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Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation, co-authored by VUSN PhD Student Alvin Jeffrey

In the Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing PhD student Alvin D. Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC, and Robin L. Jarvis, MS, SPHR, presents a pragmatic, realistic approach to clinical orientation to meet the needs of the nurses, organization and patients.  Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta…

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UCLA’s Lyder Helps Celebrate MLK Day

In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King’s dedication to service, Vanderbilt University Medical Center honored King’s legacy through student community service, a lecture by UCLA Dean Courtney Lyder, and presentation of the annual Martin Luther King award. Lyder, ND, ScD, noted researcher, policymaker, educator and pioneer, captivated faculty, students and staff by honoring nursing icons…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |


Faculty Book Signing

The School Life Committee recently hosted a book signing event with VUSN faculty-authors as a way to showcase faculty scholarship.  Nearly 100 students came by to have their books or bookplates signed by one or all of the VUSN faculty who authored books, edited books or contributed chapters to textbooks.  Authors included: Michelle Collins, PhD,…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |


Study Looks at the Role of Therapy Dogs

It’s not uncommon for a child with newly diagnosed cancer to become depressed, lonely and have strained family relationships, but a new Vanderbilt study is investigating whether therapy dogs could have a positive effect on children undergoing chemotherapy. This first-of-its-kind grant, coordinated by the American Humane Association and funded by animal health company, Zoetis, was…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |


NLGH Conference is a Big Success

More than 220 people from 14 countries and 30 states came to Nashville in February for the Nursing Leadership in Global Health (NLGH) Conference.  Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan kicked off the event where presenters and attendees addressed the overall goal of improving patient care by elevating the voice of nursing, delved deep…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |


Weiner Elected to IOM

VUSN’s Betsy Weiner, PhD, RN, senior associate dean for Informatics, was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) last fall.  With more than 1,900 members, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academies, serving as an adviser to the nation to improve health and promote health-related research. Weiner, Centennial Independence Foundation Professor of…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |


VUMC Lands Moore Foundation Grant

Vanderbilt University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies was awarded $2.2 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to address nursing workforce issues that may impede future health care. Certain regions in the U.S., particularly rural areas, continue to report a shortage of nurses, especially in specialties such as operating room and labor and…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |


School Reaches Out to Male Students

The VUSN Admissions Office reports male recruitment is on the upswing.  During the past four years, the percentage of male students has consistently risen.  In the current academic year, 11.3 percent of the students are male.  Perhaps one reason for this is the growth of the School’s thriving American Assembly for Men in Nursing: Middle…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |


Adams Named School’s First Faculty Scholar

Susie Adams, PhD, RN, has been named to the newly created position of Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. The Faculty Scholar position will partner with existing and/or new agencies affiliated with VUSN to evaluate evidence-based health practices, analyze program outcomes and disseminate findings. “Susie is the…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |


Love Takes Helm of Psychiatric Mental Health Program

Rene Love has been named program director for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN).  She succeeds Susie Adams, who was recently named Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at VUSN. Love has taught at VUSN for 15 years, including courses in the MSN and…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |


Spotlight on Nursing Research//Socially Assistive Robots and Senior Care

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Lorraine Mion believes nursing resources are going to be stretched to their limits with a growing senior population.  To help shore up these anticipated gaps, she thinks robots can play a role in complementing or supplementing some senior care needs.  Collaborating with some of the best minds from the realms…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, Research News, Spring 2014 |


Class Notes – Spring 2014

40s Lucy Goedert Parks, BSN ‘45, celebrated her 91st birthday in December 2013.  She enjoys taking care of her home and yard in Jacksonville, Fla.  Her son, David, lives in North Carolina and works for Fidelity Investments. Iola McClellan Manoogian, BSN ‘47B, celebrated the arrival of three more great-grandchildren for a total of 30. She…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Issue, Spring 2014 |


Class Notes – Fall 2013

50s Anita Hart Fuller, BSN ‘59, retired with her husband to Arkansas in 1993.  They live a quiet life and enjoy watching lots of movies together. 60s Sara Kathryn “Sally” Herr Lowe, BSN ‘63, and Robert W. Lowe, Sr., MD ‘64, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 24.  Their children and grandchildren hosted a…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Fall 2013 |


Murley named Assistant Dean for Educational Informatics

Jerry Murley, MEd, was named assistant dean for Educational Informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. In his new role, he is responsible for operationalizing new educational informatics ideas, serving as the School’s representative to technology support groups at Vanderbilt and helping solve educational challenges through technology. “Much of the School’s technological advancements and success…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


New Study: Communication Among Providers

Primary care physicians and nurse practitioners significantly disagree on some proposed changes to the scope of nurse practitioners’ responsibilities, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study released this summer. The study, led by investigators from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


Travis Estate Donates Significant Gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The estate of Hilliard and Nancy Travis has provided a generous gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specifically supporting student scholarships for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and ongoing research at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, both areas designated by the Travises themselves. “Mr. and Mrs. Travis have left an indelible…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


New Program Directors

Registered Nurse – PreSpecialty Director Sarah Fogel, PhD, MSN, RN, has been named Registered Nurse – PreSpecialty Director. Fogel, professor of Nursing, has been actively engaged in the program as faculty member and succeeds Carolyn Bess, DSN, MSN, RN, associate professor of Nursing, who helped develop the program and recently retired from the position. Fogel…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


School Gets Loan Forgiveness Grant

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a $427,499 award from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grants for 2013-14. This is the 10th consecutive year that VUSN has received the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grants are designed to help ease a…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


DNP Program Earns Accreditation

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been awarded initial accreditation from the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for five years, through Spring 2018. This comes after a yearlong self-study and site visit process. “This is tremendous news for the school, our faculty and most importantly, our students,”…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


Schorn Named Senior Associate Dean for Academics

Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, has been named senior associate dean for Academics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has served as assistant dean for Academics for the past three years while maintaining an active clinical practice at West End Women’s Health Center. “Mavis is the ideal person for this position. She is a gifted…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |



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