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Spring 2011

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Dean’s Message

There’s never been a better time to be a nurse, in part because there is so much progress in our profession.  That’s why I want to share the new recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that are also closely aligned with the direction of your School. In 2008, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and…

Posted in Dean's Column, Spring 2011 |


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Rewriting How Nursing Students Learn

by Leslie Hill Everything in health care is constantly evolving, including how students are taught and faculty are trained.  From the virtual world of Second Life to a comprehensive new approach to interprofessional learning, we’re erasing the old chalkboard and rewriting nursing education for the 21st Century. A New World The sweatpants-clad nursing student winds…

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Spotlight on Nursing Research/Swelling in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Sheila Ridner, PhD, MSN, wants everyone to know that lymphedema (swelling) doesn’t just happen to breast cancer survivors.  So, she’s expanding her research to head and neck cancer patients. “This work is so important because lymphatic damage and the fibrosis happen from the shoulder to nasal area where our mechanisms for swallowing, nourishing and breathing…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Research News, Spring 2011 |


Alumni Profile/Michael Briley, MSN ‘94, DNP, APN, Julia Hereford Society President

When people ask me about the practice I started more than 17 years ago, I tell them it’s more than a business.  It’s a philosophy.  I believe that wellness and preventions of problems are the keys to a better, richer life.  This philosophy is fundamental to all aspects of my practice and reflects the strong…

Posted in Alumni Profile, Class Notes, Departments, Issue, Spring 2011 |


Class Notes – Spring 2011

40s Eunice Moe Brock, BSN ‘41, is honorary president of the Liaocheng International Peace Hospital in China.  She is writing a book “Search for a World View” that will harmonize the scientific concepts of the physical and spiritual realms, and hopes to have it translated into Chinese in 2011. Bess Winchester Isaacs, BSN ‘47B, lives…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Issue, Spring 2011 |


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Q and A

by Kathy Rivers Tonia Moore-Davis, MSN, CNM, manages the VUSN nurse-midwifery practice at two sites in Nashville with a daily staff of 10 serving clients across a wide cultural, educational and socio-economic spectrum. The faculty practice serves as an incubator for nurse-midwifery students, consistently wins national awards, and delivered more than 1,000 babies last year….

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Major Access Provisions

According to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, under the provisions of the Accountable Care Act some 32 million more Americans will acquire health coverage by 2019. • Minimum Medicaid eligibility will expand to 133 percent of the poverty level, increasing the rolls by an estimated 19 million people (current Medicaid enrollment is 47 million). •…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2011 |


Major Cost and Quality Provisions

The law seeks innovation in care delivery. • CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) will establish an innovation center to test new models of payment and care delivery. The law leaves the agency free to adopt any solutions found to lower costs and preserve or improve health care quality. • Medicare is freed to…

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Health Care Reform

by Paul Govern Health care reform aims to transform U.S. health care delivery into a more preventive, coordinated posture. While the law is still hotly contested throughout the country, most agree that whatever happens, it will usher in a new era of opportunity for nurses. Under the provisions of the law, experts believe there will…

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VUSN Technology

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing embraces technology to enhance the learning experience for today’s students and tomorrow’s practitioners and researchers. Blackboard – A course management system for all students at Vanderbilt University.  Blackboard is where students log in to classes, submit assignments, learn about class announcements, take tests and even enter into live discussions.  On…

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VUMC Subject of New TV Series

Once again Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been chosen as the subject of a new health care reality TV series scheduled to make its broadcast debut on a cable network this spring. The series, titled Baby’s First Day, was produced by New York-based True Entertainment.  It is a brand new effort for a daytime programming…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2011 |


Got Blood?

Students and visitors at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing have gotten used to seeing an American Red Cross Bloodmobile in the Godchaux Hall parking lot a few times this year.  During the fall and spring semesters, nearly 80 faculty, staff, and community members donated much-needed blood for the Tennessee Valley Region of the American Red…

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A Fresh Way to Prepare ACNPs

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is expanding its training of Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) to include a new subspecialty of intensivists.  Joan King, PhD, RN, program director for the ACNP program, has been awarded a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Health Research Services Administration to work collaboratively with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2011 |


Dissertation Defense from a Distance

For the first time since Vanderbilt University established a Graduate School, a PhD candidate held a public dissertation defense from a distance and in real time. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Lt. Col. Linda Fisher, an active duty member of the Army Nurse Corps, was at her post in Washington State using desktop video conferencing…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2011 |


VUSN Ranked no. 15 Among Nation’s Top Schools

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing ranks among the nation’s top 15 “Best Graduate Schools” according to U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2012 rankings released in April. VUSN rose four spots to 15, up from the 19th position when graduate nursing programs were last ranked during 2007. Among Nursing Specialties disciplines, the School…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2011 |


Schorn named assistant dean for Academics

Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, has been named assistant dean for Academics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She will also continue to serve as program director for VUSN’s Nurse-Midwifery Program, one of the School’s largest specialty tracks that was recently ranked No. 3 in U.S. News and World Report. In this newly created role, Schorn…

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Substance Abuse

Non-punitive support key to tackling issue among nurses An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of nurses and nursing students may have substance abuse and addiction problems.  The key to tackling this difficult issue – and protecting public safety – is support and treatment rather than punishment, according to a recent paper in Journal of…

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