Class of 2000

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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Terri Allison, PMC’00, was named Distinguished Alumna of Auburn University School of Nursing in Alabama in August 2020. She is assistant dean for academics and director of the doctor of nursing practice program at VUSN.

Angel Anthamatten, MSN’00, co-authored “Pharmacologic Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Common Chronic Conditions,” published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in March 2020, and received the Sara K. Archer Award from students in VUSN’s family nurse practitioner specialty in August. She co-wrote “Development of an Interprofessional Home Healthcare Management Service within an Urban Housing Development,” published in the September/October 2019 issue of Home Healthcare Now , and “Assessment and Treatment of Dizziness and Vertigo,” published in The Nurse Practitioner in October. She received the 2016 VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Informatics Endeavors. 

Russ Branch, MSN’00, is lead author of “Environmental Surface Hygiene in the OR: Strategies for Reducing the Transmission of Health Care-associated Infections,” published in the October 2020 issue of the AORN Journal . He earned his doctor of nursing practice from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in December and is a nurse anesthetist at Gastroenterology Anesthesia Associates in Atlanta.

Heather Carter-Templeton, MSN’00, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2020. She is an associate professor at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in Tuscaloosa whose research links informatics with evidence-based practice.

Duke Chenault, MSN’00, DNP’16, wrote about thyroid awareness in the December 2020 issue of Health & Wellness , the Vanderbilt faculty and staff newsletter. He was interviewed for "Don't Get Tricked by Halloween Treats," in the October-November 2017 issue of Vanderbilt Health and Wellness' Connection newsletter, and about skin exposure safety in its June-July 2016 issue. 

Michael Cull, MSN’00, posted “Resilience Reconsidered,” on the TCOM Conversations blog in March 2020. He is associate director for safe systems at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Innovation in Population Health and associate professor in the UK Department of Health Management and Policy, both in Lexington.

Holly Gillon, MSN’00, retired in August 2017 from her career with the Veterans Administration in Nashville.

Erin Hardiman, MSN’00, co-authored “The Disruptive BEhavior ManageMEnt ANd Prevention in Hospitalized Patients Using a BehaviORal Intervention Team (DEMEANOR) Study Protocol: A Pragmatic, Cluster, Crossover Trial,” published in Trials in May 2020. She is a child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner at Wellness Solutions in Nashville (2018).

Nancy Hollingsworth, MSN’00, MBA’00, is president and chief executive officer at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California (2017).

Tara King Holmes, BE’96, MSN’00, is a nurse practitioner at Valley Health’s Urology Clinic of Winchester in Virginia (2020).

Christine Machicao, MSN’00, is a nurse practitioner at the Children's Clinic in Saint Louis, Missouri (2018).

Amanda Bailey McNeely, BE’98, MSN’00, wrote “It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday!” published in the October/December 2020 issue of Plastic Surgical Nursing , as she finished her term as president of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses.

India Medley, MSN’00, was profiled on the website of the North American Division of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in September 2020. She is vice president and chief nursing officer at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., managed by Adventist HealthCare.

Brittany Huffman Nelson, BA’00, MSN’01, was selected by VUSN students to receive the Sara K. Archer Award for the pediatric nurse practitioner primary care specialty in August 2018. 

Donna Noland, MSN’00, was featured in et online in February 2020 in a story about her marriage to the East Tennessee State University president and life as ETSU’s “first lady”.

Robert Palmer, BE’98, MSN’00, PhD’05, co-presented a fundamentals of critical care course at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June 2019.

