Class of 2010
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.
Molly Bachtel, DNP'10, is featured in a podcast, "Healthcare and Nursing in Georgia amid the COVID-19 Pandemic," hosted by The Nurse Practitioner .
Josephine Bahn, MSN'10, is an acute care nurse practitioner at Meharry Medical Group in Nashville, where she specializes in digestive health (2020).
Marcia Spear Barnes, MSN'99, DNP'10, spoke about wound care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in May 2017, and published "Leadership and Emotional Intelligence: Does It Matter?" in Plastic Surgical Nursing, an electronic journal of American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses in 2015. She edited the book, Skin Grafts: Indications, Applications and Current Research , published by IntechOpen in 2011. She is director of governmental affairs for the Tennessee Nurses Association Board of Directors.
Jeaninne Blackwell, MSN'10, MTS'11, was named head of psychiatric evaluation and medication management services at Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative in Towson, Maryland, in 2021. She had been a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Child & Family Services in New Bedford, Fall River and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Christine Taherian Cahill, MSN'10, joined VUSN as a simulation lab nurse in January 2018.
Cynthia Heilpern Cameron, BS'03, MSN'10, received the Alumni Association President's Award of Distinction presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school's annual awards ceremony in October 2016. She is a nurse practitioner at Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Jane Case, DNP'10, received the Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in November 2022. She is one of two providers who earned a perfect score. She received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from VUMC in October 2021.
Rachel Christian, MSN'10, is an instructor of surgery-gastrointestinal tumor/endocrinology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora (2016).
Katie Cole, MSN'10, co-authored "Dedicated, Proactive, Nurse Practitioner Rapid Response Team Eliminating Barriers," published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September 2019.
Anna Elise Cottle, MSN'10, joined Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology in Oklahoma City in 2015 as a nurse practitioner.
Marlee Crankshaw, MSN'01, DNP'10, was interviewed for the Academy of Neonatal Nursing ANNTalks podcast, "Leadership: Workforce Engagement," recorded in July 2021, and was a panelist for "Compassion Fatigue during COVID-19: How Nurses and NPs Can Stay Grounded," in November 2020, the first VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She co-presented posters, "Implementing the Couplet Care Model When Not Every Baby is a 'Well Baby'" and "Neonatal Staff Engagement Strategies," at the 2019 Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Research Day, and received the Alumni Award for Clinical Achievement in Nursing presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school's annual awards ceremony that October. Marlee is administrative director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.
Kelly Davis, MSN'10, PhD'21, is lead author of "Postoperative Opioid Administration and Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms in Preschool Children after Cardiac Surgery," published in the November issue of the Journal of Pediatric Nursing . She completed her PhD in nursing at Vanderbilt University in May 2021. Her dissertation is "Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms in Preschool Children following Cardiac Surgery." Kelly received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Jerita Payne (MSN'90, MMHC'13) Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award in May 2018, and presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at VUMC that August.
Heidi Dennis, MSN'10, co-presented "Look at Pediatric Sexual Assault Exam Findings and Their Significance within the 2018 Adams Classification Scale," in September 2019 at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice.
Jie Deng, PhD'10, is lead author of "Validity Testing of the Head and Neck Lymphedema and Fibrosis Symptom Inventory," published in Lymphatic Research and Biology in April 2022, and of "Conducting a Supportive Oncology Clinical Trial during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Strategies," published in Trials in November. She co-authored "Advanced Pneumatic Compression for Treatment of Lymphedema of the Head and Neck: A Randomized Wait-list Controlled Trial," published in Supportive Care in Cancer in May 2020, and "Lymphedema Symptom Intensity and Distress Surveys—Truncal and Head and Neck, Version 2.0," published in Lymphatic Research and Biology in November. She co-authored "Chronic Systemic Symptoms in Head and Neck Cancer Patients," and "Late Soft Tissue Complications of Head and Neck Cancer Therapy: Lymphedema and Fibrosis," both published in the August 2019 issue of JNCI Monographs . That month, she co-authored "A Comparison of Symptoms among Patients with Head and Neck or Truncal Lymphedema and Normal Controls," published in Lymphatic Research and Biology . In 2017, Jie received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Research Endeavors, and co-authored "Pain Management," published in Critical Care Nursing Clinics . She was named a 2016 American Academy of Nursing fellow and awarded a research scholar grant by the American Cancer Society to develop and test a self-care program for cancer survivors diagnosed with secondary lymphedema and fibrosis. Jie is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia.
