Lisa Woodley, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHPN

Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC School of Nursing
NEF Scholar: 2018-2019

Life has been hectic lately, as I, along with my colleagues at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill work to finish up a class of senior nursing students and get them ready to launch. We will be graduating over 180 baccalaureate-prepared nurses, and while it's been a challenge to pivot to remote learning mid-semester, it has been rewarding to witness the tremendous efforts of our students, faculty, and staff. Our graduates are ready to join us shoulder to shoulder in our profession, and will be dispersing to nursing positions from coast to coast throughout this country and beyond. They are well prepared and equipped... and will add to the power of nursing.

In addition, I've been working on the front lines in my weekend PRN position as a bedside hospice nurse. It's a rewarding but heart-wrenching place to be these days, as so many families are not able to have as many loved ones at the bedside as they would like because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Thank you to all the nursing superheroes out there who are working tirelessly around the clock - together, we make an incredible difference!


Laura Starbird

(2015-2016 Winner)

Recipient of the Henry Spencer Scholarship, is a public health nurse and PhD student at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore. She earned her Master of Science in Advanced Practice Public Health Nursing... read more.

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