Class of 1974

Every VUSN graduate has exciting things happening in her or his life, both professionally and personally.  Class Notes – printed twice a year in the Vanderbilt Nurse Magazine and available online on this page – is an opportunity for you to not only learn what other alumni are doing but also share news about your life.  We would love to hear what you've been up to! Please contact us with any updates, or call 615-322-4836. 

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Jean Couts Bigger, MSN’74, and her husband, Bill, were featured in the Tennessean in April 2020 for a story about their experience as COVID-19 patients at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. 

Kathy Baldridge Byington, BSN’74, was featured on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s website in its Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight. She is a case manager at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital (2018). 

Janet Darfus, BSN’74, received the 2014 Fleming A. Thomas Faculty Information Literacy Award at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.  

Mary Fran Gorman Hazinski, BSN’74, co-authored “P-COSCA (Pediatric Core Outcome Set for Cardiac Arrest) in Children: An Advisory Statement from the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation,” and “Part 2: Evidence Evaluation and Guidelines Development: 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care,” published in Circulation in October 2020. 

Beth Colvin Huff, BSN’74, MSN’79, received the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Distinguished Service Award in 2016. 

Beth Inman Jordan, BSN’74 , of Sea Island, Georgia, passed away October 25, 2016. 

Sue McConnell Jones, BSN’67, MSN’74 , of Nashville, passed away August 29, 2020. 

Betsy Flitcraft Larsen, BSN’74 , of Dayton, Ohio, passed away June 3, 2020. 

Deborah Wade Price, BSN’74 , of Spartanburg, South Carolina, passed away January 19, 2019. 

Vaughn Gaston Sinclair, BSN’74, MSN’78, PhD’82, is lead author for “Associations between Changes in Resilient Coping and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms,” published in Research in Nursing and Health , February 2020. She co-authored “A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing the Impact of a Web-Based Multimedia Intervention Versus an Educational Pamphlet on Patient Outcomes in Breast Cancer Survivors with Chronic Secondary Lymphedema,” published by Journal of Women’s Health in July 2019.