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Photo Gallery: Reunion 2014

Nursing school alumni joined the annual Reunion Celebration.

Posted in Photo Gallery, Spring 2015 |

Dean’s Message

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, We have had an eventful several months at the School of Nursing.  We are delighted that the School advanced four spots to become the No. 11 ranked graduate nursing school among more than 500 schools in the U.S. News and World Report 2016 rankings.  Several of our specialties were also…

Posted in Dean's Column, News, Spring 2015 |

School of Nursing Advances Four Spots in U.S. News Ranking

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked No. 11 among more than 500 nursing schools in the latest U.S. News and World Report “Best Graduate Schools” edition released in March. VUSN moved up four spots to No. 11 from the last ranking four years ago. “We are very proud that we advanced four places, and it…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |

Health Coaching for Positive Change

The first cohort of Health Coaching certificate program students at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently completed their 28-week course of study, preparing them to help patients set realistic health goals and provide support in reaching those goals. “It’s hard to motivate people to change by telling them they have elevated lipids, for example….

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |

Gordon Receives Credo Award

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Jeff Gordon, Ph.D., M.Ed., professor of Educational Technology and Informatics, was recently honored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a recipient of the Credo Award, given to faculty and staff who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in serving colleagues, students, patients and their families. Gordon’s nominating letter credited his…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |

Dempsey: Importance of Patient Experience

Patients who feel included in their care have better outcomes, Christina Dempsey, MSN, MBA, chief nursing officer at Press Ganey told a standing-room-only audience recently at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dempsey’s guest lecture was sponsored by the Patricia Townsend Meador Endowed lecture series. Dempsey described the patient experience as the clinical care of the patient; the…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |

Pilon Celebrated for VUSN Community Partnership Efforts

Vanderbilt and community members recognized Bonnie Pilon, PhD, RN, who stepped down from her role as senior associate dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in December 2014. Pilon, pictured with VUMC Deputy Vice Chancellor C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD, served in the role for 15 years, including leading the…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |

Pam Jones: New VUSN Practice Leader

Pam Jones understands where health care delivery has been, where it is today, and where it is heading. As the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s incoming Senior Associate Dean of Clinical and Community Partnerships, she will further enhance interdisciplinary learning, develop future models of care that enhance health and provide teaching opportunities for VUSN students,…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |

RoundingWell Collaborates with VUSN Clinic

RoundingWell and the Clinic at Mercury Court (CMC), a community health initiative of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to reach the most medically underserved, have implemented technology at no cost to the clinic in the spirit of community health improvement and innovation. The RoundingWell platform is being used by the clinic’s interprofessional team to coordinate…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |

How to Become Part of an Animal Therapy Team

      Pet Partners, the largest nonprofit organization that registers handlers and animals to become part of a volunteer animal-assisted therapy team, believes there are many kinds of animals that can form a strong human-animal bond. The organization registers dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, domesticated rats, horses, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, pot-bellied pigs and birds….

Posted in Issue, Spring 2015 |

Photo by John Russell

A Patient’s Best Friend: The impact of animal-assisted therapy on children with cancer

A national study of young cancer patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and four other sites doesn’t focus on experimental medications or therapies, or even the doctors and nurses who administer them. The most important member of this health care team is a tiny 10-pound toy Pomeranian named Swoosh. The “medication” being studied comes in…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2015 | Tags: ,

Canines and Childhood Cancer Study Overview

WHO: The American Humane Association began the Canines and Childhood Cancer (CCC) Study to measure the well-being effects of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for children with cancer, their parents/guardians, and the therapy dogs who visit them. The hypothesis is that children, their caregivers and the dogs will all experience less stress and anxiety than those who…

Posted in Issue, Spring 2015 |

Photo by Daniel Dubois

On All Fronts: Finding ways to restore quality of life for cancer survivors with lymphedema and other conditions

Robert Carver Bone, MD, beat cancer, but there was another foe lurking behind him. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 head and neck cancer that was successfully treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, but he wasn’t the same as before. “I couldn’t open my mouth to take a bite of food, my neck was tight…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2015 | Tags: ,

Photo by John Russell

Q+A: An Interview with Leslie Hopkins

  Leslie Hopkins, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP-BC, ANP-C, director of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) specialty, shares why our nation’s aging population, referred to as a “silver tsunami,” and health care reform are coming together to make Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nursing a very smart career choice. Which patients can an Adult- Gerontology Primary…

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Class Notes – Spring 2015

40s Esther Mason, (BSN’40), recently celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends. Mason moved to Australia in 1945 and has lived there continuously except for a few years in the Middle East.  She has three children, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  She and her husband, a former pilot with the Royal Australian…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Issue, Spring 2015 |


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…

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

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 |

Commencement 2014

Posted in Fall 2014, Issue, Photo Gallery |

By The Numbers

Posted in By The Numbers, Fall 2014, Issue |

School Kicks Off Strategic Planning Process

Nearly 200 Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty members took part in a special planning retreat this summer, kicking off the School’s strategic vision process. “We are in the midst of a sea change in health care,” said VUSN Dean Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing. “This will give us…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2014, Issue, News Around the School |

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