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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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |



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