VUSNPride logoVUSNPride is a vibrant and influential community that fosters social engagement, networking and a sense of belonging. We provide support and mentorship for VUSN applicants and students across all programs, and strive to create a culture of safety for all LGBTQ+ students. We are an avenue for addressing any issues that may arise for the community and we are a place to call home. 

Please reach out to one of our faculty advisers or student leader for more information or support. 

Upcoming Events 

  • Monday, October 14th, 12-12:50pm in NA 162: VUSNPride Monthly Meeting (for those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community)
  • Wednesday, October 16th , 6:30pm in NA 167: Screening of How to Survive a Plague (open to anyone at VUSN)
  • October 28th – November 18th: Oasis Snack Food Drive (Open to anyone at VUSN)
  • Monday, November 18th , 12-12:50pm in NA 162: VUSNPride Monthly Meeting and Oasis Snack Food Packing (Open to anyone at VUSN)

Student Leadership 

Laura Woodwick
Laura WoodwickLaura (she/her/hers) is in her second year in the Master of Nursing Science program, with a specialization in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. She is a proud Double ‘Dore, originally graduating with a BA in Public Policy in 2015. Laura also serves as the recording secretary for VUSN’s Honor Council and co-facilitator of the Queer Graduate and Professional Students Affinity Group. She is so proud to be working with VUSN’s blossoming LGBTQ+ population, and excited to see what the next year brings. Email Laura Woodwick 

Faculty Advisers

Dr. Tom Christenbery
Tom ChristenberyTom Christenbery joined the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty in 2000. His areas of scholarly interest include program evaluation and evidence-based practice. Tom is co-faculty adviser for VUSN’s chapter of the America Association of Men in Nursing. In addition, Tom is a faculty sponsor for VUSNPride and the Queer Graduate Professional Student affinity group (Queer GPS). Email Dr. Christenbery

Dr. Sarah Fogel
Sarah FogelSarah Fogel serves as the program director for the program of studies designed specifically for RN students (ADN and diploma nurses). She has been on the Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty for many years and brings a wealth of experience to the needs of the working adult learner. In addition to her interest in nursing education, Sarah is involved in community and adult health and has an international reputation for her work in sexual minority health disparities focusing on obesity among lesbians and bisexual women. Email Dr. Fogel

Dr. Michael Gooch
Michael GoochMichael Gooch is board certified as an Acute Care, Family, and Emergency Nurse Practitioner and has more than 20 years of emergency and critical care experience. His current focus is in emergency and transport nursing. At Vanderbilt, he coordinates the advanced pharmacotherapeutics course for the AG-ACNP program and primarily works with the Emergency NP program. Michael has completed over 1,400 patient transports with the Vanderbilt LifeFlight transport program and practices in an area emergency department as an Emergency NP. Email Dr. Gooch