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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…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |


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…

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


Photo Gallery: Pinning

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Class Notes – Spring 2012

40s Bettie Ann White Cleino, BSN ‘44, MSN, PhD, was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame on Oct. 13, 2011. She believes her nursing career was set in motion by the advanced education she received at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  In her acceptance speech, Cleino quoted Lulu K. Hassenplug by saying, “We…

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Spotlight on Nursing Research/Pain Management and Alzheimer’s Disease

Todd Monroe is on a quest to figure out if and how people with Alzheimer’s disease feel pain. Thanks to a grant from the John Hartford Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Monroe, PhD, RN, is studying women with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and healthy women to see how they…

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


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…

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


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…

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


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…

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


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…

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


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…

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


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…

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


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 |


Crutcher Named to Key Post

Terri Davis Crutcher, MSN, RN, has been named assistant dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Crutcher will work closely with Bonnie Pilon, DSN, RN, senior associate dean of Clinical and Community Partnerships, assisting with day-to-day operations and strategic direction initiatives for VUSN’s comprehensive network of faculty practice programs. “Everything…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2011, Issue, Research News |


“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 |



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