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There’s no shortage of need regarding health care in America today. Whether it’s finding a provider, having health insurance, preventing premature birth or helping someone with hypertension manage their disease, health issues are extensive and in the news. From its founding more than 100 years ago, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has had a…

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Providers in demand

Matthew Hardy, PhD, regional vice president of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral health care organizations, recently hired six psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) to serve the rapidly expanding need for mental health and addiction services in the northern area of Middle Tennessee that he oversees. He said he could have hired six more…

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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…

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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…

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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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Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Grants 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 1/14–10/18 $44,100 Michelle Collins Use of Nitrous Oxide During Labor and Birth & Perinatal Outcomes, Development of a U.S. Repository of Nitrous Use American College…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018 |


Welcome New Faculty

Jennifer David, DNP’17, MSN’14, CPNP, Instructor David is a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner who teaches in the PreSpecialty section of the MSN program. She has taught at the University of North Georgia, Berry College and Georgia State University and works in the anesthesia department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. David also has a background…

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Selected Works 2016

Journals Adams S. Collaborating in an evolving health care system: Opportunities for redesigning health care delivery. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Jan 2016:22(1):62-69. Stone A, LaMotta CP, Baudino MN, Akard TF, Gilmer MJ. Circumstances surrounding deaths from the perspective of bereaved Honduran families. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. Feb 2016:22(2):82-89. Tucker PW, Evans…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018 |


Making an Impact

At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, we educate lifelong learners with the knowledge and skills needed in rapidly changing environments. We establish and improve innovative scholarly advanced practice models that define and respond to health care trends and needs. We develop and innovate informatics solutions that advance health care. We improve the health of individuals,…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018 |


The Vanderbilt Model

Metro Nashville Public Schools, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Mercury Courts housing all have one thing in common. Each is home to a Vanderbilt clinic that is managed by faculty nurse practitioners and offers health care to diverse populations. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) provides faculty for the clinics and operates them in partnership with…

Posted in Features, Issue, Summer 2017 | Tags: ,


What I Did Before

Miss Mississippi, a seismologist, a paramedic, a football player and a Peace Corps worker walk into a nursing school. No, no joke. Those are the backgrounds of some current Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) students. Use the links below to discover what drew them to VUSN. Tristan Strong Helen Qian Rita Peters Jennifer Neczypor…

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Compassion and Criminal Justice

When Joyce Laben, JD, MSN, BC, FAAN, came to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as an associate professor of Psychiatric Nursing in 1970, she didn’t see herself as a reformer. But encountering horrific treatment of inmates with mental health challenges in Tennessee prisons during her clinical practice transformed her into someone who was going to…

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Vanderbilt School of Nursing to break ground for new building expansion

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) will soon break ground on a new 29,947-square-foot addition connecting to its existing buildings on the Vanderbilt campus. Construction is expected to begin in late spring and be completed in August 2018. “This expansion will strengthen the School of Nursing’s position as one of the nation’s elite nursing…

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Rural need inspired Tennessee’s first nurse-managed clinic

It was only going to be for a few years. Carolyn Whitaker, BSN ‘62, MSN ‘72, agreed to serve as the primary health provider in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, for a few years, and then she would return home to Nashville to work. That was the condition she agreed to when she accepted an Appalachian…

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Nitrous Oxide Makes a Comeback

By Jessica Pasley In 2014 Nicole Dutcher delivered her first child using natural childbirth. She was passionate about trying it again with her second pregnancy. But one thing stood in the way — her memory. “The reality of the intensity of natural childbirth with no pain relief really stuck with me,” Dutcher said. “I had…

Posted in Features, Issue, Winter 2017 | Tags: ,


Using the Internet for Good

By Matt Batcheldor Even before she began working directly with children with life-threatening conditions, Terrah Foster Akard, MSN ‘01, PhD ‘08, was moved by their stories. In one, a 7-year-old boy stuffed pictures and notes into egg-shaped hosiery containers and hid them around his house like Easter eggs. His family found them after he died….

Posted in Features, Issue, Winter 2017 | Tags: ,


Hospice and Heart

By Tom Wilemon Frequently busy with meetings, planning sessions and administrative responsibilities, Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal welcomes the chance to slip out of her office and spend time with residents and staff in Alive’s residence near downtown Nashville. On this particular rainy morning, she sits by resident Knox Ownby’s bed and listens…

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Top 10 Misconceptions About Nitrous Oxide in Labor

Nitrous oxide makes you laugh (hence the nickname “laughing gas”). Because nitrous oxide decreases anxiety, it puts women more at ease and they may be more talkative and relaxed — but don’t count on side-splitting laughter. Nitrous oxide is offered at many hospitals and birth centers. Not true; nitrous oxide use has dramatically increased since…

Posted in Features, Issue, Winter 2017 |


Making an Impact

At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), we are committed to the generation and dissemination of knowledge; to using science and evidence in advancing nursing science, improving the health of individuals, families and communities, and finding solutions for effective health care delivery; to making an impact on education, nursing and health care across the U.S….

Posted in Features, Issue, Winter 2017 |


Welcome New Faculty

Laurie Connors, DNP, APNG, FNP-BC, AGN-BC, Assistant Professor Dr. Connors has nearly 20 years’ experience in oncology and genetics as a family nurse practitioner. She has practiced in private practice and in medical and surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. In addition to her certification as an FNP, she is…

Posted in Features, Issue, Making an Impact, Winter 2017 |



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