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Faculty and Students Recognized at ACNM Annual Meeting

A group of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty and students played an active role in the 60th American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in June.  The annual conference attracts more than 2,000 participants for four days of national speakers, education sessions, workshops and recognitions.  Highlights included: Student Recognitions: Ali Sevilla…

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Gilmer Selected as Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care Hero

Gilmer has received numerous awards for her research and teaching expertise and has been a leader in several international health projects.  She helped establish the core palliative care service at Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital and is director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Research team. Her newest project is advancing knowledge of pediatric oncology and animal assisted…

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School of Nursing Advances Four Spots in U.S. News Ranking

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked No. 11 among more than 500 nursing schools in the latest U.S. News and World Report “Best Graduate Schools” edition released in March. VUSN moved up four spots to No. 11 from the last ranking four years ago. “We are very proud that we advanced four places, and it…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |


Health Coaching for Positive Change

The first cohort of Health Coaching certificate program students at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently completed their 28-week course of study, preparing them to help patients set realistic health goals and provide support in reaching those goals. “It’s hard to motivate people to change by telling them they have elevated lipids, for example….

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Gordon Receives Credo Award

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Jeff Gordon, Ph.D., M.Ed., professor of Educational Technology and Informatics, was recently honored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a recipient of the Credo Award, given to faculty and staff who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in serving colleagues, students, patients and their families. Gordon’s nominating letter credited his…

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Dempsey: Importance of Patient Experience

Patients who feel included in their care have better outcomes, Christina Dempsey, MSN, MBA, chief nursing officer at Press Ganey told a standing-room-only audience recently at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dempsey’s guest lecture was sponsored by the Patricia Townsend Meador Endowed lecture series. Dempsey described the patient experience as the clinical care of the patient; the…

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Pilon Celebrated for VUSN Community Partnership Efforts

Vanderbilt and community members recognized Bonnie Pilon, PhD, RN, who stepped down from her role as senior associate dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in December 2014. Pilon, pictured with VUMC Deputy Vice Chancellor C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD, served in the role for 15 years, including leading the…

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Pam Jones: New VUSN Practice Leader

Pam Jones understands where health care delivery has been, where it is today, and where it is heading. As the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s incoming Senior Associate Dean of Clinical and Community Partnerships, she will further enhance interdisciplinary learning, develop future models of care that enhance health and provide teaching opportunities for VUSN students,…

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RoundingWell Collaborates with VUSN Clinic

RoundingWell and the Clinic at Mercury Court (CMC), a community health initiative of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to reach the most medically underserved, have implemented technology at no cost to the clinic in the spirit of community health improvement and innovation. The RoundingWell platform is being used by the clinic’s interprofessional team to coordinate…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |


Reunion Helps Build, Reinforce Alumni Connections

Rainy weather couldn’t dampen the festivities as nearly 1,200 medical and nursing alumni returned to campus for Reunion for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN). With the theme, “Come back, Give back,” the Oct. 9-11 Reunion encouraged graduates to return to campus to visit with classmates, see what…

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Ph.D. Student Support Fund Update

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Ph.D. Student Support Fund was established by Graduate faculty and program alumni in 2010. Its purpose is to assist students in meeting non-tuition related expenses associated with dissertation completion. To date, seven students have been awarded financial support. Of those, four have been awarded the Ph.D. degree. The…

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School Kicks Off Strategic Planning Process

Nearly 200 Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty members took part in a special planning retreat this summer, kicking off the School’s strategic vision process. “We are in the midst of a sea change in health care,” said VUSN Dean Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing. “This will give us…

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


Reaching Out to Local Students

Glencliff High School students recently learned firsthand about health care roles thanks to a collaboration between the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Oasis Center’s Youth Engagement and Action Program. VUSN students, including Lena McMillan, left, developed an hourlong curriculum, as part of their community health course, to engage students like Erika Davila and…

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Health Coaching Certificate Program Debuts

The Vanderbilt University Schools of Nursing and Medicine, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Service have come together to sponsor a new health coaching certificate program that teaches health care providers how to partner with patients, help set realistic health goals and provide support along the way….

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VUSN’s Lalonde Wins on Jeopardy!

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing student Molly Anne Lalonde was a four-time winner on the game show Jeopardy! this summer. Her winnings netted more than $55,000. Lalonde is a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner student who completed her master’s coursework in August. She is no stranger to the academic rigor and emotional intelligence required to succeed on…

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


Conway-Welch Portrait Unveiled

National nursing dignitaries and the Vanderbilt community gathered this summer for the official portrait unveiling of Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, VUSN dean emerita. Having a painting commissioned is a high honor at Vanderbilt University, reserved only for those leaders who have made an indelible impact on the institution. Conway-Welch retired in June 2013, after 29 years…

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


New Palliative Care Offering

For those interested in delving deeper into the world of palliative care, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing introduced a palliative care post-master’s certificate program. Directed by Kathryn Lindstrom, PhD, FNP-BC, a leader in adult palliative care, and Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, internationally known for her pediatric palliative care work, the program prepares students…

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VUSN Lands Pediatric Palliative Care Grant

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has been awarded a $1.8 million grant by National Institutes of Health/ National Institute of Nursing Research. The four-year grant is in partnership with the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC), will recruit children with advanced or relapsed cancer via Facebook and develop a web-based tool so they can create…

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


Shapiro Shares the Art of Negotiation

Ron Shapiro, negotiator, sports agent, attorney, educator, author and civic leader, recently led a workshop, “How to Negotiate so Everyone Wins, Especially You!” at the School of Nursing. “Having dynamic speakers come to campus for a workshop like this is a golden opportunity for us to step outside our traditional roles and learn new things,”…

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