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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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VUSN earns Hartford Designation

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was selected for membership in the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) in recognition of the highest level of commitment to the field of gerontological nursing. “This is a tremendous honor for our school and a reflection of our dedicated research, education and practice faculty,” said Dean Linda Norman,…

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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…

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