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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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Faculty Workshops: August 2015

  Faculty Workshops – August 2015 Intro to Blackboard Date: Monday, August 24 Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Location: Stevenson Center, Room 2200 See map Facilitator: Stacey Johnson, CFT Assistant Director for Educational Technology Audience: Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors Intro to Blackboard is a workshop for instructors new to the Blackboard course management system, or for those…

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VUSN’s Adams and Wolgast Selected as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Professor and Faculty Scholar Susie Adams, PhD, APRN, PMHNP, FAANP, and Assistant Professor and Director of the Healthcare Leadership Program Kelly Wolgast, DNP, MSS, RN, FACHE, have been selected as a Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.  This recognition reflects consistent contributions to the profession of nursing throughout their…

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Students Use Evidence-Based Knowledge in Homeless Community Outreach Project

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing PreSpecialty students in Enhancement of Community and Population Health helped more than 85 members of Nashville’s transient population during a Room In The Inn health event in June, the culmination of two semesters of weekly sessions with a population included those without shelter, homeless Veterans, and those homeless recently discharged…

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VUSN Hosts Simulation Debriefing Workshop

Marjorie Miller, MS, RN, Certified Healthcare Simulation Education, nursing education consultant and lead faculty with the California Simulation Alliance recently presented “Debriefing Dynamics: Essential Elements of Simulation Debriefing” to more than 30 Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) faculty and staff members. In the workshop, Miller discussed simulation as an educational strategy and emphasized the…

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Janie Daddario Retirement Party

Retirement Party for Janie Daddario Please join Dean Linda Norman as we bid farewell to Janie Daddario Tuesday, July 14 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Living Room Click here to RSVP. Click here for a slideshow of Janie at VUSN from over the years!  

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Mark Your Calendars for Reunion 2015

If your class year ends in 0 or 5, save the date for your Vanderbilt School of Nursing Reunion, scheduled for October 22-24, 2015. It’s a great time to catch up with classmates, friends, and faculty mentors. Plus, we’re celebrating the five-year anniversary of the first DNP graduating class. All DNP alumni are invited to…

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Gilmer Selected as Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care Hero

Gilmer has received numerous awards for her research and teaching expertise and has been a leader in several international health projects.  She helped establish the core palliative care service at Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital and is director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Research team. Her newest project is advancing knowledge of pediatric oncology and animal assisted…

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DNP Poster Presentations

Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm Place: Atrium and 140 Frist Hall Contact Mindy Kessler for details  

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Nurses Week: Ice Cream Treat

Purity is available to bring ice cream treats to us on Wed., May 6 to celebrate Nurses Week.  Students, faculty and staff will have access to the freezer in the Atrium starting at 11:30 that day (until supplies run out).

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Cooke Encourages Nurse Practitioner Advocacy and Leadership

Patients should have full and direct access to the health provider of their choice, according to Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Cooke recently presented to a packed audience of faculty, students and members of the community at the Vanderbilt University School Nursing (VUSN). Cooke, who practices…

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