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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…

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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 |


Health Coaching for Positive Change

The first cohort of Health Coaching certificate program students at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently completed their 28-week course of study, preparing them to help patients set realistic health goals and provide support in reaching those goals. “It’s hard to motivate people to change by telling them they have elevated lipids, for example….

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


Gordon Receives Credo Award

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Jeff Gordon, Ph.D., M.Ed., professor of Educational Technology and Informatics, was recently honored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a recipient of the Credo Award, given to faculty and staff who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in serving colleagues, students, patients and their families. Gordon’s nominating letter credited his…

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


Dempsey: Importance of Patient Experience

Patients who feel included in their care have better outcomes, Christina Dempsey, MSN, MBA, chief nursing officer at Press Ganey told a standing-room-only audience recently at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dempsey’s guest lecture was sponsored by the Patricia Townsend Meador Endowed lecture series. Dempsey described the patient experience as the clinical care of the patient; the…

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


Pilon Celebrated for VUSN Community Partnership Efforts

Vanderbilt and community members recognized Bonnie Pilon, PhD, RN, who stepped down from her role as senior associate dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in December 2014. Pilon, pictured with VUMC Deputy Vice Chancellor C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD, served in the role for 15 years, including leading the…

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


Pam Jones: New VUSN Practice Leader

Pam Jones understands where health care delivery has been, where it is today, and where it is heading. As the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s incoming Senior Associate Dean of Clinical and Community Partnerships, she will further enhance interdisciplinary learning, develop future models of care that enhance health and provide teaching opportunities for VUSN students,…

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


RoundingWell Collaborates with VUSN Clinic

RoundingWell and the Clinic at Mercury Court (CMC), a community health initiative of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to reach the most medically underserved, have implemented technology at no cost to the clinic in the spirit of community health improvement and innovation. The RoundingWell platform is being used by the clinic’s interprofessional team to coordinate…

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


How to Become Part of an Animal Therapy Team

      Pet Partners, the largest nonprofit organization that registers handlers and animals to become part of a volunteer animal-assisted therapy team, believes there are many kinds of animals that can form a strong human-animal bond. The organization registers dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, domesticated rats, horses, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, pot-bellied pigs and birds….

Posted in Issue, Spring 2015 |



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