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VUSN By the Numbers 2017

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Dean’s Message

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, Each autumn, I deliver a State-of-the-School presentation to alumni at Reunion. The presentation includes facts and figures — how many students, in which specialties, current NCLEX-RN pass rates — and so on. I discuss research growth, clinical practice and strategic goals. I also share news and achievements. In some ways,…

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When They Can’t Tell You Where It Hurts

Already suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Todd Monroe’s grandmother was dealt a second blow — breast cancer. Because she couldn’t articulate what was wrong, the cancer was advanced when she was diagnosed. Managing her pain became a top priority, but that was a challenge: she couldn’t tell the caregivers in the nursing home where she lived…

Posted in Departments, Issue, Research News, Winter 2017 |


Colleen Conway-Welch honored, named Living Legend

Colleen Conway-Welch, Dean Emerita of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), recently received two honors recognizing her international, national and regional impact on nursing and health care. The American Academy of Nursing, one of nursing’s most distinguished and prestigious professional organizations, named Conway-Welch a Living Legend, the highest honor the organization bestows. In making…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


School of Nursing website has a brand-new style

Visit the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) website (nursing.vanderbilt.edu) and experience easier navigation, more robust content, improved usability and up-to-date news, thanks to a redesigned and restructured website. The new site launched in June 2016 after more than 20 months of extensive planning, design and development. The website features: a homepage with expanded news…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


Giving Day sets records

It was like homecoming, Mardi Gras and a telethon all rolled into one on Thursday, April 21, 2016, as Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) went all out for the first-ever Vanderbilt Giving Day. Alumni, students, faculty, administration, staff and friends were determined to set a record for the number of financial gifts given to…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


New program launched for Family Nurse Practitioners in emergency and urgent care

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has developed a new post-master’s educational program for family nurse practitioners who work in either emergency care or urgent care settings and who desire to become certified as Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENP-C). The new two-semester program started in August 2016 for FNP-certified applicants in emergency care. A total of four…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


2016 Alumni Award Recipients

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) awarded three outstanding alumni and a legendary Vanderbilt professor with VUSN alumni awards as part of Reunion 2016. Britney Broyhill, MSN ’08, DNP ’13, BA ’06; Cynthia Cameron, MSN ’10; Sally Yeagley, BSN ’66, MSN ’86; and Vereen Bell, professor of English, emeritus, accepted the awards in ceremonies…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


School of Nursing earns national CCNE accreditation; changes accreditation body

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and post-master’s certificate programs for a five-year period through 2021. “The CCNE accreditation signifies that Vanderbilt provides quality nursing education and that our graduates…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


New course explores health issues and needs of LGBT community

A new class jointly offered by the Vanderbilt Schools of Nursing and Medicine seeks to inform students about the challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals face in health care in the U.S. and to give them information to better serve their LGBT patients. The 13-week course, LGBT Health in Interprofessional Practice, was developed by…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


Class Notes — Winter 2017

50s Evelyn Igarashi Blaylock, BSN ‘55, and husband, James, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December 2015. The couple met on a blind date while attending Vanderbilt. Mary Reagan Butler, BSN ‘57, is president of the South County Democratic Club of San Luis Obispo, California.   60s Mary Hicks Day, Peabody Nursing…

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Photo Gallery: Commencement 2016

Photos by Susan Urmy

Posted in Photo Gallery, Winter 2017 |


The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Awards VUSN with Post-Doc Fellowship

The American Association of Nursing Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation recently awarded the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) support for a two-year, full-time, in-residence postdoctoral fellowship for a health services research topic related to anesthetic operative phenomena. “The AANA Foundation is providing this support at an important time in health care delivery,” said Ann Minnick, PhD,…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Simulation Expert Shares Educational Strategy for Debriefing

Marjorie Miller, MS, RN, Certified Healthcare Simulation Education, nursing education consultant and lead faculty with the California Simulation Alliance, recently presented “Debriefing Dynamics: Essential Elements of Simulation Debriefing” to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) faculty and staff members. In the workshop, Miller discussed simulation as an educational strategy and emphasized the importance of debriefing, a…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Class Notes — Fall 2015

70s Carolyn Burr, BSN ‘71, lives in Newark, New Jersey, and was featured in Rutgers Today for her determination to help pregnant women infected with the HIV virus avoid sharing it with their newborns, all while dealing with her own multiple sclerosis diagnosis. She received the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS…

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Usher Named Alumni Relations Director

Betsey Usher was named Director of Alumni Relations at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  She will be responsible for developing and implementing activities to engage VUSN alumni and to link alumni with students.  She has served at several positions at the school for past eight years, first as coordinator of the school’s Centennial celebration,…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Faculty and Alumni Selected as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Professor and Faculty Scholar Susie Adams, PhD, APRN, PMHNP, FAANP, and Assistant Professor and Director of the Healthcare Leadership Program Kelly Wolgast, DNP, MSS, RN, FACHE, have been selected as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. Additionally, three VUSN alumni were selected: Cecilia Page, DNP ‘13, BSN ‘79,…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Vanderhoef to Direct Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program

Assistant Professor Dawn Vanderhoef, PhD, DNP, PMHNP/CNS-BC, has been named director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN). The program is one of the School’s largest specialties and is ranked as the No. 4 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in the country, according to the most recent…

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Nurse-Midwifery Program Lands High Honor from ACNM

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Program received a Lifetime Golden Commendation from the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)—one of only four educational programs in the country to achieve this recognition. “We are delighted that our Nurse-Midwifery program is honored in this way,” said Linda Norman, DSN, R.N., Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


VUSN Video Workshop Helps Teens Cope With Type 1 Diabetes

A group of adolescents gathered at the downtown Nashville Public Library in July for a three-day Digital Storytelling Workshop to learn how to write, edit and produce a video about managing their type 1 diabetes. The project is part of research conducted by Shelagh Mulvaney, PhD, associate professor of Nursing, and her team, into the…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |



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