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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

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…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Fall 2015, Issue |


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…

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


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 |


PreSpecialty Students Reach Out Via Community Health Experiences

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) students in the PreSpecialty year gain clinical experiences with many different populations in Nashville and surrounding communities. Students are immersed in community programs that offer educational opportunities and allow VUSN to make a marked difference in improving the health of residents in Middle Tennessee. Community need, faculty expertise and…

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


GAPNA Honors Two Faculty Members

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Assistant Professor Linda Beuscher, PhD, GNP-BC, has been selected to receive the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) Award for Excellence in Research, and Assistant Professor Megan Simmons, DNP, PMHNP-BC, will receive the organization’s first-ever Rising Star Award for serving as a role model to future geriatric nurse practitioners….

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Texas Alumni Event

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alums Kell Douglas BSN ’75, Angela Donahue BSN ’76, and Doug Arrington, MSN ’88, will be hosting a special evening event for VUSN alums, preceptors, students and their guests in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area on Oct. 8.  Dean Linda Norman will share updates about the exciting happenings of…

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School Awarded AANA Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was recently awarded support for a two-year, full-time, in-residence postdoctoral fellowship by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation 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,…

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Honoring of the Hands Celebrates Nurse-Midwifery Student Milestone

A cohort of VUSN nurse-midwifery students was recently recognized at an Honoring of the Hands ceremony held in the School’s Godchaux Hall Living Room.  This ceremony with students, faculty and community nurse-midwives celebrates Nurse-Midwifery Specialty students who are going into their final clinical rotation.  Nurse-midwifery faculty members and community nurse-midwives participate to show their support….

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Faculty and Students Recognized at ACNM Annual Meeting

A group of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty and students played an active role in the 60th American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in June.  The annual conference attracts more than 2,000 participants for four days of national speakers, education sessions, workshops and recognitions.  Highlights included: Student Recognitions: Ali Sevilla…

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Gilmer Selected as Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care Hero

Gilmer has received numerous awards for her research and teaching expertise and has been a leader in several international health projects.  She helped establish the core palliative care service at Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital and is director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Research team. Her newest project is advancing knowledge of pediatric oncology and animal assisted…

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Photo Gallery: Reunion 2015

Nursing school alumni joined the annual Reunion Celebration.

Posted in Photo Gallery, Spring 2015 |


School of Nursing Advances Four Spots in U.S. News Ranking

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked No. 11 among more than 500 nursing schools in the latest U.S. News and World Report “Best Graduate Schools” edition released in March. VUSN moved up four spots to No. 11 from the last ranking four years ago. “We are very proud that we advanced four places, and it…

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


Health Coaching for Positive Change

The first cohort of Health Coaching certificate program students at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently completed their 28-week course of study, preparing them to help patients set realistic health goals and provide support in reaching those goals. “It’s hard to motivate people to change by telling them they have elevated lipids, for example….

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


Gordon Receives Credo Award

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Jeff Gordon, Ph.D., M.Ed., professor of Educational Technology and Informatics, was recently honored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a recipient of the Credo Award, given to faculty and staff who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in serving colleagues, students, patients and their families. Gordon’s nominating letter credited his…

Posted in Departments, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |


Dempsey: Importance of Patient Experience

Patients who feel included in their care have better outcomes, Christina Dempsey, MSN, MBA, chief nursing officer at Press Ganey told a standing-room-only audience recently at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dempsey’s guest lecture was sponsored by the Patricia Townsend Meador Endowed lecture series. Dempsey described the patient experience as the clinical care of the patient; the…

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



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