Although outside the three year required range for this report, the following two historical matters are of special importance to VUSN and must be acknowledged.
- 1962: Roy Moncrief. VUSN admitted men into the nursing program as early as 1962. Roy Moncrief was the School’s first male graduate and was awarded his BSN in 1966.
- 2006: Michael Gooch, DNP, AC/F/ENP (currently assistant professor at VUSN) was the first male nursing graduate (MSN) to be awarded the Vanderbilt University Founder’s Honors Medal at graduation 2006.
- Luther Christman Award: The Luther Christman Award was established in 1998. The award is presented annually to the student who demonstrates excellence in implementation of clientcentered care that integrates theoretical knowledge into clinical practice, sound clinical judgment, effective communication and client advocacy that is reflective of professional nursing throughout the student’s PreSpecialty clinical experiences. Until his death, Dean Christman returned to Vanderbilt each spring to present the award named in his honor to the recipient.
- 2015: Joseph Bailey, an AGPCNP program student at VUSN, received the Julia Hereford Scholarship Award.
- 2016 – 2018 Jonas Nurse Scholars: Twelve doctoral students (pictured above) were named Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Health care at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Four of the 12 students are men: J.T. Seaman (DNP student), C. Robert Bennett (PhD student), Paul Ambrefe (PhD student) and Raymond Romano (PhD student).
- 2016: K23 Research Award, Todd Monroe PhD, RN (VUSN Faculty)
- 2018: VUSN’s Iota Chapter, founded in 1953, is the eighth oldest chapter in nursing’s honor society, Sigma Theta Tau. This spring 10 male students were inducted into the Iota Chapter. This year’s induction ceremony speaker was Alvin Jefferys, PhD, RN, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University Department of Biomedical Informatics.
- Cultural Diversity Day Poster Presentations 2016, 2017 and 2018: Annually, the VUSN Black Student Nurses Association sponsors Cultural Diversity Day to engender a deeper intellectual, emotional, and moral understanding of various cultures. Voluntary poster presentation is an important activity of VUSN Cultural Diversity Day. Several male nursing students present posters each year to promote cultural health awareness and understanding. Their posters frequently address relevant and timely men’s health issues. Many of the posters presented by male students have subsequently been presented at the Tennessee Nurses Association Annual Convention and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Nursing Research Day.