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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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Dean’s Message

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, Fall 2015 at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing began with welcoming a new group of MSN, DNP and PhD students. We have been busy orienting the students and integrating them with our returning students. We have 821 nursing students this year—625 enrolled in the MSN program, 165 in the DNP…

Posted in Dean's Column, Fall 2015, Issue, News |


The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Awards VUSN with Post-Doc Fellowship

The American Association of Nursing Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation recently awarded the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) support for a two-year, full-time, in-residence postdoctoral fellowship for a health services research topic related to anesthetic operative phenomena. “The AANA Foundation is providing this support at an important time in health care delivery,” said Ann Minnick, PhD,…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Simulation Expert Shares Educational Strategy for Debriefing

Marjorie Miller, MS, RN, Certified Healthcare Simulation Education, nursing education consultant and lead faculty with the California Simulation Alliance, recently presented “Debriefing Dynamics: Essential Elements of Simulation Debriefing” to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) faculty and staff members. In the workshop, Miller discussed simulation as an educational strategy and emphasized the importance of debriefing, a…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Questions Used to Screen for Frailty and Cognitive Impairment

Frailty: Fatigues easily? Inability to walk up one flight of stairs? Inability to walk one block (or ¼ mile)? Has 5 or more illnesses? Has lost weight (more than 5-10%) in the last 6 months?   Cognitive Impairment: From the perspective of a patient surrogate: Think back 5 to 10 years ago, just answer yes…

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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…

Posted in Fall 2015, Features, Issue, News |


Class Notes

70s Carolyn Burr, BSN ‘71, lives in Newark, New Jersey, and was featured in Rutgers Today for her determination to help pregnant women infected with the HIV virus avoid sharing it with their newborns, all while dealing with her own multiple sclerosis diagnosis. She received the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Fall 2015, Issue |


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 |


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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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Usher Named Alumni Relations Director

Betsey Usher was named Director of Alumni Relations at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  She will be responsible for developing and implementing activities to engage VUSN alumni and to link alumni with students.  She has served at several positions at the school for past eight years, first as coordinator of the school’s Centennial celebration,…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Faculty and Alumni Selected as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Professor and Faculty Scholar Susie Adams, PhD, APRN, PMHNP, FAANP, and Assistant Professor and Director of the Healthcare Leadership Program Kelly Wolgast, DNP, MSS, RN, FACHE, have been selected as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. Additionally, three VUSN alumni were selected: Cecilia Page, DNP ‘13, BSN ‘79,…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Vanderhoef to Direct Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program

Assistant Professor Dawn Vanderhoef, PhD, DNP, PMHNP/CNS-BC, has been named director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN). The program is one of the School’s largest specialties and is ranked as the No. 4 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in the country, according to the most recent…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Nurse-Midwifery Program Lands High Honor from ACNM

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Program received a Lifetime Golden Commendation from the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)—one of only four educational programs in the country to achieve this recognition. “We are delighted that our Nurse-Midwifery program is honored in this way,” said Linda Norman, DSN, R.N., Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


VUSN Video Workshop Helps Teens Cope With Type 1 Diabetes

A group of adolescents gathered at the downtown Nashville Public Library in July for a three-day Digital Storytelling Workshop to learn how to write, edit and produce a video about managing their type 1 diabetes. The project is part of research conducted by Shelagh Mulvaney, PhD, associate professor of Nursing, and her team, into the…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


PreSpecialty Students Reach Out Via Community Health Experiences

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) students in the PreSpecialty year gain clinical experiences with many different populations in Nashville and surrounding communities. Students are immersed in community programs that offer educational opportunities and allow VUSN to make a marked difference in improving the health of residents in Middle Tennessee. Community need, faculty expertise and…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2015, Issue, News Around the School |


Photo Gallery: Reunion 2015

Nursing school alumni joined the annual Reunion Celebration.

Posted in Photo Gallery, Spring 2015 |


Dean’s Message

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, We have had an eventful several months at the School of Nursing.  We are delighted that the School advanced four spots to become the No. 11 ranked graduate nursing school among more than 500 schools in the U.S. News and World Report 2016 rankings.  Several of our specialties were also…

Posted in Dean's Column, News, Spring 2015 |


School of Nursing Advances Four Spots in U.S. News Ranking

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked No. 11 among more than 500 nursing schools in the latest U.S. News and World Report “Best Graduate Schools” edition released in March. VUSN moved up four spots to No. 11 from the last ranking four years ago. “We are very proud that we advanced four places, and it…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2015 |



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