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Summer 2017

VUSN By the Numbers 2017

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Photo Gallery: Reunion 2017

Photos by Dina Bahan and Sara Putnam

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Mapping America’s nurse-managed clinics

Bonnie Pilon, Ph.D., FAAN, knows and loves nurse-managed clinics so much she took a year off to visit as many as possible. Pilon, now Professor of Nursing, Emerita, opened and oversaw nurse-operated clinics for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing for 15 years as senior associate dean. In 2015, she took a sabbatical year to…

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The Vanderbilt Model

Metro Nashville Public Schools, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Mercury Courts housing all have one thing in common. Each is home to a Vanderbilt clinic that is managed by faculty nurse practitioners and offers health care to diverse populations. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) provides faculty for the clinics and operates them in partnership with…

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What I Did Before

Miss Mississippi, a seismologist, a paramedic, a football player and a Peace Corps worker walk into a nursing school. No, no joke. Those are the backgrounds of some current Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) students. Use the links below to discover what drew them to VUSN. Tristan Strong Helen Qian Rita Peters Jennifer Neczypor…

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Compassion and Criminal Justice

When Joyce Laben, JD, MSN, BC, FAAN, came to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as an associate professor of Psychiatric Nursing in 1970, she didn’t see herself as a reformer. But encountering horrific treatment of inmates with mental health challenges in Tennessee prisons during her clinical practice transformed her into someone who was going to…

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VUSN welcomes the future U.S. Surgeon General

Editor’s Note: Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams was named acting U.S. Surgeon General on April 21, making her the first U.S. Surgeon General who is not a physician. She had been deputy U.S. Surgeon General. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, the then U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, visited Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) in January to speak…

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Dean’s Message

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, As dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), I have the opportunity to make a lot of announcements and speeches. I speak at Commencement and pinning ceremonies; address prospective students at our fall and spring open houses; talk at receptions for alumni, students and visitors; deliver remarks to…

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U.S. News & World Report rankings again put VUSN among nation’s best

  The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has once again been named to the Best Graduate Schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The School of Nursing’s DNP program was ranked No. 11 in just the second year of ranking by U.S. News. Its MSN program is ranked No. 15…

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New members join VUSN Alumni Board

Fourteen Vanderbilt University School of Nursing alumni have joined the school’s alumni board, President Tiffany Street, MSN ‘03, and Vice President Ty Williams, MSN ‘03, DNP ‘12, announced. The members represent a variety of specialties, degrees, regions and eras. They are: Brooklyn Beaupre, MSN ‘14 (Adult-Gerontology Acute Care), Johnson City, Tennessee; Margaret McKinney Buxton, MSN…

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Dig out those photos and memories

Alumni from 1960s-80s, were you part of the Appalachian Student Health Coalition as a student or nursing graduate? Vanderbilt is working with University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to gather materials and information for the Appalachian Student Health Coalition archive (studenthealthcoalition.web.unc.edu). If you have photos, stories, items or want more information, contact Collecting and Outreach…

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VUSN professor receives American Cancer Society award to study self-care for cancer survivors

Assistant Professor Jie Deng, Ph.D. ‘10, R.N., OCN, FAAN, has been awarded a $789,000 research scholar grant by the American Cancer Society to develop and test a self-care program for head and neck cancer survivors diagnosed with secondary lymphedema and fibrosis (LEF). LEF causes swelling and the development of hard tissue in the head and…

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Fresh Vision for Julia Hereford Society

Members of the Julia Hereford Society (JHS) attended a special celebration recognizing their support of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in April. The event was hosted by Dean Linda Norman and organized as a way to honor and thank JHS members for giving to VUSN. JHS is the School of Nursing’s donor society, dedicated…

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Vanderbilt School of Nursing to break ground for new building expansion

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) will soon break ground on a new 29,947-square-foot addition connecting to its existing buildings on the Vanderbilt campus. Construction is expected to begin in late spring and be completed in August 2018. “This expansion will strengthen the School of Nursing’s position as one of the nation’s elite nursing…

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Class Notes — Summer 2017

60s Ellen Durham Davis, BSN ‘63, is a consulting associate at Duke University School of Nursing. Cindy Stone Monroe, BSN ‘66, and her husband, Jim, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2016.   70s Marie Annette Brown, BSN ‘70, was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 2016. Beth Colvin…

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Rural need inspired Tennessee’s first nurse-managed clinic

It was only going to be for a few years. Carolyn Whitaker, BSN ‘62, MSN ‘72, agreed to serve as the primary health provider in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, for a few years, and then she would return home to Nashville to work. That was the condition she agreed to when she accepted an Appalachian…

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