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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…

Posted in Departments, Fall 2019, Features, Issue, News Around the School |


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…

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


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,…

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


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…

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


Patient-oriented discovery

  What drives a nurse-scientist? A problem to be solved, curiosity, observation, inquiry and passion — and a deeper, simpler motivation. Nurses want the best outcomes for their patients. Nurse-scientists and researchers are determined to find ways to make them happen. For Terrah Foster Akard, PhD’08, MSN’01, it was wanting to help parents like a…

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From Vietnam to Vanderbilt

Duc Pham, MD’98, often speaks about how lucky he has been in his life. He recounts acts of kindness by teachers who helped him succeed in school, by organizations that offered him scholarships to attend medical school, and by the United States for welcoming his family after they fled Vietnam following the Vietnam War. Pham…

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Partnership for diversity

Clark Atlanta University junior ShaVaughn Thomas admits she knew little about nurse practitioners and their role in patient care, but after taking part in an intensive, hands-on summer program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, she not only knows what advanced practice nurses do, she has great respect for their contributions. “Coming into the program,…

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Making an Impact

Every day, every hour, Vanderbilt nurses make an impact. They do so in patient care, helping patients and families and collaborating with colleagues and co-workers. They do so in education, imparting knowledge to the next generation of nurses and advanced practice nurses and academic leaders, then sharing best practices with fellow educators all over the…

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New School of Nursing Building on a sunny spring day

Where technology and wellness combine (New SON Building)

The sun-filled four-story atrium in Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s new expansion is a hub of connectivity. A professor and student sit on the bench under the monumental staircase consulting a laptop screen. Across the gray tile floor, a dozen students work on laptops, tablets and smartphones at tall tables. In the lobby’s raised landing…

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Whatever it took (New SON Building)

The School of Nursing building owes its existence to the 2008 Great Recession. Then-Dean Colleen Conway-Welch and her team knew that the school’s growth would require expanded space for teaching, faculty offices and clinical training. She knew just where to get it: add two floors on top of Patricia Champion Frist Hall, which had been…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2019 |


Vision-sharers (New SON Building)

Bringing the School of Nursing expansion from concept to reality required commitment, teamwork and vision. One group of exceptional people brought all three: our generous donors. They are friends, foundations, alumni and parents of past students — all committed to excellence, advancing knowledge and ensuring that our students are well prepared to take their places…

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’Doreway on 21st Avenue (New SON Building)

Set back from 21st Avenue South with an open circular drive, the new Vanderbilt University School of Nursing building seamlessly extends from historic Godchaux Hall to present a wide, welcoming face to the world. Gone is the parking lot that fronted Godchaux, and the magnolia trees that blocked the view of the school have been…

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2019 |


Celebration to remember (New SON Building)

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing threw wide the doors to its new building Jan. 22, 2019, and welcomed donors, health care leaders and other guests for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration that included building tours and demonstrations highlighting its state-of-the-art technology.

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2019 | Tags: ,


A climate of caring

Carol Ziegler, DNP’12, MSN’06, spent her younger years discussing climate change with her environmentalist father, but it wasn’t until a trip to Kenya in 2009 that she saw the direct impact it could have on every aspect of a society.

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2019 | Tags: ,


Strong, visionary and unforgettable

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing lost two trailblazing and visionary icons just 80 days apart in 2018 – one a longtime dean who transformed nursing education at Vanderbilt and nationally, and the other a champion of nurse practitioners and founder of the school’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2019 | Tags: ,


A foundation of collaboration

Tucked away in an Olin Hall conference room on the Vanderbilt University campus, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure. Each team must time their progress.

Posted in Features, Issue, Spring 2019 |


The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation: Three decades of impact

On clinic day every week, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing student Brooke Hazen gets to the hospital early. Her 12-hour day starts at 6:30 a.m. with the charge nurse’s report on patients and case review with an instructor before hands-on patient care begins.

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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…

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


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 |



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