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The VUSN 4th Annual Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as we salute our veterans “The Influence of Military Medicine” Tuesday November 10th 11:00am – 12:00pm 155 Nursing Annex RSVP for a boxed lunch

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Dean’s Message

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, Fall 2015 at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing began with welcoming a new group of MSN, DNP and PhD students. We have been busy orienting the students and integrating them with our returning students. We have 821 nursing students this year—625 enrolled in the MSN program, 165 in the DNP…

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Selected Works

Journals Abanes JJ, Adams S. Using a web-based patient-provider messaging system to enhance patient satisfaction among active duty sailors and marines seen in the psychiatric outpatient clinic: A pilot study. Nursing Clinics of North America. Jan 2014;49(1),91-103. Akard TF, Gilmer, MJ. Invisible communities of dying children and their loved ones. Palliative and Supportive Care. Oct…

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Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Grants Jie Deng Establishing Lymphedema and Fibrosis Measures in Oral Cancer Patients National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 3/1/2015 – 2/28/2019 $2,408,422   Todd Monroe Age-Related Differences in Psychophysical and Neurobiological Response to Pain National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging 04/1/2014 – 3/31/2016 $431,750   Shelagh Mulvaney…

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VUSN Congratulates new FAANs

 Congratulations to VUSN faculty and alumni who were recently inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing at the annual ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Pictured L to R:  Dean Linda Norman,  VUSN Professor Susie Adams, Cecilia Page (BSN ’79, DNP ’13, Founder’s Medalist), VUSN Assistant Professor Kelly Wolgast (MSN ’93, Founder’s Medalist), Patrick Palmeri (MSN ’00) and…

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Emergency Nurse Practitioner Students Participate in Emergency Medicine Day

Vanderbilt Emergency Nurse Practitioner students participated in the inaugural Emergency Medicine Day of Service this month by assisting at Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Project C.U.R.E helps to bridge the gap in health resources in the developing world, empowering doctors and nurses with the…

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Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Students Help Health Seniors with Medicare Enrollment

Students from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Lipscomb College of Pharmacy volunteered a recent Saturday (Halloween) to help residents of Trevecca Towers in Nashville learn about Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment options as well as provide some health screenings. “Medicare offers many options, and it can be confusing for many people to figure out which…

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VUSN Announces Subscription Agreement with ReelDX

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has entered into an institutional subscription agreement to use ReelDX Education’s real patient video case studies in the School of Nursing’s nursing curriculum. The School of Nursing will integrate ReelDx Education case studies into both their in-person and distance learning programs, including 24/7 access to ReelDx’s 500+ short videos of…

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VUSN’s Jamie Pope Unveils Her Latest Book

VUSN Instructor Jamie Pope, MS, RD, LDN, unveiled her latest book, “Nutrition for a Changing World.” The book represents an accumulation of over three years of research. The textbook was developed for non-nutrition majors in introductory nutrition courses, like the ones Pope teaches for more than 400 Vanderbilt undergraduate students each year. Each chapter uses…

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Mickelson Receives VUSN PhD Student Excellence in Writing Award

Robin Mickelson, MS, RN, PhD(c) and a 5th year PhD student, recently received this year’s Dean’s Award for PhD Student Excellence in Writing. The award recognizes PhD students who demonstrate excellence in writing by an accepted, peer-reviewed first author publication. A selection committee comprised of PhD faculty rate submitted articles based on originality and potential…

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VUSN Grant: Brain Activity and Pain in People with Alzheimer’s Disease

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has been awarded a four-year $660,633 grant by the National Institute of Health/National Institute on Aging under Award Number K23AG046379. The study examines how psychophysical responses to acute experimental thermal pain differs between older adults with and without Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Assistant Professor Todd Monroe, PhD, RN, FAAN,…

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Peter Rohloff lecture, Oct 6, 2015

Dr. Peter Rohloff, Chief Medical Office Founder and medical director of  Wudu’Kawog Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala “Healthcare Delivery in Resource Poor Areas and the Impact of Culture and Native Language on Health Outcomes” Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Nursing Annex 161 Reception to follow

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GAPNA Honors Two Faculty Members

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Assistant Professor Linda Beuscher, PhD, GNP-BC, has been selected to receive the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) Award for Excellence in Research, and Assistant Professor Megan Simmons, DNP, PMHNP-BC, will receive the organization’s first-ever Rising Star Award for serving as a role model to future geriatric nurse practitioners….

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Texas Alumni Event

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alums Kell Douglas BSN ’75, Angela Donahue BSN ’76, and Doug Arrington, MSN ’88, will be hosting a special evening event for VUSN alums, preceptors, students and their guests in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area on Oct. 8.  Dean Linda Norman will share updates about the exciting happenings of…

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School Awarded AANA Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was recently awarded support for a two-year, full-time, in-residence postdoctoral fellowship by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation for a health services research topic related to anesthetic operative phenomena. “The AANA Foundation is providing this support at an important time in health care delivery,” said Ann Minnick, PhD,…

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Honoring of the Hands Celebrates Nurse-Midwifery Student Milestone

A cohort of VUSN nurse-midwifery students was recently recognized at an Honoring of the Hands ceremony held in the School’s Godchaux Hall Living Room.  This ceremony with students, faculty and community nurse-midwives celebrates Nurse-Midwifery Specialty students who are going into their final clinical rotation.  Nurse-midwifery faculty members and community nurse-midwives participate to show their support….

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Professors Honored with Colleen Conway-Welch Awards

VUSN faculty members Mary Dietrich, PhD, MS, and Karen Hande, DNP, ANP-BC, RN, were each recently awarded with the Colleen Conway-Welch Award.  The award recognizes a faculty member in both the PhD program and DNP program who make significant contributions to student learning in their courses and/or encourage the student as their adviser or mentor…

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Notice of CCNE Accreditation Review

The Masters of Nursing Science, the Post Master’s Certificate, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing are scheduled for an accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Oct. 21-23, 2015. As a part of that evaluation and accreditation process, we are notifying our major constituents that…

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VUSN Welcomes Incoming PhD, DNP and MSN Students

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing welcomed 428 new students pursuing Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice or Ph.D. degrees. This year there are 140 new students who have degrees in fields other than nursing who are beginning their pursuit of an MSN degree to become an advanced practice nurse. The school admitted…

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VUSN Alumni Leadership News

Mary Kate FitzPatrick, DNP ’12, has been named chief nursing officer at the University of Vermont Medical Center.  She had been clinical director for Neurosciences and Women’s Health and Neonatal Nursing Divisions at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Read more Christopher Hulin, MSN ’95, was named president of the Middle Tennessee School of…

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