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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 |


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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