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Spring 2010

Photo Gallery: Reunion

Nursing school alumni, including several Quinqs, joined the annual Reunion Celebration

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Tammy Hakim

Opening a New Door

When one door closes, a different door may open – at least that’s what three Vanderbilt University School of Nursing graduates think. These resilient individuals prove that while adversity cannot be avoided, it can reshape our purpose. Re-defining her life In 2006 Tammy Hakim moved to Franklin, Tenn., from Michigan with her family. Two months…

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Anna Storvick’s passion for helping others doesn’t stop with patients. The future nurse practitioner wants to help nursing students follow in her footsteps. She’s the fifth recipient of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Pay it Forward endowed scholarship, established in 2004 by Bette Brotherton, MSN ’85, and Doreen Wise, BSN 68. Grateful for her…

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Faculty Focus – Spring 2010

Susie Adams, PhD, RN, PMHNP, FAANP, associate professor and director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, received the International Nurses Society on Addictions, Excellence in Education Award.  She delivered the keynote address at the Japan Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurses National Conference in Yokohama where she served as consultant for the development…

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Alumni Profile/Betsy Perky, MSN ’04, VUSN Alumni Association President

With the support of the School of Nursing, I recently traveled to Botswana to assist in a pre-opening nurse training program for a new hospital being built on the outskirts of the capital city of Gaborone. Bokamoso Private Hospital is a private, not-for-profit facility owned by the Bokamoso Private Trust that was established by two…

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Class Notes – Spring 2010

40s Eunice Moe Brock, BSN ’41, is writing a book, “Search for a World View that Will Harmonize Science and Religion,” about her years living and working in China. Martha Crews McBurney, BSN ’47A, is a retired professional who enjoys traveling with her husband. Bess Winchester Isaacs, BSN ‘47B, enjoys working at the family hardware…

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Spotlight on Nursing Research / Heart Failure and Depression

As a researcher at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Michael Vollman, Ph.D., R.N., is examining the impact of depression in patients with heart disease, and especially those diagnosed with heart failure. “We have at least 10 years worth of solid research evidence indicating that once a patient with heart disease develops a clinically significant depression,…

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Healthy Head Start

More than 120 community children converged on Alumni Lawn this fall for relay races, tug-of-war contests and healthy snacks at the Fall Field Day Festival. The event was hosted by Vanderbilt University Healthy Head Start, a group of students dedicated to promoting healthy living through education and active lifestyles. Like many good ideas, Healthy Head…

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Easing Lymphedema

There is only one standard treatment for lymphedema – a chronic condition in which the lymph drainage system is compromised and fluid accumulates in the body – but Sheila Ridner, Ph.D., M.S.N., is investigating a promising laser treatment. Ridner, assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the…

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Examining Health Disparities as Social Justice

Students, faculty and staff packed the auditorium to hear Wayne Riley, M.D., M.P.H., MBA, deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture in January. Riley, CEO of Meharry Medical College and professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, shared what he believes King would think about health care disparity and inequity in America…

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Supporting Tomorrow’s Faculty

Becoming a nursing professor is a little easier for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing students thanks to a $512,800 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant will help fund a loan forgiveness program for nursing students who want to become full-time faculty upon graduation. “The only way we, as a…

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Diabetes Self-Management

Adolescents with type 1 diabetes have a new, effective tool to improve self-management called YourWay.

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Two Key Promotions at VUSN

Becky Keck and Sarah Ramsey have both been promoted to key positions at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Keck, pictured above left, has been named to a newly created role as Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Operations/ Chief Administrative Officer, and Ramsey to Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Keck, M.S.N., R.N., NEA, BC, has…

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Hereford Society Launches Match Challenge

With the average debt load of a nursing student soaring to $80,000, the Julia Hereford Society (JHS) has rededicated itself to raising scholarship money for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Named after Julia Hereford, a 1936 graduate and Dean from 1949-1965, the group is composed of donors who give $1,000 or more annually to the…

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New Ways to Learn

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is pioneering the use of smart phones as teaching tools. The School is one of the first in the nation to use a new application that transforms wireless devices, including Blackberry, iPod, iTouch, and laptops into classroom response devices for enhanced learning. “Students in our program have multiple exposures to…

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Grant: Telehealth, Informatics

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a new $1.3 million grant from the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) for faculty development in informatics, simulation and telehealth. “Today’s nursing faculty are faced with the complex task of educating nurses for a world facing a workforce shortage, increasing patient complexities, and an ever-increasing dependence on…

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Working Together for Prenatal Health

The Vanderbilt Schools of Nursing and Medicine have come together to improve prenatal care in a clinical partnership called the Shade Tree Early Pregnancy Program (STEPP). Second-year medical students Marissa Blanco, Kelly Bingham and Erin Toaz saw a need for targeted prenatal care, so they applied for grants to support the once-a-month clinic held at…

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Nurse-Midwifery Practice Earns National Honor

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery practice is among the best large practice groups in the country, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The School’s Nurse-Midwifery practice was recognized as the best practice for the highest rate of first trimester patient entry into care among high-volume certified nurse-midwifery practices (500 or more births per…

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Q + A: An Interview with Heidi Silver

Program Director Heidi Silver, Ph.D., R.D., has taken on many challenge throughout her 20-plus-year career in dietetics and nutrition. Now she is working with the School of Nursing to launch a master’s program that will educate a new generation of advanced practice dietitians and move the profession forward in meaningful ways. What do you want…

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A Look Inside Nurses for Newborns

Nurses for Newborns is a natural fit when it comes to collaborating with the Better Birth Outcomes study. This separate, non-profit nurse visitation program for at-risk mothers and babies is important in preventing infant mortality. “The first 18 months is most critical for a child,” said Vicki Beaver, M.S.N., R.N., executive director of Nurse for…

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