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Ivory at United Nations

As Board President, VUSN Assistant Professor Cathy Ivory represented the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) at the Every Woman Every Child High-Level event last month as part of the United Nations General Assembly. The Every Woman Every Child initiative was launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, with the…

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VUSN Receives ACHE Recognition

The VUSN MSN in Healthcare Leadership specialty and the DNP (Systems focus) program have been officially recognized and listed in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network. ACHE is committed to supporting healthcare management programs, which nurture and teach the future leaders of our profession. To assist the work as mentors of…

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VUSN Reaches out to High School Students

Glencliff High School Public School students recently learned first-hand about health care roles thanks to a collaboration between the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Oasis Center’s Youth Engagement and Action Program. “Students often say they want to be a doctor, which is great, but we’ve found they don’t know much about other health…

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VUSN Named National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has been awarded membership in the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) in recognition of the highest level of commitment to the field of gerontological nursing. “This is a tremendous honor for our school and a reflection of our dedicated research, education and practice faculty,” said Linda Norman,…

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VUSN Student Molly LaLonde Wins on Jeopardy!

Everyone has something that they dream of doing. For some people it’s travel; for others, something adventurous like skydiving or owning a fancy car. My dream for as long as I can remember has been to be a contestant on Jeopardy!. Given my long history as a trivia fan, a lover of factoids and, let’s…

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D’Apolito Lands Grant to Study Drug Dependent Infants

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Karen D’Apolito, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN was recently awarded a grant to examine the growing problem of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) — infants who are drug dependent at birth. Funded by the Tennessee State Department of Health, D’Apolito will develop and implement a comprehensive survey to gather specific care practices…

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Bethany Rhoten has been named a V-POCKET Scholar.

Bethany Rhoten, PhD, RN, VUSN Postdoctoral Fellow, has been named a V-POCKET Scholar. As such, she will develop a patient-centered outcomes study to address gaps in current knowledge about communication between surgeons and patients with recurrent head and neck cancer. The study will also identify factors that influence patient choice of treatment, desired outcome and…

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Congratulations to VUSN’s Michelle Collins, PhD, CNM, who was recently inducted as a fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwifery.

MIDWIVES INDUCTED AS FELLOWS OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NURSE-MIDWIVES ACNM Members Honored with Prestigious Distinction Silver Spring, MD – The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) honored 13 midwives who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and contributions to the midwifery community throughout their careers. A limited number of midwives are selected for this highly coveted…

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Congratulations to VUSN’s Paddy Peerman, who received the Sandy J. Cody Service Award from the Graduate Nurses Admissions Professionals to the Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals in honor of her continued leadership and service.

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VUSN Faculty and Students presented about how to attract and retain men in nursing at the recent Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals’ annual meeting this spring.

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Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation, co-authored by VUSN PhD Student Alvin Jeffrey

In the Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing PhD student Alvin D. Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC, and Robin L. Jarvis, MS, SPHR, presents a pragmatic, realistic approach to clinical orientation to meet the needs of the nurses, organization and patients.  Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta…

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Love Inducted as Fellow in the National Academies of Practice

Rene A. Love, DNP, PMHCNS/NP-BC, Assistant Professor and Director of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Family) Program, was recently inducted as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the Nursing Academy of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Love was selected for Fellowship based on her extensive clinical practice and…

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UCLA’s Lyder Helps Celebrate MLK Day

In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King’s dedication to service, Vanderbilt University Medical Center honored King’s legacy through student community service, a lecture by UCLA Dean Courtney Lyder, and presentation of the annual Martin Luther King award. Lyder, ND, ScD, noted researcher, policymaker, educator and pioneer, captivated faculty, students and staff by honoring nursing icons…

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Faculty Book Signing

The School Life Committee recently hosted a book signing event with VUSN faculty-authors as a way to showcase faculty scholarship.  Nearly 100 students came by to have their books or bookplates signed by one or all of the VUSN faculty who authored books, edited books or contributed chapters to textbooks.  Authors included: Michelle Collins, PhD,…

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Study Looks at the Role of Therapy Dogs

It’s not uncommon for a child with newly diagnosed cancer to become depressed, lonely and have strained family relationships, but a new Vanderbilt study is investigating whether therapy dogs could have a positive effect on children undergoing chemotherapy. This first-of-its-kind grant, coordinated by the American Humane Association and funded by animal health company, Zoetis, was…

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NLGH Conference is a Big Success

More than 220 people from 14 countries and 30 states came to Nashville in February for the Nursing Leadership in Global Health (NLGH) Conference.  Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan kicked off the event where presenters and attendees addressed the overall goal of improving patient care by elevating the voice of nursing, delved deep…

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Weiner Elected to IOM

VUSN’s Betsy Weiner, PhD, RN, senior associate dean for Informatics, was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) last fall.  With more than 1,900 members, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academies, serving as an adviser to the nation to improve health and promote health-related research. Weiner, Centennial Independence Foundation Professor of…

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VUMC Lands Moore Foundation Grant

Vanderbilt University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies was awarded $2.2 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to address nursing workforce issues that may impede future health care. Certain regions in the U.S., particularly rural areas, continue to report a shortage of nurses, especially in specialties such as operating room and labor and…

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School Reaches Out to Male Students

The VUSN Admissions Office reports male recruitment is on the upswing.  During the past four years, the percentage of male students has consistently risen.  In the current academic year, 11.3 percent of the students are male.  Perhaps one reason for this is the growth of the School’s thriving American Assembly for Men in Nursing: Middle…

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Adams Named School’s First Faculty Scholar

Susie Adams, PhD, RN, has been named to the newly created position of Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. The Faculty Scholar position will partner with existing and/or new agencies affiliated with VUSN to evaluate evidence-based health practices, analyze program outcomes and disseminate findings. “Susie is the…

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