Patrick Palmieri, MSN’00, was promoted in 2020 to vice chancellor for research at the Universidad Norbert Wiener in Lima, Peru, where he had served as dean of the school of nursing. He now oversees a team of researchers, methodologists, statisticians, analysts and assistants. He co-presented a poster, “Resilience Levels and Family Function of Vulnerable Adolescents Residing in a Shelter in Peru,” at the Sigma Theta Tau Congress in July 2019, and was named the Margaret Jean Watson Distinguished Professor at the Escuela de Enfermería of the Universidad Norbert Wiener. In 2018, Patrick was elected to chair the board of directors of the Sigma Foundation for Nursing. He leads a team of researchers in Peru that has been studying HIV/AIDS with grant assistance from Spain and the European Union. He was awarded the degree doctor honoris causa by the Universidad María Auxiliadora in Peru in October 2016, and co-authored the book, Global Advances in Human Caring Literacy , published that November. He founded the Instituto Nacional de la Enfermería del Peru.

Lateesa Posey, MSN’00, is a nurse practitioner at DeVito & Alvarado Pediatrics in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York (2020).

Sheila Ridner, MSN’00, PhD’03, is lead author of “L-Dex, Arm Volume and Symptom Trajectories 24 Months after Breast Cancer Surgery,” published in Cancer Medicine in January 2020. She co-authored “A Qualitative Examination of Patient Priorities and Preferences during Treatment Decision-making for Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer,” in Supportive Care in Cancer , both in May, and “Implementing a Prospective Surveillance and Early Intervention Model of Care for Breast Cancer-related Lymphedema into Clinical Practice: Application of the RE-AIM Framework,” published in June in Supportive Care in Cancer . In October, “Measuring Functional Status in Huntington's Disease,” which she co-authored, was published in Movement Disorders . Sheila is lead author of “Lymphedema Symptom Intensity and Distress Surveys—Truncal and Head and Neck, Version 2.0,” published in Lymphatic Research and Biology , and was featured, along with her research, in Vanderbilt’s MyVU in November. She retired from her role as Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing and director of the VUSN PhD in Nursing Science program in December. Sheila was named American Cancer Society ResearcHERS ambassador in May 2019. Her research on measuring the risks for developing lymphedema appeared in spring 2019 in BusinessWire , HealthDay , Medscape , U.S. News , Yahoo Finance and other media outlets , and, later, in Oncology Times , Journal of Women’s Health , Lymphatic Research and Biology and The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience . She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in July 2017 and the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Hall of Fame in November of that year. Sheila received the 2016 VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Research Endeavors. She co-authored "A Prospective Study of the Lymphedema and Fibrosis Continuum in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer," published in the December issue of Lymphatic Research and Biology , and cited as one of the journal's most widely read, circulated and cited articles. She is the principal investigator on a bioimpedance spectroscopy technology project for ImpediMed and is featured in an educational webinar about a proposed standard of care that may help people with lymphedema.

Cindy Scott, MSN’00, was interviewed by WKRN in Nashville in October 2020 regarding early voting in national elections.

Dawn Vanderhoef, MSN’00, PMC’13, co-authored “Implementation of a Collaborative Smoking Cessation Referral Process in a Psychiatric Setting,” published in the Journal for Interprofessional Education & Practice in March 2020, and was voted by students in VUSN’s psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specialty to receive the Sara K. Archer Award in August. She presented “Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: A Treatment Team Approach,” at the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association conference in March 2019. Dawn was selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s 2018 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, and was interviewed about the role of neuropsychology nurses in mental health treatment that April on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio. She presented “Wait, What Mood Disorders are on a Spectrum? Identification of Mood Disorders in Primary Care,” at the TNPA conference that yeat. Dawn received VUSN's Sara K. Archer Award for outstanding contributions to student learning in the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specialty in August 2017. She was selected as a fellow of the American Association for Nurse Practitioners in 2016, and received the 2015 Award for Excellence in Education from the American Nurses Psychiatric Association.  

Amy Williams, MSN’00 , of Nashville, passed away June 17, 2017.

Sarah Streibig Wray, BA’98, MSN’00, co-authored “Transforming a Face-to-Face Legacy Intervention to a Web-based Legacy Intervention for Children with Advanced Cancer,” published in the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing in February 2020, and “Randomized Clinical Trial of a Legacy Intervention for Quality of Life in Children with Advanced Cancer,” published in the Journal of Palliative Care Medicine in September.