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More Young People Choose Nursing Careers

Significantly more young people are becoming registered nurses, reversing a 10-year decline in the number of nurses entering the profession and easing some concerns about a looming nursing shortage in the United States, according to a study released in the December 2011 issue of Health Affairs. Findings show a 62 percent increase in the number…

Posted in Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2012 |


VUSN Breaks Records

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing welcomed its largest class ever – 486 students who are pursuing master’s, Doctor of Nurse Practice or PhD degrees. The incoming class of master’s students includes 254 students with associate’s or bachelor’s degrees who are pursuing their masters in the science of Nursing degrees and 155 non-nurses who are participating…

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


JHS Awards Scholarship

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Julia Hereford Society held its summer event at the home of Bob and Bette Sue McNeilly in June to honor this year’s JHS scholarship recipient, Amanda Rich Almond, and celebrate the group’s efforts in easing the financial burden of nursing students. The society recognizes donors to VUSN, and was named…

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


New system makes it easier for patients to monitor lymphedema

Without a way to effectively monitor and measure swelling in limbs, breast cancer patients with lymphedema can have difficulty with self-care and knowing when to seek treatment. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Sheila Ridner, PhD, RN, and her team hope to change that with a new study that could lead to objective measuring at home…

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


VUSN Memorabilia on Display

Thanks to the generosity of VUSN alumni who sent in items to the School, some of VUSN’s historical memorabilia is now on display in the School’s Atrium and items will be rotated throughout the year.  The first complete display features a cadet uniform of Elizabeth White Cleino, BSN ‘44.  The red epaulets and cadet patch…

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


HSM Program One of the Best

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Health Systems Management Program specialty has been ranked as the top online Health Systems Management  Program in the country by The Best Colleges, an organization that produces independent ranking assessments of colleges in various disciplines.  VUSN’s Health Systems Management was also recently ranked No. 8 by U.S. News and World…

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


“Laughing gas” added as childbirth pain control option

Vanderbilt University Medical Center started offering nitrous oxide this summer as a pain management tool for women during childbirth — joining only two other hospitals in the country offering this option. Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas,” can be administered quickly by the patient, is widely known to rapidly ease pain and has been proven…

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


Spotlight on Nursing Research/Helping Youth Self-Manage Diabetes

Shelagh Mulvaney is on a mission to see how technology can help adolescents with diabetes.  She is working on the development and testing of several systems and programs, and won’t stop until she and her colleagues can figure out ways to help teens better self-manage their health. “Thanks in part to technology, we have many…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2011, Issue, News Around the School, Research News |


Spotlight on Nursing Research/Swelling in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Sheila Ridner, PhD, MSN, wants everyone to know that lymphedema (swelling) doesn’t just happen to breast cancer survivors.  So, she’s expanding her research to head and neck cancer patients. “This work is so important because lymphatic damage and the fibrosis happen from the shoulder to nasal area where our mechanisms for swallowing, nourishing and breathing…

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


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…

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


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…

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


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 |



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