Class of 1976

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. And, when posting on social media please tag us! #VUSN

Look below for news from your classmates as of December 31, 2022. Items received since July 1, 2022 are shown in red font.

Sally Samoriga Cherner, BSN'76, retired in September 2017 after a career in the pediatric operating room and psychiatry.

Angie Berry Donahue, BSN'76, was elected secretary of the Texas Medical Association Foundation board of directors in August 2019. TMA is the largest state medical society in the U.S. and she is the only non-physician on the board.

Marilyn Dubree, MSN'76, was inducted as a fellow by the American Academy of Nursing in October 2022. She was a panelist for "What COVID-19 Taught Us about Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners...and Their Patients," in May 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum, and is co-author of "Development and Testing of an Advanced Practice Clinical Advancement Program within an Academic Medical Center," published by the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in September. In October, she celebrated her 45th year at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she is executive chief nursing officer, and was a speaker for "The Future of Nursing Education," hosted by the VUSN Dean's Office. Marilyn spoke on behalf of nurses at a press conference in May 2020, where Nashville Mayor John Cooper issued a proclamation honoring Nurses Week. In June, she received the Advocate State Award for Excellence for Tennessee from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She co-authored "Development and Testing of an Advanced Practice Clinical Advancement Program within an Academic Medical Center," published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in July, and "Empowering Nurses: Creation of a Peer-reviewed Journal as a Catalyst for Innovative Nursing Research and Enhancing Evidence-based Nursing Practice," published in The Journal of Nursing Administration in July/August. Marilyn co-authored "Assessing and Addressing Practitioner Burnout: Results from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Health and Well-being Study," published in November 2019 in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners . She was published in The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research , Volume 1, Issue 1, in May 2018. She received the VUSN Dean's Award for Outstanding Service to Faculty and Students in May 2016, and was inducted into the YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement in Nashville that October.

Frances McGaughy Edwards, BSN'53, MSN'76, was interviewed for the front cover of Tennessee Nurse in August 2022 for "What Aspect of My Career am I Most Proud Of?" and for the Me and My Friends podcast in September 2021, which was featured in Main Street Nashville that November.

Margie Nicks Gale, BSN'73, MSN'76, was a panelist for "Compassion Fatigue during COVID-19: How Nurses and NPs Can Stay Grounded," in November 2020, part of the VUSN Dore to Dore Alumni Forum. She co-presented "Burnout and Compassion Fatigue and Essential Interventions," in April 2018 during Vanderbilt University Medical Center's advance practice grand rounds and at VUMC Octoberfest. In 2017, she was interviewed for "Beating Clinician Burnout," in Media Health Leaders and co-presented "Burnout and Compassion Fatigue," during VUMC's Aprilfest. Margie presented "Green Dot: A Bystander Initiative to Prevent Lateral Violence," at the 2015 National Magnet Conference. She is a nurse wellness specialist at Vanderbilt Work/Life Connections.

Betsy Kerr Hay, MSN'76, was named president of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt University in 2016. 

Shirley Feldkamp Lowman, MSN'76, PhD'84 , of Nashville, passed away March 21, 2019.

Anne Atkinson Moore , BSN'76, MSN'81, is assistant vice president of women's health services at Peppy, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. She was director of medical affairs, women's health at Mayne Pharma, senior medical science liaison for AMAG Pharmaceuticals, and Mid-Atlantic liaison with national thought leaders and various health care professionals (2022).

Lesley Mortimer, MSN'76, is a contributing author of the book, Pandemic Home Care, revised for COVID-19, published in 2020.

Christine Benz Smith, BSN'76, was interviewed in July 2019 by the Chattanooga Times Free Press for an article about the shortage of nurses in that city. She is the director of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing.

Judy Stone , BSN'76, works with children ages three to 22 at the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville (2016).