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Fast Forward: Dean Linda Norman

When she was just 9 years old, Linda Norman knew that she wanted to become a nurse and a teacher. She just didn’t know how far she would go. Parents Harold and Becky Boggs told Linda at a young age that she was adopted. They wanted her to know how wanted she was. As an…

Posted in Fall 2013, Features, Issue, News | Tags: ,


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Q+A: An Interview with Terri Donaldson

Vanderbilt Nurse recently sat down with Terri Donaldson, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Donaldson has nearly 30 years of experience in cardiac and critical care nursing, has been on faculty since 2001, and became the DNP program director in 2012. She shares why the DNP is one of the…

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Nursing without borders

  Carol Ziegler’s great-grandfather was a Rough Rider, charging into battle with Theodore Roosevelt during the Spanish-American War. He had an intimate view of the effects of foreign intervention and hammered into his descendants that cultures were to be respected, not interfered with. The night she graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Family Nurse…

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Q+A: An Interview with Betsy Weiner and Tom Christenbery

Sigma Theta Tau International’s Iota Chapter was founded in 1953 at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  In honor of the group’s 60th Anniversary, Vanderbilt Nurse sat down with Senior Associate Dean of Informatics Betsy Weiner and Tom Christenbery, professor and IOTA Chapter president, to discuss the history and future of the organization. What is Sigma…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2013 | Tags: ,


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Lights. Camera. Action.

Nutrition instructor Jamie Pope lectures to her students on the power of superfoods, with a rainbow-colored collection of nutrient-rich fare on the table before her and a green screen draped behind her. Her class is 50,000 students strong and growing. Except for a throng of studio lights, camera equipment, computers and a teleprompter, not a…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2013 | Tags: ,


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The Colleen Conway-Welch Legacy

In 1985, after Colleen Conway married Ted Welch, she signed an informal written agreement between the two of them that she would resign as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing after five years. Eight years later Welch lovingly tore up the agreement and handed her the pieces. Twenty-nine years later Conway-Welch is stepping…

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2011 Cumulative Report

At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, we believe our past accomplishments catapult us to future successes. The following pages found here highlight the School’s continued growth and meaningful contributions to the world of nursing and nursing education.         [2011 Cumulative Report - PDF]  

Posted in Fall 2012, Features, Issue, News |


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Q+A: An Interview with Mary Ann Jessee

  VUSN’s Pre-Specialty Level of the MSN program is thriving with more than 160 incoming students each year, representing a variety of non-nursing educational backgrounds.  After serving as interim director and leading the faculty through a major curriculum revision, Mary Ann Jessee, MSN, RN, became Pre-Specialty director in May 2012.  Recently, she sat down with…

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How Meth Impacts Brain Chemistry

Methamphetamine  (Meth) is a neurotoxin that primarily effects dopamine pathways in the brain. Meth mimics dopamine which is called the “pleasure” neurotransmitter in the brain. When something pleasurable happens, certain axons in the brain release dopamine which attach to receptors on dendrites of neighboring axons passing along the pleasure message in the brain. The process…

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Crystal Clear

The putrid smell of her own flesh burning was not enough to make Jade Wilhite seek medical attention. She was following the methamphetamine user code: do not get caught. The day she tilted her head back to administer what she thought was a soothing liquid for her tired, irritated eyes, was the day her loyalty…

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Not Just Aspirin and Band-Aids Anymore

Tyler Ralph slumps into the yellow chair looking as limp as the untied shoelaces on his back-to-school sneakers. But the fourth grader knows to get down to business – swabbing his fingertip, pricking it with the lancet, putting the drop of blood on the test strip, waiting for the blood sugar reading that explains why…

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The Art of Aging

Frances Raines knows the secret to successful aging. “Keep busy,” says the 97-year-old resident at Bethany Health & Rehabilitation nursing home, flashing a knowing smile that momentarily erases the wrinkles on her face. With a bright red crochet hook and yards of sky blue and royal purple yarn, Raines keeps busy through her stitches, even…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2012 | Tags: ,


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Geriatric research

“Is this a house of corrections or a house of comfort?” asked the attending physician, a native of Britain, noting that American nurses have such strange practices, tethering their patients. Those comments, delivered to a group on medical practice rounds that included a young Lorraine Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN, shaped the whole course of her…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2012 |


Geriatric Nursing Facts

According to the Administration on Aging, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services: The population 65 years or older numbered 39.6 million in 2009, the latest year for which data is available. They represented 12.9 percent of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. Older women outnumber older men at…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2012 |


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On a Patient’s Worst Day

Minutes from now, the newly conscious patient will flail softly in her bed and try to pull out her breathing tube. A nurse will be there to stay her hand. Right now, though, she’s slipping toward death. As she was being turned in her bed, her heart rate plummeted, and it hasn’t returned. She’s gone…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2012 | Tags: ,


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Q+A: An Interview with Trish Trangenstein

What does the term “nursing informatics” mean? Nursing informatics is a specialty recognized by the American Nurses’ Association.  Nursing informatics transforms electronic information into knowledge and eventually knowledge into wisdom needed to improve outcomes.  Nursing outcomes can only be improved if you can apply wisdom across any number of areas, and a person needs advanced…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2012 | Tags: ,


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Raiding the Medicine Cabinet

Drug disposal event saving environment /livesby Carole Bartoo America has a drug problem. But it’s not what you think; in fact this drug problem is probably happening in your community – even in your own home. The problem is the accumulation of prescription drugs with no good plan for disposing of them.  As the number…

Posted in Fall 2011, Features, Issue | Tags:


Dangers of Improper Prescription Drug Use

Prescription painkillers can cause nausea and vomiting. Mixing anti-anxiety or sleep disorder drugs with other drugs, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing and heart rate, and possibly lead to death. Abusing stimulants while taking a cold medicine with decongestants can cause dangerous increases in blood pressure and irregular heart rhythms.

Posted in Fall 2011, Features, Issue |


Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Source: National Institute for Drug Abuse After marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the top drugs abused by 12th graders in the past year. Nearly half (47%) of teens who use prescription drugs say they get them for free from a relative or friend. More than three in five (62% or 14.6…

Posted in Fall 2011, Features, Issue |


How to Safely Dispose of Drugs

Drug take-back events are happening more frequently across the country.  We challenge you to take a hard look at the contents of your medicine cabinet, purse, wallet, dresser drawer or any place where you keep medicine.  Chances are you have some expired medicines. If there isn’t a drug disposal event near you, follow these steps:…

Posted in Fall 2011, Features, Issue |



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