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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…

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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…

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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,…

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

The road to further nursing research and higher education for Jie Deng started with the 2003 SARS outbreak in China.  At the time, Deng was the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing. “Our nurses were incredible – the sacrifices they made for their patients. We had very limited knowledge…

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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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Class Notes – Fall 2012

40s Virginia Maxwell George, BSN ‘47B, MSN, MA (’72 Peabody) VUSN faculty emerita, moved into Belmont Village, an assisted living residence in Nashville.  She is happy at her new home and invites friends to visit. 50s Bonnie Weaver Battey, MSN ‘59, PhD, is a professional educator, administrator, facilitator and consultant in fields of communication and…

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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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Spotlight on Nursing Research//Veterans Administration Quality Scholar

Maybe it’s her intense respect for military veterans like her father and grandfather, or perhaps it’s because of a chance encounter with an inspiring Mississippi resident during hurricane relief efforts.  One thing is for certain, LisaMarie Wands is interested in how people move through traumatic events. Wands, PhD, MS, RN, recently joined Vanderbilt University School…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, Research News |


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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