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Posted in By The Numbers, Fall 2018 |


Photo Gallery: Fall 2018

  Two groups of Vanderbilt nursing students and faculty spent spring break in Latin America. One — a cohort from the Enhancing Community and Population Health course led by instructor Shelza Rivas,DNP, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, and assistant professor Natasha McClure, DNP, CPNP —traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to assess Primeros Pasos, a rural community clinic for which…

Posted in Fall 2018, News, Photo Gallery |


Put it in writing and make your wishes known

Many nurses have been there. They’ve provided information and support while distraught family members tried to decide what their loved ones would want in terms of end-of-life care when they couldn’t decide for themselves. Some have been part of an intense, fast-moving team working to save a terminally ill patient’s life after she coded. Others…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


Welcome New Faculty

Leanne M. Boehm, PhD’16, MSN’09, ACNS-BC Assistant Professor Boehm focuses on strategies to improve outcomes for the critically ill. She has worked extensively on reducing ICU delirium using an interprofessional evidence-based ABCDEF bundle. Her research interests include interventions to improve interprofessional protocol implementation, adherence and fidelity; ICU peer support and diary programs; and reducing post-intensive…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Features, Issue |


Gilmer’s research about dogs helping children with cancer goes global, thanks to CNN

  A CNN video featuring Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Professor Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, FAAN, and her research on the effectiveness of animal-assisted interactions for children with cancer has had worldwide reach. The story showcased Swoosh, a therapy dog at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and two boys he helped through cancer…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


Vanderbilt graduates its largest class of DNP students

  May’s Commencement marked a milestone for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing when it awarded 73 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees, the greatest number since the program began in 2008. The school also awarded the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to 326 graduates during the investiture ceremonies on Branscomb Quadrangle. An…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


Vanderbilt awards endowed chairs to two nursing professors

Two Vanderbilt University School of Nursing professors have been named to endowed chairs, the highest honor Vanderbilt University awards its faculty. Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM, received the Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Edu-cation. Kleinpell, an internationally recognized researcher and educator, serves as VUSN’s assistant dean for clinical scholarship. She directs the school’s Scholarly…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


VUSN rises in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 graduate school rankings

  Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has again been named one of the nation’s “Best Graduate Schools” in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. The school’s Master of Nursing Science program moved up to No. 14 from No. 15 and its Doctor of Nursing Practice program continued as the No. 11-ranked DNP in…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News, News Around the School |


School of Nursing announces official diversity and inclusion position statement

The School of Nursing adopted a new diversity and inclusion statement that specifies its dedication to the equity, diversity and inclusion of all students, faculty and staff and proclaims its responsibilities as an educational institution to foster and graduate highly educated and culturally sensitive health care professionals. The statement was developed by a diversity and…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


Class Notes — Fall 2018

60s Donna Townsend Maddox, BSN’61, is president of Marketing and Business Consultants Inc. in Sarasota, Florida. 70s Evelyn Manoogian Biles, ‘73, is founder and president of Global Mosaic International, a nonprofit Christian organization in Yorktown, Virginia. Diane Cody Roberts, BSN’73, is a school nurse in the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Ann…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Fall 2018, Issue |


Photo Gallery: Outreach Far and Wide

Middle Tennesseans’ needs go well beyond the four addressed in this issue of Vanderbilt Nurse — so the School of Nursing’s care stretches far and wide as well. Here’s a sample of other VUSN projects.  Health care for the homeless: PreSpecialty students like LaToya Hopkins, MSN’16, conduct health assessments and help homeless individuals create portable…

Posted in Photo Gallery, Spring 2018 |


Class Notes — Spring 2018

50s Ruth Bishop Limehouse, BSN’56, celebrated her 90th birthday in her hometown of Harleyville, South Carolina, in May 2017.   60s Susan Applegarth Murphy, BSN’69, is a keynote speaker, author and business consultant living in Rancho Mirage, California.   70s Adrienne Ames, MSN’75, received the Elizabeth Jacobs Service Award from the Council on Aging in…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Spring 2018 |


VUSN receives nearly $1 million grant to add mental and behavioral health providers to community clinic

The Clinic at Mercury Courts has added psychiatric-mental health care to its primary care clinical services, thanks to a $999,101 grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration (HRSA) to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. The two-year grant allows the nurse-managed clinic to add a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, social worker and psychiatrist to…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2018 |


Excitement builds during construction progress

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony June 20, 2017, that marked the start of construction on the nursing school’s new $26.3 million expansion. Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente, Board of Trust Trustee…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2018 |


Faculty and alumni selected as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

Associate Professor and alumna Terrah Foster Akard, PhD, CPNP, Assistant Professor and alumna Catherine Ivory, PhD, RN-BC, and alumna Melissa Willmarth Stec, DNP, CNM, were inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of their accomplishments and leadership in the profession of nursing. Akard teaches in VUSN’s doctoral program and is the…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2018 |


Incoming class includes the school’s first Executive Leadership DNP students

The School of Nursing welcomed nearly 500 new Master of Nursing Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD students in the class entering in fall 2017. The new class included the school’s first cohort of eight executive leadership track DNP students. The incoming MSN class included 187 students who hold Bachelor of Science in…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2018 |


Professor inducted into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Sheila H. Ridner, PhD’03, MSN’00,  FAAN, the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, joined an exclusive group of acclaimed researchers in July when she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2018 |


Growth Plans

New senior associate dean seeks to increase research from the inside and out Despite saying that she’s not completely settled in, there are no unpacked boxes cluttering Mariann R. Piano’s new office on the fourth floor of Godchaux Hall. Her desk displays photos of her husband and two sons. Framed prints of iconic South Shore…

Posted in Departments, Issue, Research News, Spring 2018 |


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