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Spring 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…

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Dean’s Message

Dear alumni, colleagues and supporters, How do you define a community? Is it the people you interact with day to day? Is it your physical building or the neighborhoods surrounding the place you live and work? Is it a town, a city, a region or even a state? The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing defines…

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Class Notes — Spring 2018

50s Ruth Bishop Limehouse, BSN’56, celebrated her 90th birthday in her hometown of Harleyville, South Carolina, in May 2017.   60s Susan Applegarth Murphy, BSN’69, is a keynote speaker, author and business consultant living in Rancho Mirage, California.   70s Adrienne Ames, MSN’75, received the Elizabeth Jacobs Service Award from the Council on Aging in…

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VUSN receives nearly $1 million grant to add mental and behavioral health providers to community clinic

The Clinic at Mercury Courts has added psychiatric-mental health care to its primary care clinical services, thanks to a $999,101 grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration (HRSA) to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. The two-year grant allows the nurse-managed clinic to add a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, social worker and psychiatrist to…

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


Excitement builds during construction progress

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony June 20, 2017, that marked the start of construction on the nursing school’s new $26.3 million expansion. Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente, Board of Trust Trustee…

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Tobacco, alcohol and the heart

After graduating from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Mariann Piano worked in a coronary care unit as a cardiovascular nurse. The constant stream of patients as well as a new era in understanding contributing factors to heart disease drew the Chicago native to seek more education and the scientific premise behind…

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Community Care

There’s no shortage of need regarding health care in America today. Whether it’s finding a provider, having health insurance, preventing premature birth or helping someone with hypertension manage their disease, health issues are extensive and in the news. From its founding more than 100 years ago, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has had a…

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Providers in demand

Matthew Hardy, PhD, regional vice president of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral health care organizations, recently hired six psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) to serve the rapidly expanding need for mental health and addiction services in the northern area of Middle Tennessee that he oversees. He said he could have hired six more…

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More mental health providers needed

Susie Adams, PhD, FAANP, FAAN, who directed the PMHNP program for 17 years, until 2014, said there’s an increasing need for mental health services, especially for geriatric patients and those suffering from addiction, most often to opioids. She believes the reason for the increase is threefold. More public awareness of mental health problems and treatment…

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Covered

When 24-year-old Blossom Olmos learned she was pregnant with her first child, her primary care physician referred her to an obstetrician, but there was just one problem. The insurance provided through her employer didn’t cover maternity care and childbirth. She and her boyfriend, John Haro, were living in California, but they had just decided to…

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A New Perspective

Sometimes the realities our patients face are far from what we ourselves have experienced. A senior may need medication but not have transportation to get to the pharmacy. Children might live in a neighborhood where shootings are common. A single parent may regularly run out of food to feed her family well before the next…

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Frailty? Tai Chi? Constipation?

This wasn’t the kind of library they remembered from their childhood. The group of 14 older adults were enjoying a meal of seafood cannelloni, salad and cupcakes as sunshine beamed on the stacks of books just outside the room. Speaking above a whisper and asking questions was encouraged. They came to the Edmondson Pike Library…

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Asthma and absenteeism

During the past school year, Napier Enhanced Option Elementary School in Nashville had the second largest population of elementary school-aged children with asthma in the district. The ranking is one that Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Assistant Professor Natasha McClure, MSN’11, DNP, CPNP, knows she cannot change. So she wants to do the next…

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Faculty and alumni selected as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

Associate Professor and alumna Terrah Foster Akard, PhD, CPNP, Assistant Professor and alumna Catherine Ivory, PhD, RN-BC, and alumna Melissa Willmarth Stec, DNP, CNM, were inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of their accomplishments and leadership in the profession of nursing. Akard teaches in VUSN’s doctoral program and is the…

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


Incoming class includes the school’s first Executive Leadership DNP students

The School of Nursing welcomed nearly 500 new Master of Nursing Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD students in the class entering in fall 2017. The new class included the school’s first cohort of eight executive leadership track DNP students. The incoming MSN class included 187 students who hold Bachelor of Science in…

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Professor inducted into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Sheila H. Ridner, PhD’03, MSN’00,  FAAN, the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, joined an exclusive group of acclaimed researchers in July when she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is…

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


Growth Plans

New senior associate dean seeks to increase research from the inside and out Despite saying that she’s not completely settled in, there are no unpacked boxes cluttering Mariann R. Piano’s new office on the fourth floor of Godchaux Hall. Her desk displays photos of her husband and two sons. Framed prints of iconic South Shore…

Posted in Departments, Issue, Research News, Spring 2018 |


Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Grants 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 1/14–10/18 $44,100 Michelle Collins Use of Nitrous Oxide During Labor and Birth & Perinatal Outcomes, Development of a U.S. Repository of Nitrous Use American College…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018 |


Welcome New Faculty

Jennifer David, DNP’17, MSN’14, CPNP, Instructor David is a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner who teaches in the PreSpecialty section of the MSN program. She has taught at the University of North Georgia, Berry College and Georgia State University and works in the anesthesia department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. David also has a background…

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Making an Impact

At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, we educate lifelong learners with the knowledge and skills needed in rapidly changing environments. We establish and improve innovative scholarly advanced practice models that define and respond to health care trends and needs. We develop and innovate informatics solutions that advance health care. We improve the health of individuals,…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2018 |



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