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Making an Impact

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is a collective of nurse scholars and educators who are constantly moving forward on behalf of our students and the profession of nursing through teaching, research, practice and informatics.  The following links include a sampling of some of these accomplishments from 2014. Currently Funded Grants and Contracts Welcome New Faculty Selected…

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Selected Works

Journals Abanes JJ, Adams S. Using a web-based patient-provider messaging system to enhance patient satisfaction among active duty sailors and marines seen in the psychiatric outpatient clinic: A pilot study. Nursing Clinics of North America. Jan 2014;49(1),91-103. Akard TF, Gilmer, MJ. Invisible communities of dying children and their loved ones. Palliative and Supportive Care. Oct…

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Welcome New Faculty

Research   Deonni Stolldorf, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Stolldorf is dedicated to determining if innovations in health care are sustainable to enhance organizational performance related to patient safety and the quality and effectiveness of care. She came to VUSN in 2013 as a Veterans Administration Quality Scholar Post-Doctoral Fellow. Her PhD dissertation…

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Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Grants Jie Deng Establishing Lymphedema and Fibrosis Measures in Oral Cancer Patients National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 3/1/2015 – 2/28/2019 $2,408,422   Todd Monroe Age-Related Differences in Psychophysical and Neurobiological Response to Pain National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging 04/1/2014 – 3/31/2016 $431,750   Shelagh Mulvaney…

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The Frailty Factor

Little did Marilyn Kronsbein realize that her annual outdoor Christmas light decorating project in 2013 would land her in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma Department. A series of surgeries, plus months of follow-up and rehabilitation, have kept her from returning home for nearly two years. Long-admired by her family for her self-sufficiency and strength…

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Experts of Normal

After co-authoring a landmark study demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of birth center care, Cara Osborne, SD, CNM, took the data published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health (JMWH) in 2013 one step further. She put the findings right into practice. With the help of a financial backer, Osborne opened a birth center…

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A Patient’s Best Friend: The impact of animal-assisted therapy on children with cancer

A national study of young cancer patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and four other sites doesn’t focus on experimental medications or therapies, or even the doctors and nurses who administer them. The most important member of this health care team is a tiny 10-pound toy Pomeranian named Swoosh. The “medication” being studied comes in…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2015 | Tags: ,


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On All Fronts: Finding ways to restore quality of life for cancer survivors with lymphedema and other conditions

Robert Carver Bone, MD, beat cancer, but there was another foe lurking behind him. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 head and neck cancer that was successfully treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, but he wasn’t the same as before. “I couldn’t open my mouth to take a bite of food, my neck was tight…

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Q+A: An Interview with Leslie Hopkins

  Leslie Hopkins, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP-BC, ANP-C, director of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) specialty, shares why our nation’s aging population, referred to as a “silver tsunami,” and health care reform are coming together to make Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nursing a very smart career choice. Which patients can an Adult- Gerontology Primary…

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Onward & Upward: VUSN’s continued momentum in the areas of currently funded grants, new faculty and selected works of research.

There is a sense of excitement permeating throughout the School.  Leadership, faculty, students and staff are building momentum and advancing the School’s mission in new and profound ways.  We welcomed new faculty who will further infuse our community of clinicians and scholars.  We celebrated the many professional accomplishments of our faculty, several of whom serve nursing…

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Selected Works

Journal Publications Choi S, Adams S, MacMaster SA, Seiters J. Predictors of residential treatment retention among individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. June 2013;45(2)122-131. Rasch R, Davidson D, Seiters J, MacMaster S, Adams S, Darby K, Cooper RL. Integrated recovery management model for ex-offenders with co-occurring mental health…

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Scholarly Works Soar: Nursing Practice Reaches New Heights

Curiosity, critical thinking and continuous learning are requirements for successful nursing students and faculty alike. The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently launched its Scholarly Practice Program, which empowers non-tenure track faculty to seek answers for their clinical practice. “Our faculty are extremely talented professionals, each focused on their individual areas of interest. This program…

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Faculty Appointments

National Nursing Organizations Leadership Susie Adams, president-elect, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Cathy Ivory, president, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses Jana Lauderdale, president, Transcultural Nursing Society Patty Sengstack, president, American Nursing Informatics Association Jennifer Willbeck, chair, American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners   National Nursing Organization Boards Karen D’Apolito, National Perinatal Association Board…

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Welcome New Faculty

Research Cathy Ivory PhD, MSN, RN Ivory completed her PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation focused on standardizing failure to rescue elements in perinatal nursing documentation. Ivory brings more than 20 years of clinical, education and research experience to her role as assistant professor, continuing her research and teaching courses in informatics….

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Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Lorraine Mion Early Nurse Detection of Delirium Superimposed on Dementia (END-DSD) National Institutes of Health/Pennsylvania State University 4/01/2010 – 2/08/2015 $732,533 Todd Monroe Age-Related Differences in Psychophysical and Neurobiological Response to Pain National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging 4/01/2014 – 3/31/2016 $431,750 Shelagh Mulvaney Using Social Learning to Improve Adolescent Diabetes Adherence Problem…

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Marian Dudley, left, has been dealing with heart failure for nearly 10 years.  She calls Melissa Smith a “lifesaver” for her consistent care. Photo by Susan Urmy.

Connecting the Dots: Seamless Care Results in Better Outcomes

For people with a chronic illness, leaving the hospital after an acute episode can be overwhelming, confusing and scary. They have many medications to juggle, may struggle to remember their providers’ instructions, and have to fight social barriers like transportation to the pharmacy or grocery and missed work or school days. With all of these…

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Serving the Never-served

When the Clinic at Mercury Courts opened in the summer of 2012, the staff expected to be inundated with patient visits. Designed to provide medical care for people and families transitioning from homelessness and other poverty situations, the clinic on Murfreesboro Road is located within a 5-mile radius of 12 properties serving low income and…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,


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Q+A: An Interview with Sarah Fogel

Vanderbilt Nurse recently sat down with Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN, director of the newly re-named Associate Degree in the Science of Nursing to MSN (ASN to MSN) program. Fogel has more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse and nursing educator on top of her first career as a concert violist.  She has been on faculty…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,


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Spreading Their Wings

In the dictionary, a preceptor is “an instructor; teacher; tutor.” At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, a preceptor is one of the most important roles in the evolution of a nursing student. Preceptors are one-on-one mentors responsible for training students during clinical placements. They help students take what they have learned in the classroom and…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,


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Fast Forward: Dean Linda Norman

When she was just 9 years old, Linda Norman knew that she wanted to become a nurse and a teacher. She just didn’t know how far she would go. Parents Harold and Becky Boggs told Linda at a young age that she was adopted. They wanted her to know how wanted she was. As an…

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