Class of 1978

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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Claudia Davis, MSN’78, is assistant professor at the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee (2020). 

Jane Dempster, BSN’78, wrote a letter to the editor about civilian volunteers in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, published by Dallas Morning News in August 2017. She is the hepatobiliary clinical coordinator at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and recently served on the VUSN Alumni Association Board. 

Judy Gunter, MSN’78, is an instructor at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee (2016). 

Alice Howze Martin, BSN’78, spoke to the Opelika Kiwanis Club in Alabama in January 2018. She announced in 2017 that she would run for attorney general of Alabama after leaving her position among the staff of her state's Department of Examiners of Public Accounts. In April 2015, Alice was named chief deputy attorney general for the State of Alabama. 

Katherine Power McCrea, BSN’78, is a certified post-anesthesia nurse at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Nashville (2017). 

Thayer Wilson McGahee, BSN’78, was named dean of the University of South Carolina Aiken School of Nursing in 2015.  

Christina Nyirati, MSN’78, is chair of the department of nursing and director of the nursing program at Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington (2020). 

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. 

Bob Spencer, MSN’78, was quoted by The Tennessean in September 2016, about the nursing program at Freed-Hardeman University in Dickson, Tennessee, where he was named director earlier that year. 

Becca Sander Walters, MSN’78, is owner and provider at Choose Life 2 Live clinic in Castle Rock, Colorado (2020).