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VUSN By the Numbers 2017

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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…

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Dean’s Message

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, Each autumn, I deliver a State-of-the-School presentation to alumni at Reunion. The presentation includes facts and figures — how many students, in which specialties, current NCLEX-RN pass rates — and so on. I discuss research growth, clinical practice and strategic goals. I also share news and achievements. In some ways,…

Posted in Dean's Column, Dean's Letter, Departments, Issue, Winter 2017 |


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….

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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…

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When They Can’t Tell You Where It Hurts

Already suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Todd Monroe’s grandmother was dealt a second blow — breast cancer. Because she couldn’t articulate what was wrong, the cancer was advanced when she was diagnosed. Managing her pain became a top priority, but that was a challenge: she couldn’t tell the caregivers in the nursing home where she lived…

Posted in Departments, Issue, Research News, Winter 2017 |


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 |


Colleen Conway-Welch honored, named Living Legend

Colleen Conway-Welch, Dean Emerita of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), recently received two honors recognizing her international, national and regional impact on nursing and health care. The American Academy of Nursing, one of nursing’s most distinguished and prestigious professional organizations, named Conway-Welch a Living Legend, the highest honor the organization bestows. In making…

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


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 |


School of Nursing website has a brand-new style

Visit the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) website (nursing.vanderbilt.edu) and experience easier navigation, more robust content, improved usability and up-to-date news, thanks to a redesigned and restructured website. The new site launched in June 2016 after more than 20 months of extensive planning, design and development. The website features: a homepage with expanded news…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


Giving Day sets records

It was like homecoming, Mardi Gras and a telethon all rolled into one on Thursday, April 21, 2016, as Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) went all out for the first-ever Vanderbilt Giving Day. Alumni, students, faculty, administration, staff and friends were determined to set a record for the number of financial gifts given to…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


New program launched for Family Nurse Practitioners in emergency and urgent care

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has developed a new post-master’s educational program for family nurse practitioners who work in either emergency care or urgent care settings and who desire to become certified as Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENP-C). The new two-semester program started in August 2016 for FNP-certified applicants in emergency care. A total of four…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


2016 Alumni Award Recipients

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) awarded three outstanding alumni and a legendary Vanderbilt professor with VUSN alumni awards as part of Reunion 2016. Britney Broyhill, MSN ’08, DNP ’13, BA ’06; Cynthia Cameron, MSN ’10; Sally Yeagley, BSN ’66, MSN ’86; and Vereen Bell, professor of English, emeritus, accepted the awards in ceremonies…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


School of Nursing earns national CCNE accreditation; changes accreditation body

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and post-master’s certificate programs for a five-year period through 2021. “The CCNE accreditation signifies that Vanderbilt provides quality nursing education and that our graduates…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


New course explores health issues and needs of LGBT community

A new class jointly offered by the Vanderbilt Schools of Nursing and Medicine seeks to inform students about the challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals face in health care in the U.S. and to give them information to better serve their LGBT patients. The 13-week course, LGBT Health in Interprofessional Practice, was developed by…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Winter 2017 |


Class Notes — Winter 2017

50s Evelyn Igarashi Blaylock, BSN ‘55, and husband, James, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December 2015. The couple met on a blind date while attending Vanderbilt. Mary Reagan Butler, BSN ‘57, is president of the South County Democratic Club of San Luis Obispo, California.   60s Mary Hicks Day, Peabody Nursing…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Issue, Winter 2017 |


Photo Gallery: Commencement 2016

Photos by Susan Urmy

Posted in Photo Gallery, Winter 2017 |



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