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Making an Impact

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is a collective of nurse scholars and educators who are constantly moving forward on behalf of our students and the profession of nursing through teaching, research, practice and informatics.  The following links include a sampling of some of these accomplishments from 2014. Currently Funded Grants and Contracts Welcome New Faculty Selected…

Posted in Fall 2015, Features, Issue | Tags: ,


The Frailty Factor

Little did Marilyn Kronsbein realize that her annual outdoor Christmas light decorating project in 2013 would land her in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma Department. A series of surgeries, plus months of follow-up and rehabilitation, have kept her from returning home for nearly two years. Long-admired by her family for her self-sufficiency and strength…

Posted in Fall 2015, Features, Issue | Tags: ,


Experts of Normal

After co-authoring a landmark study demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of birth center care, Cara Osborne, SD, CNM, took the data published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health (JMWH) in 2013 one step further. She put the findings right into practice. With the help of a financial backer, Osborne opened a birth center…

Posted in Fall 2015, Features, Issue | Tags: ,

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A Patient’s Best Friend: The impact of animal-assisted therapy on children with cancer

A national study of young cancer patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and four other sites doesn’t focus on experimental medications or therapies, or even the doctors and nurses who administer them. The most important member of this health care team is a tiny 10-pound toy Pomeranian named Swoosh. The “medication” being studied comes in…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2015 | Tags: ,

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On All Fronts: Finding ways to restore quality of life for cancer survivors with lymphedema and other conditions

Robert Carver Bone, MD, beat cancer, but there was another foe lurking behind him. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 head and neck cancer that was successfully treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, but he wasn’t the same as before. “I couldn’t open my mouth to take a bite of food, my neck was tight…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2015 | Tags: ,

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Q+A: An Interview with Leslie Hopkins

  Leslie Hopkins, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP-BC, ANP-C, director of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) specialty, shares why our nation’s aging population, referred to as a “silver tsunami,” and health care reform are coming together to make Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nursing a very smart career choice. Which patients can an Adult- Gerontology Primary…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2015 | Tags: ,


Onward & Upward: VUSN’s continued momentum in the areas of currently funded grants, new faculty and selected works of research.

There is a sense of excitement permeating throughout the School.  Leadership, faculty, students and staff are building momentum and advancing the School’s mission in new and profound ways.  We welcomed new faculty who will further infuse our community of clinicians and scholars.  We celebrated the many professional accomplishments of our faculty, several of whom serve nursing…

Posted in Fall 2014, Features, Issue | Tags: ,

Illustration by Michael Austin

Scholarly Works Soar: Nursing Practice Reaches New Heights

Curiosity, critical thinking and continuous learning are requirements for successful nursing students and faculty alike. The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently launched its Scholarly Practice Program, which empowers non-tenure track faculty to seek answers for their clinical practice. “Our faculty are extremely talented professionals, each focused on their individual areas of interest. This program…

Posted in Fall 2014, Features, Issue | Tags: ,

Marian Dudley, left, has been dealing with heart failure for nearly 10 years.  She calls Melissa Smith a “lifesaver” for her consistent care. Photo by Susan Urmy.

Connecting the Dots: Seamless Care Results in Better Outcomes

For people with a chronic illness, leaving the hospital after an acute episode can be overwhelming, confusing and scary. They have many medications to juggle, may struggle to remember their providers’ instructions, and have to fight social barriers like transportation to the pharmacy or grocery and missed work or school days. With all of these…

Posted in Fall 2014, Features | Tags: ,


Serving the Never-served

When the Clinic at Mercury Courts opened in the summer of 2012, the staff expected to be inundated with patient visits. Designed to provide medical care for people and families transitioning from homelessness and other poverty situations, the clinic on Murfreesboro Road is located within a 5-mile radius of 12 properties serving low income and…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,


Q+A: An Interview with Sarah Fogel

Vanderbilt Nurse recently sat down with Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN, director of the newly re-named Associate Degree in the Science of Nursing to MSN (ASN to MSN) program. Fogel has more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse and nursing educator on top of her first career as a concert violist.  She has been on faculty…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,


Spreading Their Wings

In the dictionary, a preceptor is “an instructor; teacher; tutor.” At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, a preceptor is one of the most important roles in the evolution of a nursing student. Preceptors are one-on-one mentors responsible for training students during clinical placements. They help students take what they have learned in the classroom and…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2014 | Tags: ,


Fast Forward: Dean Linda Norman

When she was just 9 years old, Linda Norman knew that she wanted to become a nurse and a teacher. She just didn’t know how far she would go. Parents Harold and Becky Boggs told Linda at a young age that she was adopted. They wanted her to know how wanted she was. As an…

Posted in Fall 2013, Features, Issue, News | Tags: ,


Q+A: An Interview with Terri Donaldson

Vanderbilt Nurse recently sat down with Terri Donaldson, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Donaldson has nearly 30 years of experience in cardiac and critical care nursing, has been on faculty since 2001, and became the DNP program director in 2012. She shares why the DNP is one of the…

Posted in Fall 2013, Features, Issue | Tags: ,


Nursing without borders

  Carol Ziegler’s great-grandfather was a Rough Rider, charging into battle with Theodore Roosevelt during the Spanish-American War. He had an intimate view of the effects of foreign intervention and hammered into his descendants that cultures were to be respected, not interfered with. The night she graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Family Nurse…

Posted in Fall 2013, Features, Issue | Tags: ,


Q+A: An Interview with Betsy Weiner and Tom Christenbery

Sigma Theta Tau International’s Iota Chapter was founded in 1953 at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  In honor of the group’s 60th Anniversary, Vanderbilt Nurse sat down with Senior Associate Dean of Informatics Betsy Weiner and Tom Christenbery, professor and IOTA Chapter president, to discuss the history and future of the organization. What is Sigma…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2013 | Tags: ,


Lights. Camera. Action.

Nutrition instructor Jamie Pope lectures to her students on the power of superfoods, with a rainbow-colored collection of nutrient-rich fare on the table before her and a green screen draped behind her. Her class is 50,000 students strong and growing. Except for a throng of studio lights, camera equipment, computers and a teleprompter, not a…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2013 | Tags: ,


The Colleen Conway-Welch Legacy

In 1985, after Colleen Conway married Ted Welch, she signed an informal written agreement between the two of them that she would resign as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing after five years. Eight years later Welch lovingly tore up the agreement and handed her the pieces. Twenty-nine years later Conway-Welch is stepping…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2013 | Tags: ,

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Q+A: An Interview with Mary Ann Jessee

  VUSN’s Pre-Specialty Level of the MSN program is thriving with more than 160 incoming students each year, representing a variety of non-nursing educational backgrounds.  After serving as interim director and leading the faculty through a major curriculum revision, Mary Ann Jessee, MSN, RN, became Pre-Specialty director in May 2012.  Recently, she sat down with…

Posted in Fall 2012, Features, Issue | Tags: ,

Photograph courtesy of the drug enforcement agency

Crystal Clear

The putrid smell of her own flesh burning was not enough to make Jade Wilhite seek medical attention. She was following the methamphetamine user code: do not get caught. The day she tilted her head back to administer what she thought was a soothing liquid for her tired, irritated eyes, was the day her loyalty…

Posted in Fall 2012, Features, Issue | Tags: ,

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