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Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation, co-authored by VUSN PhD Student Alvin Jeffrey

In the Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing PhD student Alvin D. Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC, and Robin L. Jarvis, MS, SPHR, presents a pragmatic, realistic approach to clinical orientation to meet the needs of the nurses, organization and patients.  Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta…

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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 |


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,…

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


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…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, Research News, Spring 2013 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


Spotlight on Nursing Research/Delirium Superimposed on Dementia

An 80-year-old patient with dementia is admitted to a hospital with pneumonia, and soon after, starts acting disoriented. Is this behavior part of his dementia or is it something else? What should the bedside nurse do to help? Lorraine Mion, Ph.D., M.S.N., VUSN’s Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing, and part of a team from Penn…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2010, Issue, News Around the School, Research News |


Spotlight on Nursing Research / Heart Failure and Depression

As a researcher at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Michael Vollman, Ph.D., R.N., is examining the impact of depression in patients with heart disease, and especially those diagnosed with heart failure. “We have at least 10 years worth of solid research evidence indicating that once a patient with heart disease develops a clinically significant depression,…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Research News, Spring 2010 |



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