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As a teaching hospital on the campus of the University of North Carolina, we are a part of a health science complex comprised of schools of nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and public health. The Division of Health Affairs, the largest division of studies at UNC, has been called "the most complete constellation of education, research and service efforts in the field of health available on any university campus."

Day one starts when you accept employment with UNC Hospitals. Even before you begin employment, you will hear from the Executive Director of UNC Hospitals, the Chief Nursing Officer and your nurse manager.

UNC Hospitals conducts a comprehensive education and development program that is designed to help you grow, learn and enrich your skills. Our orientation program is competency-based and conducted by Nursing Services Divisions of Nursing Professional Development, Practice and Research and of Nursing Informatics - as well as our service-based Clinical Nurse Education Specialists and unit-based Nurse Education Clinicians. The orientation consists of didactic instruction, skills labs and a clinical preceptorship which is tailored to your needs and experience level. If you are a recent graduate or an RN entering a new specialty, you will receive educational and clinical support throughout the transition to independent practice.


Continuing Education

The University has been a pioneer in North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and is the flagship campus for continuing education of healthcare professionals. Our Nurses benefit form these teaching/learning opportunities.


Nursing Leadership Academy at UNC Hospitals

The academy’s purpose is to provide leadership development opportunities to the Division of Nursing.  This purpose is accomplished through a number of classes that supports our staff’s development as they move through the Professional Advancement System.   The Nursing Leadership Academy is linked to the College Leadership Excellence within UNC Healthcare’s Learning Institute.

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Below are the current course offerings which can be found on LMS
Nurse Leader Course
This one day course is a Nursing specific supplement to the Emerging or New Leader course.  It is developed for the newly promoted CN 3, CN 4, or Nurse Manager.  It provides information on these Nursing leadership roles, leadership basics, and a financial primer for the Division of Nursing. 
Finance for Nurse Leader Course
This half-day course is a supplement to the Nurse Leader course and goes into greater detail on the financial primer.  Basics of finance, budgeting, and business planning are presented.
Friday Night in the ER
This half-day course provides a unique learning experience on systems thinking.  The course is a simulation of hospital operations followed by a debrief then core concepts on promoting a system’s perspective.
Nursing Leadership Fellowship
This twelve week fellowship provides CN 3’s and CN 4’s with less than one year experience more information on personal and professional leadership and development.  The program provides a “behind the scenes” tour of hospital operations.  Assignment of a mentor is key aspect of this development.

UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing Advanced Degrees

The location of UNC Hospitals on the campus of a top ranked state university offers convenient access to an array of educational opportunities. The UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, adjacent to the Hospitals, offers BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD programs. Part-time study for MSN, DNP and PHD programs is available. If you have any questions in regards to the programs offered by the UNC School of Nursing, please contact Student Affairs at (919) 966-4260.

The "Care Package" from UNC Hospitals is designed to assist in taking advantage of these and other educational opportunities in career-related academic study. Several funding sources are available to nursing employees including: the UNC Hospitals' Tuition Assistance Program, a Nurse Scholarship fund managed by the hospitals' volunteer association, annual Nurse Recognition Awards, and the Griffin-Shull Award.


 For questions/comments about the contents of this page, please email Peggy Mattingly.

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