Class of 1988

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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Sharon Adkins, MSN’88, received the Alumni Association President's Award of Distinction presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school’s annual awards ceremony in October 2017, and was honored by Nashville Medical News in May 2016 at its annual Women to Watch breakfast. She retired from the position of executive director of the Tennessee Nurses Association.

Elizabeth Alexander, MSN’88, shared a Top 5 Blue Ribbon Award at the 2019 Vanderbilt Health Professions Education Research Day for her poster, “Interprofessional Simulation between Nursing and Divinity Students: Learning beyond Roles and Checklists,” and co-published on the same topic in the October issue of Science Direct . She collaborated on a poster, “Interprofessional Simulation between Nursing and Divinity Students: Qualitative Findings,” which received a best research poster award at the International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning in June 2018.

Paula Day Bennett, BSN’88, is a registered nurse at Summit Surgery Center in Hermitage, Tennessee (2017).

Martha Buckner, MSN’88, co-presented, “Academic-practice Partnership Supports the COVID-19 Workforce while Meeting Academic Needs for Clinical Experiences,” on the American Nurses Association’s COVID-19 Nurse Innovation Stories blog, posted in 2021. She is co-author of “Impact of COVID-19 on New Graduate Nurses' Transition to Practice: Loss or Gain?” published by Nurse Educator in August/September. Martha is professor, associate dean and executive director of Partners in Nursing at Belmont University School of Nursing in Nashville.

Aimee Carabin, BSN’88, is a registered nurse and back office administrator at Houston Foot and Ankle in Texas (2017).

Nancy Davis, BSN’88, is a group leader in the department of medicine, division of hematology and oncology at the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville, with a sub-specialty of genitourinary cancers. She had lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for 30 years (2017). 

Karen Hughart, MSN'88, was interviewed in April 2020 by the American Nursing Informatics Association president about Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s reduction of electronic health record documentation during the COVID-19 pandemic, setting an example for hospitals and healthcare systems. She was appointed senior director of nursing informatics at VUMC in 2016. 

Elaine Boswell King, MSN’88, is a family nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt Diabetes, where she specialized in endocrinology and metabolism (2020).

Joy Davis Kimbrell, MSN’88, is interim dean, associate professor and director of the Center for Nursing Success at Cumberland University’s Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions in Lebanon, Tennessee (2016).

Sandy Womeldorf Murabito, MSN’88, co-presented, “Academic-practice Partnership Supports the COVID-19 Workforce while Meeting Academic Needs for Clinical Experiences,” on the American Nurses Association’s COVID-19 Nurse Innovation Stories blog, posted in 2021. She is on faculty at Belmont University School of Nursing in Nashville.

Anna-Gene Chalfant O'Neal, BSN’88, MSN’92, MBA’92, was interviewed in March 2019 by Nashville Public Radio for a story about the state of palliative care in Middle Tennessee. She received the Alumni Award for Innovation in Health Care presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school’s annual awards ceremony in October 2018, and is in a video about that year’s Nashville Business Journal's Health Care Awards. Anna-Gene was interviewed in September 2017 by the Tennessean about a program to help providers talk with patients about death, and was honored as Nurse of the Year by the Tennessean in 2015.

Laura Reaves, BSN’87, MSN’88, is co-founder and president of Wellness Solutions in Nashville, a company that provides medical and psychiatric support services to long-term care facility residents across the southeast United States (2017).

Rachel Ricafort, BSN’88, is a physician in a private pediatrics practice in Smyrna, Tennessee (2017). 

Jenny Sandlin Sauls, MSN’88, is a professor at Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing in Murfreesboro (2016).

Christine Patrick Sharpe, MA’71, BSN’79, MSN’88 , of Nashville, passed away February 24, 2021.