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Onward & Upward: VUSN’s continued momentum in the areas of currently funded grants, new faculty and selected works of research.

There is a sense of excitement permeating throughout the School.  Leadership, faculty, students and staff are building momentum and advancing the School’s mission in new and profound ways.  We welcomed new faculty who will further infuse our community of clinicians and scholars.  We celebrated the many professional accomplishments of our faculty, several of whom serve nursing…

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Selected Works

Journal Publications Choi S, Adams S, MacMaster SA, Seiters J. Predictors of residential treatment retention among individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. June 2013;45(2)122-131. Rasch R, Davidson D, Seiters J, MacMaster S, Adams S, Darby K, Cooper RL. Integrated recovery management model for ex-offenders with co-occurring mental health…

Posted in Fall 2014, Features |


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Scholarly Works Soar: Nursing Practice Reaches New Heights

Curiosity, critical thinking and continuous learning are requirements for successful nursing students and faculty alike. The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently launched its Scholarly Practice Program, which empowers non-tenure track faculty to seek answers for their clinical practice. “Our faculty are extremely talented professionals, each focused on their individual areas of interest. This program…

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Faculty Appointments

National Nursing Organizations Leadership Susie Adams, president-elect, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Cathy Ivory, president, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses Jana Lauderdale, president, Transcultural Nursing Society Patty Sengstack, president, American Nursing Informatics Association Jennifer Willbeck, chair, American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners   National Nursing Organization Boards Karen D’Apolito, National Perinatal Association Board…

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Welcome New Faculty

Research Cathy Ivory PhD, MSN, RN Ivory completed her PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation focused on standardizing failure to rescue elements in perinatal nursing documentation. Ivory brings more than 20 years of clinical, education and research experience to her role as assistant professor, continuing her research and teaching courses in informatics….

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Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Lorraine Mion Early Nurse Detection of Delirium Superimposed on Dementia (END-DSD) National Institutes of Health/Pennsylvania State University 4/01/2010 – 2/08/2015 $732,533 Todd Monroe Age-Related Differences in Psychophysical and Neurobiological Response to Pain National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging 4/01/2014 – 3/31/2016 $431,750 Shelagh Mulvaney Using Social Learning to Improve Adolescent Diabetes Adherence Problem…

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Marian Dudley, left, has been dealing with heart failure for nearly 10 years.  She calls Melissa Smith a “lifesaver” for her consistent care. Photo by Susan Urmy.

Connecting the Dots: Seamless Care Results in Better Outcomes

For people with a chronic illness, leaving the hospital after an acute episode can be overwhelming, confusing and scary. They have many medications to juggle, may struggle to remember their providers’ instructions, and have to fight social barriers like transportation to the pharmacy or grocery and missed work or school days. With all of these…

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Serving the Never-served

When the Clinic at Mercury Courts opened in the summer of 2012, the staff expected to be inundated with patient visits. Designed to provide medical care for people and families transitioning from homelessness and other poverty situations, the clinic on Murfreesboro Road is located within a 5-mile radius of 12 properties serving low income and…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,


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Q+A: An Interview with Sarah Fogel

Vanderbilt Nurse recently sat down with Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN, director of the newly re-named Associate Degree in the Science of Nursing to MSN (ASN to MSN) program. Fogel has more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse and nursing educator on top of her first career as a concert violist.  She has been on faculty…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,


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Spreading Their Wings

In the dictionary, a preceptor is “an instructor; teacher; tutor.” At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, a preceptor is one of the most important roles in the evolution of a nursing student. Preceptors are one-on-one mentors responsible for training students during clinical placements. They help students take what they have learned in the classroom and…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,


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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…

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


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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