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VUMC Subject of New TV Series

Once again Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been chosen as the subject of a new health care reality TV series scheduled to make its broadcast debut on a cable network this spring. The series, titled Baby’s First Day, was produced by New York-based True Entertainment.  It is a brand new effort for a daytime programming…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2011 |


Got Blood?

Students and visitors at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing have gotten used to seeing an American Red Cross Bloodmobile in the Godchaux Hall parking lot a few times this year.  During the fall and spring semesters, nearly 80 faculty, staff, and community members donated much-needed blood for the Tennessee Valley Region of the American Red…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2011 |


A Fresh Way to Prepare ACNPs

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is expanding its training of Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) to include a new subspecialty of intensivists.  Joan King, PhD, RN, program director for the ACNP program, has been awarded a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Health Research Services Administration to work collaboratively with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2011 |


Dissertation Defense from a Distance

For the first time since Vanderbilt University established a Graduate School, a PhD candidate held a public dissertation defense from a distance and in real time. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Lt. Col. Linda Fisher, an active duty member of the Army Nurse Corps, was at her post in Washington State using desktop video conferencing…

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VUSN Ranked no. 15 Among Nation’s Top Schools

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing ranks among the nation’s top 15 “Best Graduate Schools” according to U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2012 rankings released in April. VUSN rose four spots to 15, up from the 19th position when graduate nursing programs were last ranked during 2007. Among Nursing Specialties disciplines, the School…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2011 |


Schorn named assistant dean for Academics

Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, has been named assistant dean for Academics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She will also continue to serve as program director for VUSN’s Nurse-Midwifery Program, one of the School’s largest specialty tracks that was recently ranked No. 3 in U.S. News and World Report. In this newly created role, Schorn…

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Substance Abuse

Non-punitive support key to tackling issue among nurses An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of nurses and nursing students may have substance abuse and addiction problems.  The key to tackling this difficult issue – and protecting public safety – is support and treatment rather than punishment, according to a recent paper in Journal of…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2011 |


Buerhaus to Chair National Health Care Workforce Commission

Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N., has been named chair of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, a 15-member panel comprised of distinguished leaders from academia and the health care industry created under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Buerhaus is the Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and director for the Center…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2010, Issue, News Around the School |


Sim lab named Laerdal Center of Excellence

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Clinical Simulation Lab was designated a Laerdal Center of Excellence this spring — one of only 16 educational institutions in the nation to receive this honor. The designation is awarded to educational centers that have demonstrated excellence in educational philosophy and designed programs to help save lives. “This is a…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2010, Issue, News Around the School |


$2 Million of Loan Forgiveness Support On the Way

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently received more than $2 million worth of funding from the nurse faculty loan programs from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) fund and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for master’s and doctoral students who want to become faculty members after graduation. Specifically, the HRSA funds…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2010, Issue, News Around the School |


VUSN/Lipscomb Partnership Evolves

Lipscomb University partnered with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing five years ago to initiate a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The program was designed so Lipscomb students would take five semesters of liberal arts courses at Lipscomb, complete three semesters of pre-specialty generalist nursing curriculum at VUSN, and graduate with a bachelor of science degree in nursing…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2010, Issue, News Around the School |


Students Help Take Expired Drugs Off the Streets

Thousands of prescription pills were safely disposed of at a recent Dickson County drug disposal event, thanks to the combined efforts of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty and students, the Dickson Police Department, Lipscomb College of Pharmacy students, the Hamblin County Anti-Drug Coalition and other community pharmacists. A steady stream of people from Dickson, Hickman, Davidson…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2010, Issue, News Around the School |


New Inter-Professional Learning Fellowship begins

At the end of July, students from different health disciplines and academic institutions in the Nashville area came together for a unique “immersion” experience. The 26 students are the first participants in the Vanderbilt University Fellowship in Inter-professional Learning: a new paradigm for the education of students in health-related fields. Throughout the two-week immersion experience,…

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Bull named director of FNP Program

Amy Bull, Ph.D., FNP-BC, was named program director for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program. “Amy is a talented practitioner and has been recognized by students as an outstanding professor,” said Linda Norman, D.S.N., R.N., senior associate dean of Academics at VUSN. “We knew if we launched a national search for…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2010, Issue, News Around the School |


Thomson-Smith named assistant dean for Faculty Practice

Clare Thomson-Smith, M.S.N., R.N., J.D., has been named assistant dean for Faculty Practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Thomson-Smith heads up the Center for Advanced Practice and Allied Health and will continue in that role, working closely with VUSN on behalf of all advanced practice nurse faculty who practice at the Medical Center. “Clare is…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2010, Issue, News Around the School |


Spotlight on Nursing Research/Delirium Superimposed on Dementia

An 80-year-old patient with dementia is admitted to a hospital with pneumonia, and soon after, starts acting disoriented. Is this behavior part of his dementia or is it something else? What should the bedside nurse do to help? Lorraine Mion, Ph.D., M.S.N., VUSN’s Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing, and part of a team from Penn…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2010, Issue, News Around the School, Research News |


Spotlight on Nursing Research / Heart Failure and Depression

As a researcher at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Michael Vollman, Ph.D., R.N., is examining the impact of depression in patients with heart disease, and especially those diagnosed with heart failure. “We have at least 10 years worth of solid research evidence indicating that once a patient with heart disease develops a clinically significant depression,…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Research News, Spring 2010 |


Healthy Head Start

More than 120 community children converged on Alumni Lawn this fall for relay races, tug-of-war contests and healthy snacks at the Fall Field Day Festival. The event was hosted by Vanderbilt University Healthy Head Start, a group of students dedicated to promoting healthy living through education and active lifestyles. Like many good ideas, Healthy Head…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Spring 2010 |


Easing Lymphedema

There is only one standard treatment for lymphedema – a chronic condition in which the lymph drainage system is compromised and fluid accumulates in the body – but Sheila Ridner, Ph.D., M.S.N., is investigating a promising laser treatment. Ridner, assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Spring 2010 |


Examining Health Disparities as Social Justice

Students, faculty and staff packed the auditorium to hear Wayne Riley, M.D., M.P.H., MBA, deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture in January. Riley, CEO of Meharry Medical College and professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, shared what he believes King would think about health care disparity and inequity in America…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Spring 2010 |



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