Gary Dodd, MSN'10, authored opinion pieces "Before Solving Opioid Crisis, We Must Empathize with Suffering Americans," published in the Tennessean in March 2022, "What Christians Can Do in Response to the Opioid Crisis," in The Christian Chronicle in June, "What You Don't Know about Fentanyl Can Kill You," in the Tennessean in May, and "Good Exists in Nashville," published on the Alive Hospice website in November 2022. He wrote, "The Practice of Giving Thanks Can Benefit Our Overall Well-being," published by the Tennessean in December 2021. Gary wrote an opinion piece that was published by the Tennessean in April 2020 about community involvement to diminish COVID-19, and was a guest columnist for the Tennessean that July, writing the op-ed, "How to Unite a Divided Country during a Time of Unrest." Gary's opinion pieces have also appeared in ehospice, Forbes Magazine and other media. He specializes in opioid recovery at Cedar Recovery in Middle Tennessee.
Carrie Harland Donnell, BA'05, MSN'10, co-authored "Building a Safe and Healthy America: Eliminating Corporal Punishment via Positive Parenting," published in the March/April 2020 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Health , and "Child Abuse Response Simulation for Advanced Practice Nursing Students," published in the July/August issue of Clinical Nurse Specialist . She co-presented "Child Abuse and Neglect," in May 2018 during Vanderbilt University Medical Center's annual Aprilfest, and presented about child abuse and neglect during VUMC clinical grand rounds in May 2016.
Stuart Downs, MSN'10, DNP'13, was inducted as a fellow by the American Academy of Nursing in October 2022, and was honored with Atlanta's Executive Nursing Leadership Excellence Award in 2018. He is chief operating officer and vice president of WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.
Lauren Eppinger, MSN'10, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant at Academy Children's Clinic in Nashville (2020).
Patricia Estes, MSN'10, was named University of Kentucky Healthcare's first assistant chief nurse executive for informatics in late 2020, overseeing enterprise health information management, regulation and patient safety in health information technology.
Linda Fisher, PhD'10, is director of education and training and program manager of WMSNi at BIF Technologies. She lives in Gig Harbor, Washington (2018).
Jennifer Young Fitzsimmons, BE'07, MSN'10, co-authored "Dedicated, Proactive, Nurse Practitioner Rapid Response Team Eliminating Barriers," published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September 2019.
Sarah Flanigen, MSN'10, is a nurse practitioner at Tidewater Orthopaedic Associates in Hampton, Virginia (2020).
Soraya Fletcher, DNP'10, was on The Bachelor Season 20 and The Bachelorette Season 12 as her daughter, JoJo, competed (2016).
Tara Fox, MSN'10, is a nurse practitioner at TRF Pediatric Health in Indianapolis (2020).
Sara Morris Garner, MSN'10, is a nurse practitioner and certified aesthetic nurse specialist at DeLozier Cosmetic Surgery Center in Nashville. She got married in October 2014.
Melissa Armstrong Glassford, MSN'10, co-authored "Assessment and Treatment of Dizziness and Vertigo," published in The Nurse Practitioner in October 2019. She was featured by the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching in April 2016 on its website, as a junior faculty teaching fellow.
Tiffany Gwartney, MSN'10, DNP'15, is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing in Tampa (2016).
Katy Hansen, MSN'10, PhD'22, coauthored "Career Building for the New Professional Nurse," published in the May 2022 issue of Tennessee Nurse , and successfully defended her dissertation at Vanderbilt titled, "Factors Associated with the Use of Complementary and Integrative Healthcare by Patients with Chronic Pain," in November. She is co-author of "Preference for Telehealth Sustained over Three Months at an Outpatient Center for Integrative Medicine," published in January 2021 in Global Advances in Health and Medicine , and lead author of "A Call to Action: Adoption of Trauma Informed Care in Complementary and Integrative Health Services," in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in February. She led a class at the Vanderbilt Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, "Living Well with Chronic Pain: Skills and Practices," in May, and received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October. Katy was featured in the March 2020 issue of VUMC Voice in a first-person account of using telehealth during the COVID-19 crisis, and was highlighted in the Osher Center summer 2016 newsletter. Katy is a nurse practitioner at the Osher Center.
Shelton Lacy Harrell, MSN'10, is co-author of "Optimization of Patient Scheduling in a Hematology Outpatient Setting," published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in November/December 2021, and was featured in the podcast, "Episode 20: What Happens When Your Work Spouse Leaves," hosted by the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology in June 2020.
Elaine Harwood, DNP'10, is an assistant professor of nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina (2021).
Michele Hasselblad, MSN'10, is co-author of "Using a Learning Health Care System to Advance Nursing and Patient Care," published in Nurse Leader in November 2022. She is one of eight participants to receive the first postdoctoral fellowship from the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare at Ohio State University in August 2021. She served as panelist for the VUSN Alumni Board's annual MSN Know Your Value in January 2020 and 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. Michele became vice president of ambulatory nursing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in May 2019.
Debbie Hawkins, MSN'10, received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2021.
Nicola Hart Hempel , MSN'10, is an acute care nurse practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (2016).
