiovascular and skeletal systems.

The Health Assessment and Clinical labs are designed to emulate hospital rooms and are equipped with hospital beds, computers and materials that students would work with if they were in a real hospital.

The Apartment is a community health simulation with a full bathroom and full functioning room to customize what happens in the space. Within the simulation is a high-fidelity mannequin that operates with basic human functions so students can hear heart sounds, for example.

The Debrief Room is a hospital patient room simulation where participants’ performances can be recorded within the space and reviewed later for deeper learning.

The PreBrief Room is a nurse’s station where students can create care plans before operating within their simulation.

“All of the rooms are (designed) so that students can learn safely without fear of harming anyone or judgment and come in with an open mind and willing to learn,” said Free.

A&T alumna Diana Partlow, Communities In Schools director at Whitewater Middle School, coordinated the tour.

“As a middle school career coach, it is my job to expose them to different colleges and careers,” said Partlow. “I’m just so happy that our nursing department has elevated so much, so I was excited about exposing my students to the program as an opportunity for pre-recruitment.”

“I knew when I was about their age that I wanted to be a nurse,” Amos said of the eighth graders. “So, for us to be a part of showing them around, showing them what we do, I think it will influence them so hopefully we’ll have some future nurses because I feel like the career is always going to need people.”

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Hundreds of Triad Women Benefit at Women’s Heart Symposium

Hundreds of Triad Women Benefit at Women’s Heart Symposium

FEBRUARY 6, 2023 – GREENSBORO, NC – Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center hosted its second annual Women’s Heart Symposium on Friday, Feb. 3. Hundreds of women attended the event, which was open to the public in person and streamed online for virtual attendees. One in three women dies of heart disease and stroke every year, most of which are preventable. Prevention begins with education. “At Cone Health, we are passionate about good health and having a healthy community,” says Dr. Mary Jo Cagle, chief executive officer of Cone Health. “We know that women make 80% of the health care decisions in their family’s lives. Today, we offer information to help women make more informed decisions about their own health and in the service of others who they love.” Cone Health physicians and pharmacists took the podium to share more about heart disease, common symptoms and risk factors for women, and how important it is to implement heart-healthy habits into daily life. Key takeaways included: ● Establishing a health care team is the first line of defense for heart-related events and diabetes. ● While some risk factors for heart disease (like age, family history, and ethnicity) cannot change, other risk factors can be managed and dramatically impact health, including nutrition, physical activity and taking medicines as prescribed. ● Some heart diseases display no symptoms, especially in women, so it’s essential to schedule health screenings at least once a year. ● Every heart-healthy habit counts, no matter how small. For example, adding a 10-minute walk to a routine or replacing a soda with water can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. The event ended with free health screens for attendees on-site and an opportunity to ask questions with presenters and staff. “A future with fewer heart attacks is possible,” says Dr. Kardie Tobb, cardiologist, who led planning for the women’s heart forum. “We at the Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center are committed to supporting communities across our region through health education and world-class care.” To learn more about the Heart & Vascular Center or find a physician, visit www.conehealth.com/services/heart-vascular-care.
Blue Cross NC Announces $1 Million Investment in N.C. A&T School of Nursing

Blue Cross NC Announces $1 Million Investment in N.C. A&T School of Nursing

APRIL 25, 2018 – DURHAM, NC – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue  Cross NC) announced today that it is investing $1 million in North Carolina A&T State University’s School of Nursing. This is the second investment in a Triad HBCU nursing program by Blue Cross in the last two weeks. The investment is part of Blue Cross NC’s commitment to contribute $50 million toward community health initiatives in 2018. The investment is partially funded through $40 million in tax savings generated through the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

A&T will use the investment for scholarships to address access to care and nursing shortages, to update equipment and technology, and for student development.

“Over the past month, Blue Cross NC has made it a point to invest in our state’s outstanding HBCU nursing programs,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, President and CEO of Blue Cross NC. “We’ve done this because of the central role that nurses play in creating a higher-quality, more affordable health care system. We are excited to be able to help North Carolina A&T admit and train new nurses, especially from underserved and rural populations. As a practicing physician, I understand that in order bring costs down and increase quality, we have to think more broadly about what it means to invest in health.”

According to a recent study by Georgetown University, North Carolina is projected to have the second-largest shortage of nurses in the nation – a deficit of 12,900 nurses. The shortage is especially challenging in rural North Carolina. The state’s metropolitan areas have 32 more nurses for every 10,000 people than rural counties. Seventy of North Carolina’s 80 rural counties are classified as “medical deserts” due to their lack of primary care. Additionally, nurses play a central role in increasing the value of health care, both in terms of improved outcomes and lower costs.

“We appreciate Blue Cross NC’s continued support of North Carolina A&T. These investments are demonstrative of the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing complex challenges in our communities,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr., said.

A&T’s School of Nursing is a part of the College of Health and Human Sciences and offers the bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) through three entry options which include:

  • Traditional BSN entry option for new freshmen and transfer students
  • Accelerated BSN second degree option for those with a non-nursing bachelor degree
  • BSN completion option for registered nurses with an associate degree

The School of Nursing prepares students to become professional nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality patient-centered care in a dynamic healthcare environment, assume leadership roles in nursing, and pursue graduate education. A&T nursing faculty use state-of-the art technology to educate nurses based on current theory, research and evidenced based practice. The School of Nursing currently has 195 students enrolled in the pre-nursing and nursing major.

The school will use the investment from Blue Cross NC to provide student scholarships, to support student development and program initiatives, and to upgrade equipment and technology within the School of Nursing.

The $1 million will be invested into the following areas:


  • There is a significant need for scholarships and financial aid, especially to students from poor, rural areas. These funds will be used to provide scholarship support to students who are nursing majors at A&T. The school anticipates providing 300 nursing students with $2,000 scholarships over the next 2-3 years, and plans on graduating as many as 245 nursing students with their BSN into the state’s workforce.

Equipment and Technology

  • A&T will also use the funding to support the purchase of new equipment and technology and update existing equipment and technology as needed.

Student Development

  • Students who earn a nursing degree must pass the NCLEX exam before they are allowed to practice. A&T will use funding from this investment to help prepare students for the NCLEX, and cover fees associated with the test.
  • Funding will also be used to support faculty development initiatives such as providing opportunities for School of Nursing faculty to engage in professional development initiatives and trainings.

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