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VUSN’s Lalonde Wins on Jeopardy!

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing student Molly Anne Lalonde was a four-time winner on the game show Jeopardy! this summer. Her winnings netted more than $55,000. Lalonde is a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner student who completed her master’s coursework in August. She is no stranger to the academic rigor and emotional intelligence required to succeed on…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2014, Issue, News Around the School |

Conway-Welch Portrait Unveiled

National nursing dignitaries and the Vanderbilt community gathered this summer for the official portrait unveiling of Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, VUSN dean emerita. Having a painting commissioned is a high honor at Vanderbilt University, reserved only for those leaders who have made an indelible impact on the institution. Conway-Welch retired in June 2013, after 29 years…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2014, Issue, News Around the School |

New Palliative Care Offering

For those interested in delving deeper into the world of palliative care, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing introduced a palliative care post-master’s certificate program. Directed by Kathryn Lindstrom, PhD, FNP-BC, a leader in adult palliative care, and Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, internationally known for her pediatric palliative care work, the program prepares students…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2014, Issue, News Around the School |

VUSN Lands Pediatric Palliative Care Grant

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has been awarded a $1.8 million grant by National Institutes of Health/ National Institute of Nursing Research. The four-year grant is in partnership with the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC), will recruit children with advanced or relapsed cancer via Facebook and develop a web-based tool so they can create…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2014, Issue, News Around the School |

Shapiro Shares the Art of Negotiation

Ron Shapiro, negotiator, sports agent, attorney, educator, author and civic leader, recently led a workshop, “How to Negotiate so Everyone Wins, Especially You!” at the School of Nursing. “Having dynamic speakers come to campus for a workshop like this is a golden opportunity for us to step outside our traditional roles and learn new things,”…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2014, Issue, News Around the School |

VUSN earns Hartford Designation

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was selected for membership in the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) in recognition of the highest level of commitment to the field of gerontological nursing. “This is a tremendous honor for our school and a reflection of our dedicated research, education and practice faculty,” said Dean Linda Norman,…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2014, Issue, News Around the School |

Fall 2014 Inaugural Clinical Scholarship Awardees

Sharon Holley – Develop Metrics to Help Quantify and Qualify Midwifery Competency Measures for Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations Ginny Moore – Promoting Effective Patient Communication Among Vulnerable Women Natasha McClure* – Asthma Interventions to Decrease Potentially Avoidable Emergency Department Visits: Adding the School Environment to an Existing Home-Based Model K. Melissa Smith* – Implementation of…

Posted in Fall 2014, Issue |

Illustration by Michael Austin

Scholarly Works Soar: Nursing Practice Reaches New Heights

Curiosity, critical thinking and continuous learning are requirements for successful nursing students and faculty alike. The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently launched its Scholarly Practice Program, which empowers non-tenure track faculty to seek answers for their clinical practice. “Our faculty are extremely talented professionals, each focused on their individual areas of interest. This program…

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Faculty Appointments

National Nursing Organizations Leadership Susie Adams, president-elect, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Cathy Ivory, president, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses Jana Lauderdale, president, Transcultural Nursing Society Patty Sengstack, president, American Nursing Informatics Association Jennifer Willbeck, chair, American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners   National Nursing Organization Boards Karen D’Apolito, National Perinatal Association Board…

Posted in Fall 2014, Features, Issue |

Welcome New Faculty

Research Cathy Ivory PhD, MSN, RN Ivory completed her PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation focused on standardizing failure to rescue elements in perinatal nursing documentation. Ivory brings more than 20 years of clinical, education and research experience to her role as assistant professor, continuing her research and teaching courses in informatics….

Posted in Fall 2014, Features, Issue |

Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Lorraine Mion Early Nurse Detection of Delirium Superimposed on Dementia (END-DSD) National Institutes of Health/Pennsylvania State University 4/01/2010 – 2/08/2015 $732,533 Todd Monroe Age-Related Differences in Psychophysical and Neurobiological Response to Pain National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging 4/01/2014 – 3/31/2016 $431,750 Shelagh Mulvaney Using Social Learning to Improve Adolescent Diabetes Adherence Problem…

Posted in Fall 2014, Features, Issue |

Class Notes – Fall 2014

60s Kathleen Smith Lewis, BSN ‘66, has written a book, “Challenges of LIVING with Chronic Illness—Beginnings & Endings,” which is available on Amazon.com. She lives in Atlanta. Sandra Jones Campbell, PhD, RN, BSN ‘69, received the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from The League of Innovation for co-creating a civility code of conduct with…

Posted in Class Notes, Departments, Fall 2014, Issue |

Marian Dudley, left, has been dealing with heart failure for nearly 10 years.  She calls Melissa Smith a “lifesaver” for her consistent care. Photo by Susan Urmy.

Connecting the Dots: Seamless Care Results in Better Outcomes

For people with a chronic illness, leaving the hospital after an acute episode can be overwhelming, confusing and scary. They have many medications to juggle, may struggle to remember their providers’ instructions, and have to fight social barriers like transportation to the pharmacy or grocery and missed work or school days. With all of these…

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Serving the Never-served

When the Clinic at Mercury Courts opened in the summer of 2012, the staff expected to be inundated with patient visits. Designed to provide medical care for people and families transitioning from homelessness and other poverty situations, the clinic on Murfreesboro Road is located within a 5-mile radius of 12 properties serving low income and…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,

Dean’s Message

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, The academic calendar is a continuous cycle of open houses, new student orientations, faculty summits, pinning ceremonies and graduation.  In between those events, the School is literally bubbling with activity. Hundreds of students are coming on campus for block learning sessions each semester. On campus, students are holding impromptu study…

Posted in Dean's Column, Spring 2014 |

UCLA’s Lyder Helps Celebrate MLK Day

In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King’s dedication to service, Vanderbilt University Medical Center honored King’s legacy through student community service, a lecture by UCLA Dean Courtney Lyder, and presentation of the annual Martin Luther King award. Lyder, ND, ScD, noted researcher, policymaker, educator and pioneer, captivated faculty, students and staff by honoring nursing icons…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |

Faculty Book Signing

The School Life Committee recently hosted a book signing event with VUSN faculty-authors as a way to showcase faculty scholarship.  Nearly 100 students came by to have their books or bookplates signed by one or all of the VUSN faculty who authored books, edited books or contributed chapters to textbooks.  Authors included: Michelle Collins, PhD,…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |

Study Looks at the Role of Therapy Dogs

It’s not uncommon for a child with newly diagnosed cancer to become depressed, lonely and have strained family relationships, but a new Vanderbilt study is investigating whether therapy dogs could have a positive effect on children undergoing chemotherapy. This first-of-its-kind grant, coordinated by the American Humane Association and funded by animal health company, Zoetis, was…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |

NLGH Conference is a Big Success

More than 220 people from 14 countries and 30 states came to Nashville in February for the Nursing Leadership in Global Health (NLGH) Conference.  Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan kicked off the event where presenters and attendees addressed the overall goal of improving patient care by elevating the voice of nursing, delved deep…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |

Weiner Elected to IOM

VUSN’s Betsy Weiner, PhD, RN, senior associate dean for Informatics, was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) last fall.  With more than 1,900 members, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academies, serving as an adviser to the nation to improve health and promote health-related research. Weiner, Centennial Independence Foundation Professor of…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2014 |

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