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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 |


Class Notes – Fall 2011

40s Helen Iola Manoogian, BSN ‘47B, celebrated her 90th birthday with a ride on a zip line. 50s Frances M. Edwards, BSN ‘53, MSN ‘76, received the Lifetime Achievement award at the Tennessean’s recent Salute to Nurses ceremony.  According to her nomination, “no one in Tennessee has been more involved in promoting the health of…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Fall 2011 |


Photo Gallery: Reunion

Nursing school alumni, including several Quinqs, joined the annual Reunion Celebration

Posted in Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Issue, Photo Gallery, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013 |


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 |


Alumni Profile/Michael Briley, MSN ‘94, DNP, APN, Julia Hereford Society President

When people ask me about the practice I started more than 17 years ago, I tell them it’s more than a business.  It’s a philosophy.  I believe that wellness and preventions of problems are the keys to a better, richer life.  This philosophy is fundamental to all aspects of my practice and reflects the strong…

Posted in Alumni Profile, Class Notes, Departments, Issue, Spring 2011 |


Class Notes – Spring 2011

40s Eunice Moe Brock, BSN ‘41, is honorary president of the Liaocheng International Peace Hospital in China.  She is writing a book “Search for a World View” that will harmonize the scientific concepts of the physical and spiritual realms, and hopes to have it translated into Chinese in 2011. Bess Winchester Isaacs, BSN ‘47B, lives…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Issue, 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 |



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