History of Nursing at UNC Hospitals
The University of North Carolina Hospitals, a 690 bed teaching hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center located on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is nationally recognized as a leader and innovator in health care. At UNC Hospitals, nurses are the foundation of our health care delivery system. The expertise and professionalism of the UNC Hospitals nursing staff sets us apart as one of the country's finest medical centers.
We Are Proud of Our Rich Heritage
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillopened its doors to students in 1795 and is distinguished as the nation's first state university. Today, more than 23,500 students are enrolled. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is ranked repeatedly as one of the nation's very best public universities and is the flagship institution in the consolidated 16-campus University of North Carolina system. The UNC School of Nursingoffered the first baccalaureate, master's and doctoral nursing programs in North Carolina.
The university's commitment to health care careers is reflected by the fact that UNC is one of only five institutions in the country to house five health-related professional schools on a single university campus - UNC School of Nursing, UNC School of Medicine, UNC School of Dentistry, UNC School of Pharmacy, and UNC School of Public Health.
UNC's Division of Health Affairs has been called "the most complete constellation of education, research and service efforts in the field of health available on any university campus." UNC Hospitals & the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine are now united, along with Rex Healthcare and UNC Health Care's community practices, under the auspices of UNC Health Care.
The heart of the medical center is UNC Hospitals, which had its beginnings in 1952. UNC Hospitals encompasses N.C. Memorial, N.C. Neurosciences, N.C. Children's and N.C. Women's Hospitals.
Innovation is a Way of Life Here
The nation's first intensive care unit opened here in 1953. It set new standards for the care of critically ill patients and symbolized the hospital's commitment to exploring new ways to improve the delivery of quality health care.
Since introducing the ICU concept, they have pioneered important new developments in the treatment of heart disease, cancer, hemophilia, infertility, burns & trauma, autism, growth disorders, cystic fibrosis, and a host of other diseases and disorders. They perform heart, heart/lung, lung, liver, kidney, and bone marrow transplantations.
They are committed to providing a practice environment that supports excellent patient care and enhances nurses' workplace well-being. To that end, they have developed and implemented a Nursing Congress, Clinical Ladder Advancement System, extensive continuing education programming, and retention bonuses and are pursuing Magnet designation.
The spirit of innovation permeates all that they do. UNC Hospitals is a place where new ideas have a chance to blossom. Creativity is encouraged and nurtured. As a new nurse at UNC Hospitals, you will participate in breakthroughs - in both technology and practice.
Now that you are seriously considering a move to the "southern part of Heaven," the following links may prove helpful - either to further satisfy your need for information about our Hospitals or to assist you with plans for coming to Chapel Hill:
- UNC Health Care - Employee
- UNC Hospitals - Nurse Externship
- UNC Hospitals - Nurse Residency
- Chapel Hill / Research Triangle North Carolina
- Canadian Connection
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