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Etherington Earns MLK Jr. Award

As part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities throughout the Vanderbilt campus this year, Carol Etherington MSN, RN, associate director of Community Health Initiatives and associate professor of Nursing, left, pictured with Jana Lauderdale, PhD, RN, assistant dean of Diversity for VUSN, received the annual Martin Luther King Jr. award.  The award is given…

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Martin Earns Vanderbilt Global Health Certificate

The School of Nursing held its December 2012 Pinning Ceremony at Benton Chapel to celebrate the completion of specialty coursework for more than 20 students. During the ceremony, Mary Martin earned her pin from the Nurse-Midwifery specialty and became the first VUSN student to earn the Vanderbilt Global Health certification.

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The Clinic at Mercury Courts Gets HRSA Grant

More than 1,200 underserved and disadvantaged people in Nashville will gain access to high-quality primary care thanks to a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Nursing grant recently awarded to The Clinic at Mercury Courts.  The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing primary care clinic, operating in conjunction with Urban Housing Solutions, was opened…

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VUSN Supports Call the Midwife

The School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Service and Nurse-Midwifery Academic Program came together to locally sponsor Seasons 1 and 2 of the PBS show Call the Midwife. The series is based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, who shares the world of midwifery and family life in East London in the 1950s.  The characters…

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Bredesen Shares Insights

More than 200 students, faculty and community members gathered to hear former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen discuss his thoughts on meaningful health care reform, as part of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Centennial Lecture Series.  His take-away message: Members of the health care community, not just elected officials, have responsibility to help solve the…

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The Veterans Administration Quality Scholars Program nurtures fellows

The Veterans Administration Quality Scholars (VAQS) program is a two-year fellowship for physicians and pre/post-doctoral nurses.  This national program is designed as a ‘hub and spokes’ model with the Program Center (hub) at Dartmouth Medical School and spokes at eight VA sites across the country.  Each VA site is partnered with a school of medicine…

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Buerhaus Named to IOM Committee

Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee for Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education. The Committee is co-chaired by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Donald Berwick, MD,…

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Six Vanderbilt Students Selected as Frist Global Health Leaders

Three students in the School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing program and three rising fourth-year School of Medicine students have been selected as 2012 Frist Global Health Leaders. The program was established by Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based non-profit organization founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, adjunct professor of…

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Community Health Students Help With Kindergarten Readiness

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing students, working in partnership with the Martha O’Bryan Center, United Neighborhood Health Services (UNHS) and Kirkpatrick Elementary School, developed a pilot project to increase awareness and improve access for children in the Cayce Place community who need to register for kindergarten. The Kindergarten Kick-Off Health Fair, held this summer, was…

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Save the Date

We will celebrate the IOTA Chapter’s 60th anniversary in 2013. This is a very exciting time in the history of our chapter and we are planning on celebrating this significant historical event with our members. In honor of our 60th anniversary, we will be hosting the National President of Sigma Theta Tau, Suzanne Prevost, PhD,…

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Case Wins State Award for Excellence

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Instructor and clinician Jane Case, DNP, FNP-BC, recently received the 2012 Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at the 27th National Conference in Orlando, Fla. Only one nurse practitioner from each state was chosen for this competitive award. “Jane embodies all the qualities we…

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New Program Directors

Michelle Collins, PhD, CNM, has been named program director for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery program.  Collins is an associate professor of Nursing who has been teaching in the VUSN Nurse-Midwifery program for seven years. Before joining Vanderbilt, she worked as a nurse, charge nurse and educator for 15 years in hospital and…

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VUSN Student Heads to China on Boren Fellowship

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing student Erin Dittmer has been awarded a David L. Boren Fellowship to study in China during the 2012-2013 academic year. Sponsored by the National Security Education Program, the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are a federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens…

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VUSN Helps Open New Clinic

The clinic team on opening day, from L to R: Terri Crutcher, Christian Ketel, Bonnie Pilon, Aaron Scott, Bryn Evans and Kimberly Word. Photo by Joe Howell. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Urban Housing Solutions have partnered to open a new clinic in one of the most underserved communities in Nashville.  The Clinic at…

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VUSN School-based Nutrition Program Honored at White House

Fall-Hamilton Elementary School was honored at a reception last fall hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C. The event was part of the Healthier U.S. School Challenge Program, an initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture that sets benchmarks encouraging schools to create healthier school environments through increased…

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Post-Master’s in Urogynecology

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has started offering a post-master’s certificate in Urogynecology – a growing subspecialty among women’s health nurse practitioners.  This education focuses on pelvic floor dysfunction which can cause physical problems and affect quality of life. “This is a wide open field as our population ages.  These issues can be quite complicated…

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Benner Wants to Transform Nursing Education

Nursing education needs some sweeping changes, according to Patricia Benner, PhD, RN, who spoke as part of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Centennial Lecture Series at Langford Auditorium last fall. Benner, professor emerita in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, spoke extensively about her work findings…

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Rudolph Talks About Combining Nursing and Health Care

This January, Elizabeth G. Rudolph, JD (VU ‘89), MSN (VUSN ‘85), RN, shared her insights about how nurses can merge their health care expertise with the legal world with VUSN students and community members.  Rudolph is founder and president of Jurex Center for Legal Nurse Consulting, which certifies nurses as professional legal nurse consultants. Rudolph’s…

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VUSN Nurse-Midwives Named Best in the Country

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Practice has been recognized for its excellence in care by the 2010 American College of Nurse-Midwives Benchmarking Project. Specifically, VUSN was named best practice in the nation for its highest rate of postpartum visit attendance and its lowest rate of induction.  They also received runner-up honors for having…

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Flulapalooza Sets Guinness Record

Vanderbilt University Medical Center holds the world record for the most vaccinations given in eight hours, according to Guinness World Records. There were 12,850 flu shots given during the October 2011 record attempt, dubbed Flulapalooza. During a special announcement in December, Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School…

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