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VUSN receives federal grants to increase and equip FNPs in rural, underserved areas

  Vanderbilt University School of Nursing received two awards totaling more than $5 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase the number of nurse practitioners working in rural and underserved communities where there aren’t enough primary care providers. In response to the growing need for mental health services, both awarded…

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Alumni and faculty honored as fellows by AAN, AANP and ACNM

Twelve faculty and alumni of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing have been named fellows by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Faculty members Pam Orebaugh Jones, DNP’13, MSN’92, BSN’81; April Kapu, DNP’13, MSN’05; and Jennifer Ezell Wilbeck, DNP, PMC’06, MSN’99; and alumni Kuei-Ru…

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School of Nursing designated Center of Excellence

The National League for Nursing has named Vanderbilt University School of Nursing an NLN Center of Excellence in recognition of its high standards of educational excellence and visionary leadership. The NLN is the nation’s foremost organization for nursing faculty and leaders in nursing education. Designation as a COE signifies that a nursing school has achieved…

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Phillippi to head Nurse-Midwifery specialty

  Julia Phillippi, PhD, MSN’99, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, assistant professor of Nursing, has been named academic director of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery program. She will also co-direct the Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner dual-focus specialty with FNP Academic Director Courtney Pitts, DNP. The Nurse-Midwifery specialty is one of the school’s most competitive programs and is…

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Mariann Piano named to International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

  Mariann R. Piano, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, Senior Associate Dean for Research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) during its 30th International Nursing Research Congress in July. Induction into the Hall of Fame is considered one of the highest…

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Graduates inspire optimism about health care’s future

  The School of Nursing presented degrees to more than 400 graduates during Commencement and investiture ceremonies on May 10. The class included 348 MSN and 56 DNP graduates. An additional five PhD in Nursing Science graduates were honored in separate Vanderbilt Graduate School ceremonies. Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, told the 2019 graduating…

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Atrium dedicated to former dean Colleen Conway-Welch

  The atrium in the new $23.6 million Vanderbilt University School of Nursing building has been named after former dean Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, FAAN, FACNM, who served as dean for 29 years and is credited with transforming nursing education at Vanderbilt and nationally. The Colleen Conway-Welch Atrium serves as the main entrance to the school…

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Vanderbilt again named best school for men in nursing

The American Association for Men in Nursing has again recognized Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as a best school for men in the nursing profession. In informing the school of the honor, the AAMN wrote that VUSN “easily meets the qualifications to be deemed a 2019 Best School for Men in Nursing.” AAMN recognition must…

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VUSN mourns mental health advocate, forensic pioneer and professor Joyce Laben

  Tennessee inmates with mental illness owe a debt of gratitude to Professor of Nursing, Emerita, Joyce Laben, JD, MSN, FAAN. It was her pioneering work as director of forensic services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health in the 1970s that instigated procedures for them to be evaluated and treated in a humanly and…

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Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Research Grants Susie Adams Integrated Addiction Medicine Project Meharry Medical College Health Resources and Services Administration 7/1/19–6/30/24 $213,937 Terrah Akard Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow Vanderbilt University 7/1/19–6/30/21 $80,000 Terri Allison DNP Nurse Practitioner Outcomes and Workforce Implications American Association of Nurse Practitioners 9/26/18–12/31/19 $3,000 Leanne M. Boehm Discovery Grant Vanderbilt University 7/1/19–6/30/21 $100,000 Leanne M. Boehm…

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Welcome New Faculty

Debra Arnow, DNP’11, MSN’96, NE-BC Associate Professor Arnow has more than 25 years in nursing leadership and clinical nursing expertise. As Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, she oversaw that facility’s American Nurse Credentialing Center Magnet recognition. Her executive expertise includes clinical outcomes, operations, financial…

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Selected Works 2018

JOURNALS Richardson L, Adams S. Cognitive deficits in patients with depression. Journal for Nurse Practitioners. July 2018;14:437-443. Adams S, Rice MJ, Jones SL, Herzog E, Mackenzie LJ, Oleck LG. Telemental health: Standards, reimbursement and interstate practice. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. July 2018;24(4):295-305. Akard TF, Duffy M, Hord A, Randall A, Sanders A,…

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Vanderbilt nurses for life

What inspires 14 busy nursing professionals to dedicate hours of their valuable free time to their alma mater? From organizing networking events to honoring outstanding fellow alumni, the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Board helps connect graduates back to the school. Meet your alumni board and learn what they want you to know about…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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).

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