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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 |


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…

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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 |


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 |


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 | 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 |


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 |


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…

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Community Care

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…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018 | Tags: ,


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…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018 | 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 | 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 | 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…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018 | Tags: ,


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…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018 |


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 |


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: ,


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: ,



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