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Posted in By The Numbers, Fall 2018 |


Photo Gallery: Fall 2018

  Two groups of Vanderbilt nursing students and faculty spent spring break in Latin America. One — a cohort from the Enhancing Community and Population Health course led by instructor Shelza Rivas,DNP, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, and assistant professor Natasha McClure, DNP, CPNP —traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to assess Primeros Pasos, a rural community clinic for which…

Posted in Fall 2018, News, Photo Gallery |


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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Put it in writing and make your wishes known

Many nurses have been there. They’ve provided information and support while distraught family members tried to decide what their loved ones would want in terms of end-of-life care when they couldn’t decide for themselves. Some have been part of an intense, fast-moving team working to save a terminally ill patient’s life after she coded. Others…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


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 |


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 |


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 |


Selected Works 2017

Journals Adams S, Morse S, Choi S, Watson C, Bride BE. Substance use and mental health treatment retention among young adults. Global Journal of Addiction & Rehabilitation Medicine. Feb 2017:1(3):5555564. Davidson BT, Allison TL. Improving heart failure patient outcomes utilizing guideline-directed therapy. Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care. July 2017:42(7S Suppl 1):3-14….

Posted in Fall 2018, 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…

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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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Gilmer’s research about dogs helping children with cancer goes global, thanks to CNN

  A CNN video featuring Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Professor Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, FAAN, and her research on the effectiveness of animal-assisted interactions for children with cancer has had worldwide reach. The story showcased Swoosh, a therapy dog at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and two boys he helped through cancer…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


Vanderbilt graduates its largest class of DNP students

  May’s Commencement marked a milestone for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing when it awarded 73 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees, the greatest number since the program began in 2008. The school also awarded the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to 326 graduates during the investiture ceremonies on Branscomb Quadrangle. An…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


Vanderbilt awards endowed chairs to two nursing professors

Two Vanderbilt University School of Nursing professors have been named to endowed chairs, the highest honor Vanderbilt University awards its faculty. Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM, received the Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Edu-cation. Kleinpell, an internationally recognized researcher and educator, serves as VUSN’s assistant dean for clinical scholarship. She directs the school’s Scholarly…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


VUSN rises in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 graduate school rankings

  Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has again been named one of the nation’s “Best Graduate Schools” in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. The school’s Master of Nursing Science program moved up to No. 14 from No. 15 and its Doctor of Nursing Practice program continued as the No. 11-ranked DNP in…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News, News Around the School |


School of Nursing announces official diversity and inclusion position statement

The School of Nursing adopted a new diversity and inclusion statement that specifies its dedication to the equity, diversity and inclusion of all students, faculty and staff and proclaims its responsibilities as an educational institution to foster and graduate highly educated and culturally sensitive health care professionals. The statement was developed by a diversity and…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School |


Class Notes — Fall 2018

60s Donna Townsend Maddox, BSN’61, is president of Marketing and Business Consultants Inc. in Sarasota, Florida. 70s Evelyn Manoogian Biles, ‘73, is founder and president of Global Mosaic International, a nonprofit Christian organization in Yorktown, Virginia. Diane Cody Roberts, BSN’73, is a school nurse in the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Ann…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Fall 2018, Issue |


Dean’s Message

Dear alumni, colleagues and supporters, A few weeks ago, we welcomed a wonderful and excited group of new students to the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and said “welcome back” to an equally wonderful and enthusiastic group of returning MSN, Post-Master’s, DNP and PhD students. Altogether, more than 800 students selected VUSN for their nursing education…

Posted in Dean's Column, Dean's Letter, Fall 2018 |


Photo Gallery: Outreach Far and Wide

Middle Tennesseans’ needs go well beyond the four addressed in this issue of Vanderbilt Nurse — so the School of Nursing’s care stretches far and wide as well. Here’s a sample of other VUSN projects.  Health care for the homeless: PreSpecialty students like LaToya Hopkins, MSN’16, conduct health assessments and help homeless individuals create portable…

Posted in Photo Gallery, Spring 2018 |



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