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Spring 2019

New School of Nursing Building on a sunny spring day

Where technology and wellness combine (New SON Building)

The sun-filled four-story atrium in Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s new expansion is a hub of connectivity. A professor and student sit on the bench under the monumental staircase consulting a laptop screen. Across the gray tile floor, a dozen students work on laptops, tablets and smartphones at tall tables. In the lobby’s raised landing…

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VUSN By the Numbers

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Whatever it took (New SON Building)

The School of Nursing building owes its existence to the 2008 Great Recession. Then-Dean Colleen Conway-Welch and her team knew that the school’s growth would require expanded space for teaching, faculty offices and clinical training. She knew just where to get it: add two floors on top of Patricia Champion Frist Hall, which had been…

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Vision-sharers (New SON Building)

Bringing the School of Nursing expansion from concept to reality required commitment, teamwork and vision. One group of exceptional people brought all three: our generous donors. They are friends, foundations, alumni and parents of past students — all committed to excellence, advancing knowledge and ensuring that our students are well prepared to take their places…

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’Doreway on 21st Avenue (New SON Building)

Set back from 21st Avenue South with an open circular drive, the new Vanderbilt University School of Nursing building seamlessly extends from historic Godchaux Hall to present a wide, welcoming face to the world. Gone is the parking lot that fronted Godchaux, and the magnolia trees that blocked the view of the school have been…

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Celebration to remember (New SON Building)

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing threw wide the doors to its new building Jan. 22, 2019, and welcomed donors, health care leaders and other guests for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration that included building tours and demonstrations highlighting its state-of-the-art technology.

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Nursing and medical students team up to vaccinate Nashville’s needy

Refugee children, people without health insurance and Nashville’s homeless were among 756 people who received free flu vaccines through an extensive Shade Tree Clinic vaccine outreach program coordinated by a School of Nursing student and two Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student and Milah P. Lynn Scholar Lexa Taylor, RN,…

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Etherington inducted into Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame

Associate Professor of Nursing Emerita Carol Etherington, MSN’75, FAAN, has been inducted into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to health and health care. Etherington’s work has focused on traumatized populations, and designing and administering programs to address health and mental health needs of individuals, families and communities impacted…

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New alumni awards increase awareness and diverse accomplishments

The School of Nursing Alumni Association recognized eight alumni and friends of the school with its Distinguished Alumni Awards during Reunion 2018. Honorees were nominated by fellow alumni and colleagues and selected by the association’s board of directors. The awards this year included new categories and honors. The expanded categories allowed the association to recognize…

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Best nursing school for men

The American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) has named Vanderbilt University School of Nursing an AAMN Best School of Nursing. The honor recognizes a nursing school for significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in the nursing profession. In informing VUSN of the honor, the AAMN noted that its recognition review committee was very…

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School of Nursing rises to Top 10 in U.S. News & World Report rankings

In the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of graduate nursing programs released in March, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing rose to the No. 5 rank for its Doctor of Nursing Practice program and to No. 8 for its Master of Science in Nursing program. Those positions are the highest rankings VUSN has received…

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Dean’s Message

Dear alumni, colleagues and supporters: The cover of Vanderbilt Nurse beautifully captures the combination of the Collegiate Gothic style of Godchaux Hall with the contemporary glass expanse of our new four-story atrium. Together they form the entrance to the new School of Nursing building, which opened with great celebration on Jan. 22. It is a…

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Help for sexual assault survivors when and where needed

Imagine surviving the most horrific experience in your life — a sexual assault — only to find that you had to travel elsewhere for treatment from someone with specialized training. That’s what the majority of sexually assaulted Americans — women, children and men — have to do. Although one in six women and one in…

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Alumna named new assistant dean of diversity and inclusion

Rolanda Johnson, PhD’98, assistant dean for Academics and associate professor of Nursing, has been named assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusion for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She replaces Assistant Professor Jana Lauderdale, who returned to her faculty role. As assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Johnson oversees VUSN’s efforts to support and foster an…

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Reunion 2018 giving reaches new record

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing alumni contributed more than $460,000 in honor of Reunion 2018. The record-setting Reunion total includes gifts made by more than 200 alumni in class years ending with a ‘3 or ‘8, as well as all VUSN Quinqs (alumni who graduated from the School of Nursing more than 50 years ago).

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American Academy of Nursing and National Academies of Practice select VUSN faculty

Three Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty were inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing in November. Assistant Professor Cathy Maxwell, PhD; Assistant Professor Julia C. Phillippi, PhD, FACNM; and Senior Associate Dean for Academics Mavis Schorn, PhD, FACNM, were honored during the AAN’s annual policy conference. Fellows are selected based on evidence…

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Redesigned MSN programs in informatics and leadership launch in fall 2019

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently redesigned two of its Master of Science in Nursing specialty programs and relaunched them with revised curricula, educational formats and degree requirements. The programs, Nursing Informatics (NI) and Nursing and Health Care Leadership (NHCL), are now accepting applications for admission in fall 2019. In announcing the redesigned specialty programs,…

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New BSN-to-DNP pilot begins in August

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is launching a pilot BSN-to-DNP program that gives registered nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees the ability to earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in only eight semesters. The program will integrate the advanced practice courses typically associated with the master’s-level nursing degree with DNP courses. The…

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Strong, visionary and unforgettable

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing lost two trailblazing and visionary icons just 80 days apart in 2018 – one a longtime dean who transformed nursing education at Vanderbilt and nationally, and the other a champion of nurse practitioners and founder of the school’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

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A foundation of collaboration

Tucked away in an Olin Hall conference room on the Vanderbilt University campus, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure. Each team must time their progress.

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