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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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Love Takes Helm of Psychiatric Mental Health Program

Rene Love has been named program director for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN).  She succeeds Susie Adams, who was recently named Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at VUSN. Love has taught at VUSN for 15 years, including courses in the MSN and…

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


Spotlight on Nursing Research//Socially Assistive Robots and Senior Care

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Lorraine Mion believes nursing resources are going to be stretched to their limits with a growing senior population.  To help shore up these anticipated gaps, she thinks robots can play a role in complementing or supplementing some senior care needs.  Collaborating with some of the best minds from the realms…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, Research News, Spring 2014 |


Class Notes – Spring 2014

40s Lucy Goedert Parks, BSN ‘45, celebrated her 91st birthday in December 2013.  She enjoys taking care of her home and yard in Jacksonville, Fla.  Her son, David, lives in North Carolina and works for Fidelity Investments. Iola McClellan Manoogian, BSN ‘47B, celebrated the arrival of three more great-grandchildren for a total of 30. She…

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Class Notes – Fall 2013

50s Anita Hart Fuller, BSN ‘59, retired with her husband to Arkansas in 1993.  They live a quiet life and enjoy watching lots of movies together. 60s Sara Kathryn “Sally” Herr Lowe, BSN ‘63, and Robert W. Lowe, Sr., MD ‘64, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 24.  Their children and grandchildren hosted a…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Fall 2013 |


Murley named Assistant Dean for Educational Informatics

Jerry Murley, MEd, was named assistant dean for Educational Informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. In his new role, he is responsible for operationalizing new educational informatics ideas, serving as the School’s representative to technology support groups at Vanderbilt and helping solve educational challenges through technology. “Much of the School’s technological advancements and success…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


New Study: Communication Among Providers

Primary care physicians and nurse practitioners significantly disagree on some proposed changes to the scope of nurse practitioners’ responsibilities, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study released this summer. The study, led by investigators from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


Travis Estate Donates Significant Gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The estate of Hilliard and Nancy Travis has provided a generous gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specifically supporting student scholarships for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and ongoing research at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, both areas designated by the Travises themselves. “Mr. and Mrs. Travis have left an indelible…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


New Program Directors

Registered Nurse – PreSpecialty Director Sarah Fogel, PhD, MSN, RN, has been named Registered Nurse – PreSpecialty Director. Fogel, professor of Nursing, has been actively engaged in the program as faculty member and succeeds Carolyn Bess, DSN, MSN, RN, associate professor of Nursing, who helped develop the program and recently retired from the position. Fogel…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


School Gets Loan Forgiveness Grant

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a $427,499 award from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grants for 2013-14. This is the 10th consecutive year that VUSN has received the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grants are designed to help ease a…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


DNP Program Earns Accreditation

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been awarded initial accreditation from the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for five years, through Spring 2018. This comes after a yearlong self-study and site visit process. “This is tremendous news for the school, our faculty and most importantly, our students,”…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


Schorn Named Senior Associate Dean for Academics

Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, has been named senior associate dean for Academics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has served as assistant dean for Academics for the past three years while maintaining an active clinical practice at West End Women’s Health Center. “Mavis is the ideal person for this position. She is a gifted…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2013, Issue, News, News Around the School |


Spotlight on Nursing Research//Rapid Response Team Sustainability

Incoming Veterans Administration Quality Scholar Deonni Stolldorf, PhD, MSN, RN, is passionate about innovation in health care. She’s been interested in medicine since she was a child growing up in South Africa. She was a high achiever with good grades who applied to medical school at a time when very few women were admitted, and,…

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Class Notes – Spring 2013

40s Eunice Moe Brock, BSN ‘41, celebrated her 95th birthday and also welcomed two more great grandchildren in 2012 – Violet Elisabeth Voelker was born on Nov. 18, and Elon Hawkeye Kvares, her eighth great grandson, was born Dec. 8. Virginia Maxwell George, BSN ‘47B, enjoys living in Belmont Village, an assisted living residence in…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Issue, Spring 2013 |


March of Dimes Celebrates Nurses

Each year, The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the March of Dimes recognizes nurses who demonstrate excellence in various aspect of the nursing profession.  At the recent awards ceremony, seven nurses from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing were honored: VUSN PhD student Bethany Andrews-Rhoten…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |


Dean Search Underway

A search committee has been named to make recommendations to Chancellor Nick Zeppos and Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, for a new Dean of Nursing at Vanderbilt University. “This individual will be responsible for building upon the school’s rich heritage of more than100 years…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |


PhD in Nursing Science Program Starts New Approach for Reaching Prospective Applicants

For the first time, a VUSN academic program hosted webinars as a recruitment strategy. Two PhD Program Information webinars were held in fall 2012 reaching more than 95 potential applicants. Melanie Lutenbacher, PhD, associate professor of Nursing and chair of the PhD Admissions Subcommittee, facilitated the Webinars along with fourth-year PhD student Lee Ann Jarrett,…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |



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