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Doctoral nursing student at UNC Greensboro recognized for public health research

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A doctoral nursing student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was named one of the 13 "Students Who Rocked Public Health" by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Jaimee Lee Watts has been collaborating with the North Carolina Division of Public Health on a project that focuses on the issues around the recruitment and retention of public health nurses in local health departments. Watts conducted a survey of frontline nursees to collect data on job satisfaction and retention, according to UNCG.

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“Public health nurses are at the crux of improving the health and wellbeing of our state on multiple levels,” Watts said. “The clinical services they provide the individual, the programs and policies they develop that affect our communities and the efforts they make to be informative and influential leaders involved in the nation's conversation on social determinants of our health are just a few of the things public health nurses do every day. Our goal with this study is to improve and expand the public health nursing workforce in North Carolina so they may continue to do this great and important work on our behalf.”

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Watts is expected to complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in adult gerontology as a primary care nurse practitioner from the UNCG School of Nursing in 2020. She has received statewide and national recognition for her research on public health nurses.

Watts was also accepted into the Future Clinician Leaders College for 2020 and as part of the program, will work with students in other medical fields to address major health policy issues in North Carolina. The group will focus on the state's increasing rates of sexually transmitted diseases and identify methods for prevention, early detection and treatments in emergency departments, urgent care clinics and community health clinics, according to UNCG.

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