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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…

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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.

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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…

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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:…

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Healing Through Literature

by Leslie Hill Christine Shih cared for a range of patients – adolescents in a student health center, premature babies, elderly eye patients and adults with leukemia – then turned her attention to a different set: the Elizabeth Darcys and Fanny Prices populating the Regency-period English countryside in classic novels by Jane Austen. The Setting…

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Christine Shih’s Reading List

For a true picture of the Borderline personality Lady Susan Jane Austen Mansfield Park Jane Austen Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte The Custom of the Country Edith Wharton Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Jane of Lantern Hill L.M. Montgomery The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Till We Have Faces C.S. Lewis Look Homeward,…

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Above and Beyond

Doctorally-Prepared Nurses Making an Impact Anyone in the world of nursing knows it is a continuously evolving profession.  As patient needs become more complex and health care reform overhauls take shape, who in the profession will lead the way?  Many believe the answer is:  doctorally-prepared nurses. The problem is that fewer than 1 percent of…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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Dean’s Message

    The School of Nursing’s fall semester is well under way, and it is always an exciting time for our faculty and staff to welcome a large group of very talented students to the school – close to 1,000! We are pleased to announce the School of Nursing is now the largest professional school…

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Photo Gallery: Reunion

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

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Gallery – Graduation

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