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School of Nursing awards record number of DNPs during Commencement

School of Nursing awards record number of DNPs during Commencement

Last week’s Commencement marked a milestone for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing when it awarded 73 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees, the greatest number since the program began in 2008. The school also awarded the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to 326 graduates during the investiture ceremonies on Branscomb Quadrangle. An…

Nursing Pinning ceremony marks program completion

Nursing Pinning ceremony marks program completion

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recognized graduating Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice students during a traditional Pinning ceremony on Thursday, May 10, at Nashville’s Scarritt Bennett Center. Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, greeted the approximately 250 students and guests and gave…

Brenna Gillis, MSN, DNP, is 2018 VUSN Founder’s Medalist

The 2018 Founder’s Medalist for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is Brenna Gillis, MSN’15, DNP. Gillis, who concluded her DNP work in August 2017, graduated with a 4.0 GPA — her second. Gillis is also an MSN alumna who earned a 4.0 in her master’s studies in 2015. Now a certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, Gillis provides mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in Rutherford County.

Assistant Dean Rolanda Johnson named Vanderbilt Pioneer

Rolanda Johnson, PhD’98, associate professor and assistant dean for academics, was honored as a Vanderbilt Pioneer during a portrait unveiling at Vanderbilt’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center this month. The Vanderbilt Pioneers program salutes women and minorities who were the first in university leadership roles. Johnson was recognized as the first African American to hold a vice-chair position in Vanderbilt’s Faculty Senate and as the first African American assistant dean of academics at VUSN. Striking photographs of the honorees taken by Vanderbilt Professor of Philosophy Lucius Outlaw Jr. can be viewed at the center.

Alumna Judy Lea reflects on a career and life helping others

After two years as an arts major, Judy Jackson Lea, BSN’69, set her sights on Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and never looked back. “By the second year I knew I loved maternal/child health with an interest in public health,” she said. Read more

Natasha McClure announced as the new faculty head of house for North House in The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Natasha McClure is the first Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty member selected to head one of Vanderbilt’s residential colleges. The North House in The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons is one of Vanderbilt’s undergraduate residences dedicated to an expanded student living and learning experience. As faculty head of house, Natasha will reside in North House along…

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