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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,…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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).

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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,…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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…

Posted in Dean's Column, Dean's Letter, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


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…

Posted in Departments, Issue, News Around the School, Spring 2019, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


VUSN By The Numbers

Posted in By The Numbers, Fall 2018, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


Photo Gallery: Fall 2018

  Two groups of Vanderbilt nursing students and faculty spent spring break in Latin America. One — a cohort from the Enhancing Community and Population Health course led by instructor Shelza Rivas,DNP, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, and assistant professor Natasha McClure, DNP, CPNP —traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to assess Primeros Pasos, a rural community clinic for which…

Posted in Fall 2018, News, Photo Gallery, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


Put it in writing and make your wishes known

Many nurses have been there. They’ve provided information and support while distraught family members tried to decide what their loved ones would want in terms of end-of-life care when they couldn’t decide for themselves. Some have been part of an intense, fast-moving team working to save a terminally ill patient’s life after she coded. Others…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Issue, News Around the School, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


A DNP tailored for executive leaders

When Vanderbilt launched its Doctor of Nursing Practice program a decade ago, all DNP students followed an advanced practice track that they tailored to their specific clinical interests. Over the years, VUSN officials heard from potential applicants and students interested in a different curriculum, one focused on specifically strengthening leadership skills. VUSN had been attracting…

Posted in Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


The evolution of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner

For years, Jennifer Wilbeck, DNP, PMC’06, MSN’99, FAANP, pieced together nursing knowledge much like working a jigsaw puzzle. Each course’s curriculum interlocked with teachings from another to form a complete picture of what she wanted to learn. Ultimately, Wilbeck gained instruction from a variety of nursing specialties to learn what she felt she needed to…

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Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Grants Susie Adams Child Protective Services Assessment Track Training Academy VUMC — State of Tennessee 7/1/2018–6/30/2023 $147,727 Michelle Collins Use of Nitrous Oxide During Labor and Birth & Perinatal Outcomes, Development of a U.S. Repository of Nitrous Use Porter Instrument Division — Parker Hannifin Corporation 1/2014–10/2018 $44,100 Terrah Foster Akard Impact of a Palliative…

Posted in Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


Welcome New Faculty

Leanne M. Boehm, PhD’16, MSN’09, ACNS-BC Assistant Professor Boehm focuses on strategies to improve outcomes for the critically ill. She has worked extensively on reducing ICU delirium using an interprofessional evidence-based ABCDEF bundle. Her research interests include interventions to improve interprofessional protocol implementation, adherence and fidelity; ICU peer support and diary programs; and reducing post-intensive…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2018, Features, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News |


Selected Works 2017

Journals Adams S, Morse S, Choi S, Watson C, Bride BE. Substance use and mental health treatment retention among young adults. Global Journal of Addiction & Rehabilitation Medicine. Feb 2017:1(3):5555564. Davidson BT, Allison TL. Improving heart failure patient outcomes utilizing guideline-directed therapy. Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care. July 2017:42(7S Suppl 1):3-14….

Posted in Fall 2018, Issue, Vanderbilt Nurse News |



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