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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…

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


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…

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


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…

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


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…

Posted in Features, Issue, Summer 2017 |


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…

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


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 |


Selected Works 2015

JOURNALS   Adams S. Psychiatric mental health nursing: “A seat at the table.” Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Jan 2015;21(1):34-37.   Adams S. An organizational seat at the table: Advocacy based on science and education. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Mar 2015;21(2):111-113.   Adams S. APNA’s suicide competencies for inpatient psychiatric nurses: “Saving Lives …One at…

Posted in Features, Making an Impact, Winter 2017 |


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 Jie Deng Self-Care for Head and Neck Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema and Fibrosis Supported by the Research Scholar Grant Number, RSG-16-207-01-PCSM, from the American Cancer Society…

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


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…

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


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…

Posted in Fall 2015, Features, Issue, News |


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…

Posted in Fall 2015, Features, Issue |


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…

Posted in Fall 2015, Features, Issue, News |


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…

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


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…

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


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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