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New School of Nursing Building on a sunny spring day

Where technology and wellness combine (New SON Building)

The sun-filled four-story atrium in Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s new expansion is a hub of connectivity. A professor and student sit on the bench under the monumental staircase consulting a laptop screen. Across the gray tile floor, a dozen students work on laptops, tablets and smartphones at tall tables. In the lobby’s raised landing…

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Whatever it took (New SON Building)

The School of Nursing building owes its existence to the 2008 Great Recession. Then-Dean Colleen Conway-Welch and her team knew that the school’s growth would require expanded space for teaching, faculty offices and clinical training. She knew just where to get it: add two floors on top of Patricia Champion Frist Hall, which had been…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2019 |


Vision-sharers (New SON Building)

Bringing the School of Nursing expansion from concept to reality required commitment, teamwork and vision. One group of exceptional people brought all three: our generous donors. They are friends, foundations, alumni and parents of past students — all committed to excellence, advancing knowledge and ensuring that our students are well prepared to take their places…

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’Doreway on 21st Avenue (New SON Building)

Set back from 21st Avenue South with an open circular drive, the new Vanderbilt University School of Nursing building seamlessly extends from historic Godchaux Hall to present a wide, welcoming face to the world. Gone is the parking lot that fronted Godchaux, and the magnolia trees that blocked the view of the school have been…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2019 |


Celebration to remember (New SON Building)

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing threw wide the doors to its new building Jan. 22, 2019, and welcomed donors, health care leaders and other guests for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration that included building tours and demonstrations highlighting its state-of-the-art technology.

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Strong, visionary and unforgettable

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing lost two trailblazing and visionary icons just 80 days apart in 2018 – one a longtime dean who transformed nursing education at Vanderbilt and nationally, and the other a champion of nurse practitioners and founder of the school’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

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A foundation of collaboration

Tucked away in an Olin Hall conference room on the Vanderbilt University campus, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure. Each team must time their progress.

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2019 |


The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation: Three decades of impact

On clinic day every week, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing student Brooke Hazen gets to the hospital early. Her 12-hour day starts at 6:30 a.m. with the charge nurse’s report on patients and case review with an instructor before hands-on patient care begins.

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A climate of caring

Carol Ziegler, DNP’12, MSN’06, spent her younger years discussing climate change with her environmentalist father, but it wasn’t until a trip to Kenya in 2009 that she saw the direct impact it could have on every aspect of a society.

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A DNP tailored for executive leaders

When Vanderbilt launched its Doctor of Nursing Practice program a decade ago, all DNP students followed an advanced practice track that they tailored to their specific clinical interests. Over the years, VUSN officials heard from potential applicants and students interested in a different curriculum, one focused on specifically strengthening leadership skills. VUSN had been attracting…

Posted in Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


The evolution of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner

For years, Jennifer Wilbeck, DNP, PMC’06, MSN’99, FAANP, pieced together nursing knowledge much like working a jigsaw puzzle. Each course’s curriculum interlocked with teachings from another to form a complete picture of what she wanted to learn. Ultimately, Wilbeck gained instruction from a variety of nursing specialties to learn what she felt she needed to…

Posted in Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News | Tags: ,


Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Grants Susie Adams Child Protective Services Assessment Track Training Academy VUMC — State of Tennessee 7/1/2018–6/30/2023 $147,727 Michelle Collins Use of Nitrous Oxide During Labor and Birth & Perinatal Outcomes, Development of a U.S. Repository of Nitrous Use Porter Instrument Division — Parker Hannifin Corporation 1/2014–10/2018 $44,100 Terrah Foster Akard Impact of a Palliative…

Posted in Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


The DNP Advantage

They live and work across the U.S. — some in bustling cities, others in scenic mountain settings. Their backgrounds range from surgical nursing to labor and delivery. Some of them have decades of experience and others have less. One characteristic all these nurses have in common, however, is they knew that obtaining their doctor of…

Posted in Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News | Tags: ,


Making an Impact

Starting with its founding more than 100 years ago, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has been committed to improving the health of individuals, communities and populations through education, discovery and care. Today more than ever, discovery is playing a larger role in health care. New issues call for new solutions. Standard methods may call for…

Posted in Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


Designed with health in mind

The soon-to-open Vanderbilt University School of Nursing expansion has the well-being of its occupants at the heart of its design, construction and operation. It is Vanderbilt’s — and Nashville’s — first full building constructed to rigorous WELL Building Standard requirements that consider a structure’s impact on its occupants in the areas of air, water, nourishment,…

Posted in Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


Four gifts, one purpose

The $26.3 million Vanderbilt University School of Nursing expansion, which began last spring, is nearing completion at the intersection of historic Godchaux Hall, Patricia Champion Frist Hall and the Nursing Annex. The project was aided recently by a range of supporters who together are helping raise the roof. Friends, foundations, alumni and past parents all…

Posted in Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News | Tags: ,


Covered

When 24-year-old Blossom Olmos learned she was pregnant with her first child, her primary care physician referred her to an obstetrician, but there was just one problem. The insurance provided through her employer didn’t cover maternity care and childbirth. She and her boyfriend, John Haro, were living in California, but they had just decided to…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018, Vanderbilt Nurse News | Tags: ,


Asthma and absenteeism

During the past school year, Napier Enhanced Option Elementary School in Nashville had the second largest population of elementary school-aged children with asthma in the district. The ranking is one that Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Assistant Professor Natasha McClure, MSN’11, DNP, CPNP, knows she cannot change. So she wants to do the next…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018, Vanderbilt Nurse News | Tags: ,


Frailty? Tai Chi? Constipation?

This wasn’t the kind of library they remembered from their childhood. The group of 14 older adults were enjoying a meal of seafood cannelloni, salad and cupcakes as sunshine beamed on the stacks of books just outside the room. Speaking above a whisper and asking questions was encouraged. They came to the Edmondson Pike Library…

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