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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 Veterans Administration Quality Scholars Program nurtures fellows

The Veterans Administration Quality Scholars (VAQS) program is a two-year fellowship for physicians and pre/post-doctoral nurses.  This national program is designed as a ‘hub and spokes’ model with the Program Center (hub) at Dartmouth Medical School and spokes at eight VA sites across the country.  Each VA site is partnered with a school of medicine…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |

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 |

Buerhaus Named to IOM Committee

Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee for Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education. The Committee is co-chaired by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Donald Berwick, MD,…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |

Six Vanderbilt Students Selected as Frist Global Health Leaders

Three students in the School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing program and three rising fourth-year School of Medicine students have been selected as 2012 Frist Global Health Leaders. The program was established by Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based non-profit organization founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, adjunct professor of…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |

Community Health Students Help With Kindergarten Readiness

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing students, working in partnership with the Martha O’Bryan Center, United Neighborhood Health Services (UNHS) and Kirkpatrick Elementary School, developed a pilot project to increase awareness and improve access for children in the Cayce Place community who need to register for kindergarten. The Kindergarten Kick-Off Health Fair, held this summer, was…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |

Save the Date

We will celebrate the IOTA Chapter’s 60th anniversary in 2013. This is a very exciting time in the history of our chapter and we are planning on celebrating this significant historical event with our members. In honor of our 60th anniversary, we will be hosting the National President of Sigma Theta Tau, Suzanne Prevost, PhD,…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |

Case Wins State Award for Excellence

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Instructor and clinician Jane Case, DNP, FNP-BC, recently received the 2012 Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at the 27th National Conference in Orlando, Fla. Only one nurse practitioner from each state was chosen for this competitive award. “Jane embodies all the qualities we…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |

New Program Directors

Michelle Collins, PhD, CNM, has been named program director for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery program.  Collins is an associate professor of Nursing who has been teaching in the VUSN Nurse-Midwifery program for seven years. Before joining Vanderbilt, she worked as a nurse, charge nurse and educator for 15 years in hospital and…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |

VUSN Student Heads to China on Boren Fellowship

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing student Erin Dittmer has been awarded a David L. Boren Fellowship to study in China during the 2012-2013 academic year. Sponsored by the National Security Education Program, the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are a federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |

VUSN Helps Open New Clinic

The clinic team on opening day, from L to R: Terri Crutcher, Christian Ketel, Bonnie Pilon, Aaron Scott, Bryn Evans and Kimberly Word. Photo by Joe Howell. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Urban Housing Solutions have partnered to open a new clinic in one of the most underserved communities in Nashville.  The Clinic at…

Posted in Fall 2012, Issue, News, News Around the School |

Dean’s Message

Welcome to this issue of Vanderbilt Nurse magazine. People often ask me how we educate students in this changing world of health care, especially in light of our nation’s health care reform efforts.   The fact is that health care is always changing.  It’s one of the many things that make it such a challenging…

Posted in Dean's Column, Fall 2012, Issue |

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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 |


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…

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ACNP Fellowship: The Next Step

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has developed a pilot Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Intensivist Fellowship program unlike any other in the country.  The program is jointly run through the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Department of Anesthesiology – Division of Critical Care Medicine. “Much like physicians prepare for their subspecialty with a fellowship,…

Posted in Issue, Spring 2012 |


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…

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Class Notes – Spring 2012

40s Bettie Ann White Cleino, BSN ‘44, MSN, PhD, was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame on Oct. 13, 2011. She believes her nursing career was set in motion by the advanced education she received at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  In her acceptance speech, Cleino quoted Lulu K. Hassenplug by saying, “We…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Issue, Spring 2012 |

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