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Love Takes Helm of Psychiatric Mental Health Program

Rene Love has been named program director for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN).  She succeeds Susie Adams, who was recently named Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at VUSN. Love has taught at VUSN for 15 years, including courses in the MSN and…

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


Spotlight on Nursing Research//Socially Assistive Robots and Senior Care

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Lorraine Mion believes nursing resources are going to be stretched to their limits with a growing senior population.  To help shore up these anticipated gaps, she thinks robots can play a role in complementing or supplementing some senior care needs.  Collaborating with some of the best minds from the realms…

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Fast Forward: Dean Linda Norman

When she was just 9 years old, Linda Norman knew that she wanted to become a nurse and a teacher. She just didn’t know how far she would go. Parents Harold and Becky Boggs told Linda at a young age that she was adopted. They wanted her to know how wanted she was. As an…

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Murley named Assistant Dean for Educational Informatics

Jerry Murley, MEd, was named assistant dean for Educational Informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. In his new role, he is responsible for operationalizing new educational informatics ideas, serving as the School’s representative to technology support groups at Vanderbilt and helping solve educational challenges through technology. “Much of the School’s technological advancements and success…

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New Study: Communication Among Providers

Primary care physicians and nurse practitioners significantly disagree on some proposed changes to the scope of nurse practitioners’ responsibilities, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study released this summer. The study, led by investigators from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital…

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Travis Estate Donates Significant Gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The estate of Hilliard and Nancy Travis has provided a generous gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specifically supporting student scholarships for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and ongoing research at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, both areas designated by the Travises themselves. “Mr. and Mrs. Travis have left an indelible…

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New Program Directors

Registered Nurse – PreSpecialty Director Sarah Fogel, PhD, MSN, RN, has been named Registered Nurse – PreSpecialty Director. Fogel, professor of Nursing, has been actively engaged in the program as faculty member and succeeds Carolyn Bess, DSN, MSN, RN, associate professor of Nursing, who helped develop the program and recently retired from the position. Fogel…

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School Gets Loan Forgiveness Grant

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a $427,499 award from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grants for 2013-14. This is the 10th consecutive year that VUSN has received the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grants are designed to help ease a…

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DNP Program Earns Accreditation

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been awarded initial accreditation from the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for five years, through Spring 2018. This comes after a yearlong self-study and site visit process. “This is tremendous news for the school, our faculty and most importantly, our students,”…

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Schorn Named Senior Associate Dean for Academics

Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, has been named senior associate dean for Academics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has served as assistant dean for Academics for the past three years while maintaining an active clinical practice at West End Women’s Health Center. “Mavis is the ideal person for this position. She is a gifted…

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Spotlight on Nursing Research//Rapid Response Team Sustainability

Incoming Veterans Administration Quality Scholar Deonni Stolldorf, PhD, MSN, RN, is passionate about innovation in health care. She’s been interested in medicine since she was a child growing up in South Africa. She was a high achiever with good grades who applied to medical school at a time when very few women were admitted, and,…

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March of Dimes Celebrates Nurses

Each year, The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the March of Dimes recognizes nurses who demonstrate excellence in various aspect of the nursing profession.  At the recent awards ceremony, seven nurses from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing were honored: VUSN PhD student Bethany Andrews-Rhoten…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |


Dean Search Underway

A search committee has been named to make recommendations to Chancellor Nick Zeppos and Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, for a new Dean of Nursing at Vanderbilt University. “This individual will be responsible for building upon the school’s rich heritage of more than100 years…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |


PhD in Nursing Science Program Starts New Approach for Reaching Prospective Applicants

For the first time, a VUSN academic program hosted webinars as a recruitment strategy. Two PhD Program Information webinars were held in fall 2012 reaching more than 95 potential applicants. Melanie Lutenbacher, PhD, associate professor of Nursing and chair of the PhD Admissions Subcommittee, facilitated the Webinars along with fourth-year PhD student Lee Ann Jarrett,…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |


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

The road to further nursing research and higher education for Jie Deng started with the 2003 SARS outbreak in China.  At the time, Deng was the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing. “Our nurses were incredible – the sacrifices they made for their patients. We had very limited knowledge…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, Research News, Spring 2013 |


Etherington Earns MLK Jr. Award

As part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities throughout the Vanderbilt campus this year, Carol Etherington MSN, RN, associate director of Community Health Initiatives and associate professor of Nursing, left, pictured with Jana Lauderdale, PhD, RN, assistant dean of Diversity for VUSN, received the annual Martin Luther King Jr. award.  The award is given…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |


Martin Earns Vanderbilt Global Health Certificate

The School of Nursing held its December 2012 Pinning Ceremony at Benton Chapel to celebrate the completion of specialty coursework for more than 20 students. During the ceremony, Mary Martin earned her pin from the Nurse-Midwifery specialty and became the first VUSN student to earn the Vanderbilt Global Health certification.

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |


The Clinic at Mercury Courts Gets HRSA Grant

More than 1,200 underserved and disadvantaged people in Nashville will gain access to high-quality primary care thanks to a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Nursing grant recently awarded to The Clinic at Mercury Courts.  The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing primary care clinic, operating in conjunction with Urban Housing Solutions, was opened…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |


VUSN Supports Call the Midwife

The School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Service and Nurse-Midwifery Academic Program came together to locally sponsor Seasons 1 and 2 of the PBS show Call the Midwife. The series is based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, who shares the world of midwifery and family life in East London in the 1950s.  The characters…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |


Bredesen Shares Insights

More than 200 students, faculty and community members gathered to hear former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen discuss his thoughts on meaningful health care reform, as part of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Centennial Lecture Series.  His take-away message: Members of the health care community, not just elected officials, have responsibility to help solve the…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2013 |



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