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Spring 2014

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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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VUMC Lands Moore Foundation Grant

Vanderbilt University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies was awarded $2.2 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to address nursing workforce issues that may impede future health care. Certain regions in the U.S., particularly rural areas, continue to report a shortage of nurses, especially in specialties such as operating room and labor and…

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School Reaches Out to Male Students

The VUSN Admissions Office reports male recruitment is on the upswing.  During the past four years, the percentage of male students has consistently risen.  In the current academic year, 11.3 percent of the students are male.  Perhaps one reason for this is the growth of the School’s thriving American Assembly for Men in Nursing: Middle…

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Adams Named School’s First Faculty Scholar

Susie Adams, PhD, RN, has been named to the newly created position of Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. The Faculty Scholar position will partner with existing and/or new agencies affiliated with VUSN to evaluate evidence-based health practices, analyze program outcomes and disseminate findings. “Susie is the…

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Love Takes Helm of Psychiatric Mental Health Program

Rene Love has been named program director for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN).  She succeeds Susie Adams, who was recently named Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at VUSN. Love has taught at VUSN for 15 years, including courses in the MSN and…

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Spotlight on Nursing Research//Socially Assistive Robots and Senior Care

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Lorraine Mion believes nursing resources are going to be stretched to their limits with a growing senior population.  To help shore up these anticipated gaps, she thinks robots can play a role in complementing or supplementing some senior care needs.  Collaborating with some of the best minds from the realms…

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Key Results

Although long-term clinical outcomes data is not yet available, here are a few highlights: In one year, clinicians have seen progress in hypertension control rates with a nearly 20 percent improvement in patient levels. Smoking cessation screening is at 100 percent, which prompted the implementation of an aggressive smoking cessation program. Social work services screenings…

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Affordable Medications

Dispensary of Hope, a nationwide distributor that provides unused or surplus medications to health care providers and clinics to disperse to people with no pharmacy coverage, is a key component to the Clinic at Mercury Courts’ ability to provide access to affordable medications. The clinic dispenses about $4,000 worth of medications monthly. It does not…

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The clinic is funded by a variety of sources, the largest being a collaborative project grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Nursing to investigate interprofessional health care team development and outcomes. The second major funding source comes from VUSN to pay for operational costs not covered by the HRSA grant….

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Tips for Preceptors

1. Observe students first to gather their strengths and weaknesses, and tailor teaching and assignments to maximize learning. 2. Ask students what their goals are for a particular clinical experience and develop a set of objectives to meet those. New preceptors may want to run these by the student’s adviser. 3. Remember that you were…

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Class Notes – Spring 2014

40s Lucy Goedert Parks, BSN ‘45, celebrated her 91st birthday in December 2013.  She enjoys taking care of her home and yard in Jacksonville, Fla.  Her son, David, lives in North Carolina and works for Fidelity Investments. Iola McClellan Manoogian, BSN ‘47B, celebrated the arrival of three more great-grandchildren for a total of 30. She…

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Q+A: An Interview with Sarah Fogel

Vanderbilt Nurse recently sat down with Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN, director of the newly re-named Associate Degree in the Science of Nursing to MSN (ASN to MSN) program. Fogel has more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse and nursing educator on top of her first career as a concert violist.  She has been on faculty…

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Spreading Their Wings

In the dictionary, a preceptor is “an instructor; teacher; tutor.” At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, a preceptor is one of the most important roles in the evolution of a nursing student. Preceptors are one-on-one mentors responsible for training students during clinical placements. They help students take what they have learned in the classroom and…

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