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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 |


VUSN By the Numbers

Posted in By The Numbers, Departments, Issue, Spring 2018 |


VUSN By the Numbers 2017

Posted in By The Numbers, Summer 2017 |


Photo Gallery: Reunion 2017

Photos by Dina Bahan and Sara Putnam

Posted in News, Photo Gallery, Summer 2017 |


VUSN welcomes the future U.S. Surgeon General

Editor’s Note: Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams was named acting U.S. Surgeon General on April 21, making her the first U.S. Surgeon General who is not a physician. She had been deputy U.S. Surgeon General. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, the then U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, visited Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) in January to speak…

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


U.S. News & World Report rankings again put VUSN among nation’s best

  The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has once again been named to the Best Graduate Schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The School of Nursing’s DNP program was ranked No. 11 in just the second year of ranking by U.S. News. Its MSN program is ranked No. 15…

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


New members join VUSN Alumni Board

Fourteen Vanderbilt University School of Nursing alumni have joined the school’s alumni board, President Tiffany Street, MSN ‘03, and Vice President Ty Williams, MSN ‘03, DNP ‘12, announced. The members represent a variety of specialties, degrees, regions and eras. They are: Brooklyn Beaupre, MSN ‘14 (Adult-Gerontology Acute Care), Johnson City, Tennessee; Margaret McKinney Buxton, MSN…

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


Dig out those photos and memories

Alumni from 1960s-80s, were you part of the Appalachian Student Health Coalition as a student or nursing graduate? Vanderbilt is working with University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to gather materials and information for the Appalachian Student Health Coalition archive (studenthealthcoalition.web.unc.edu). If you have photos, stories, items or want more information, contact Collecting and Outreach…

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


VUSN professor receives American Cancer Society award to study self-care for cancer survivors

Assistant Professor Jie Deng, Ph.D. ‘10, R.N., OCN, FAAN, has been awarded a $789,000 research scholar grant by the American Cancer Society to develop and test a self-care program for head and neck cancer survivors diagnosed with secondary lymphedema and fibrosis (LEF). LEF causes swelling and the development of hard tissue in the head and…

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


Fresh Vision for Julia Hereford Society

Members of the Julia Hereford Society (JHS) attended a special celebration recognizing their support of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in April. The event was hosted by Dean Linda Norman and organized as a way to honor and thank JHS members for giving to VUSN. JHS is the School of Nursing’s donor society, dedicated…

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


Class Notes — Summer 2017

60s Ellen Durham Davis, BSN ‘63, is a consulting associate at Duke University School of Nursing. Cindy Stone Monroe, BSN ‘66, and her husband, Jim, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2016.   70s Marie Annette Brown, BSN ‘70, was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 2016. Beth Colvin…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Issue, Summer 2017 |


VUSN By the Numbers 2017

Posted in By The Numbers, News, Winter 2017 |


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,…

Posted in Dean's Column, Dean's Letter, Departments, Issue, Winter 2017 |



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