Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, announced she will step down from the position June 30, 2021. A transformational leader, Norman has served as dean since 2013 and spent nearly 30 years in various academic and administrative roles at Vanderbilt….
As Vanderbilt University leadership considered whether it could bring students, faculty and staff back to campus safely in the fall, they knew that COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and symptom management were going to be necessary to protect the campus community. Fortunately for Vanderbilt, it has a world-renowned School of Nursing that stepped up to collaboratively…
Recent promotions for VUSN faculty
Three Vanderbilt University School of Nursing assistant deans have been promoted to associate dean, while two faculty members have been named to new roles in the school. Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM, is now the associate dean for clinical scholarship, Kleinpell, who holds the Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education, had been assistant…
“Novel” Alice Randall lecture available for viewing
Author and Professor Alice Randall spoke to an online audience of nearly 300 when she presented the VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 10. The bestselling writer shared how and why fiction can expand our empathy and contribute to respect and caring. Click to view the recorded lecture.
Former faculty and alumna Sue McConnell Jones dies
It was with sadness that we learned that former faculty member and alumna Lenita “Sue” McConnell Jones, BSN’67, MSN’74, died August 29. A Double ‘Dore, she was one of VUSN’s first nurse practitioner graduates as well as one of the first 100 NPs in the U.S. Jones was instrumental in the creation of the first certification process for NPs and enjoyed a long career as practitioner, professor and nursing director.
How to determine if a school is committed to diversity and inclusion
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Rolanda Johnson, PhD’98, MSN, RN, talks to allnursingschools.com on how potential students can determine if a school is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Does the school have a measurable diversity, equity and inclusion plan, for example, or does the school provide a variety of educational opportunities on diversity, inclusion and equity topics? Johnson also recommends that students considering online nursing programs should look for schools that provide the same opportunities for community and inclusion as in-person programs.
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