Lana Hirsch, MSN'10, is a women's health nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health in Nashville (2020).
Sharon Holley, DNP'10, presented, "Slossfield Health Center: A Historical Lesson on Improving Social Determinants of Health Using Community Based Care," at the American College of Nurse-Midwives conference in May 2022, and was inducted as a fellow by the American Academy of Nursing in October. She co-authored "Providing Evidenced-Based Care during the Golden Hour," in December 2017, which was published by – and made the cover of – Nursing for Women's Health . In 2016, Sharon was named fellow by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Nurse Administrator of the Year Award. That year, she earned the VUSN Dean's Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Clinical Practice as well as the Sara K. Archer Excellence in Teaching Award from students in the Nurse-Midwifery specialty. Sharon is chief of the Baystate Health's midwifery division and an associate editor of Advances in Family Practice Nursing . She is the first advanced practitioner to have been given a faculty appointment in the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, where she is a clinical associate professor.
Hope Kieft, MSN'10, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at PATHS Community Medical Center in Danville, Virginia (2017).
Pamela Finley Kubal, MSN'10, is an acute care nurse practitioner at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida (2017).
Katy McNeill Jackson Lanz, DNP'10, was chosen as one of four people (and the only nurse) to represent the inaugural health care services advisory team for Dollar General. The news was covered by Becker's Hospital Review , Business Wire and Chain Drug Review . She was featured in ehospice in November 2020 for receiving the Alumni Award for National Leadership presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school's annual awards ceremony in in October. She is founder and chief executive officer of TopSight LLC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.and national director of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Tiffany Latham, MSN'07, DNP'10, was a panelist for "Supporting Nursing Students of Color: Success Strategies from Academia to Practice," in February 2022, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum, and served as co-chair of VUSN's Reunion held in October. She is a nurse practitioner at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Falls Church, Virginia.
Giles Lippard, MSN'10, received the Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in November 2022.
Rene Love, MSN'98, DNP'10, PMC'12, presented at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties conference in April 2022, and was inducted as a fellow by the American Academy of Nursing in October. She was named associate dean for academic affairs—graduate clinical education at the University of Florida College of Nursing in Gainesville, starting in February 2020. She received a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration in October 2018, funding a partnership between the University of Arizona and MHC Healthcare, to increase the pool of psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner doctor of nursing practice graduates able to assist patients with opioid use disorder. Rene was named a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2015, and is a member-at-large of NONPF's board of directors.
Georgianna Mayer, PMC'10, joined Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby, Montana, in August 2019 as a hospitalist.
Manola Valverde Vides McCain, MSN'10, co-presented, "Building Bridges across Practice Sites: Improving Interprofessional Communication and Client Satisfaction with Birth Center to Hospital Transfers," at the American College of Nurse-Midwives conference in May 2022, and co-authored "Strengthening Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Transfers between a Freestanding Birth Center and an Academic Medical Center," published in the November issue of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health . She was interviewed for the website of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, in April 2021 about her career as a certified nurse-midwife. She is a CNM at West End Women's Health Center in Nashville.
Melinda LaLonde McCusker, MSN'10, completed her PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 2016.
Joel Bryan McPherson , MSN'10, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Alvin C. York campus of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Murfreesboro (2016).
Gerald Meredith, MSN'01, DNP'10, was elected by colleagues to a three-year term as an at-large member of the U.S. Veterans Administration Medical Executive Board. He is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with the VA in East Tennessee.
Laura Millener, MSN'10, is a family nurse practitioner at One Medical in Walnut Creek, California (2020).
Anne Rochford Morris, MSN'10, is a nurse practitioner at Wake Forest Baptist Health's Diabetes and Endocrinology Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (2020).
Angela Morris-Manning, MSN'10, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. She is serving in Texas while pursuing a doctorate degree (2017).
Lauren Moss, MSN'10, received the Tennessee Rising Star Nurse Leader Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association, Tennessee Hospital Association and Tennessee Action Coalition in April 2022, and was honored in May as one of 50 outstanding graduates of Belmont University School of Nursing in Nashville, where she is an assistant professor.
Christy Cleveland Noblit, BA'07, MSN'10, was mentioned in a story in VUMC Voice for helping a patient in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center COVID unit arrange to be married days before he succumbed to the virus, and was interviewed by the Nashville Scene in December 2020 in an article honoring health care workers as Nashvillians of the Year. She is a nurse practitioner in the medical intensive care center at VUMC.
Alane O'Connor, DNP'10, received the Alumni Award for Innovation in Health Care, presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school's annual awards ceremony in October 2021. She was named in January 2017 to the board of MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, where she is director of perinatal addiction treatment in Portland. She is also a Maine-Dartmouth family medicine residency faculty member.
Kelly Odum, MSN'10, is a nurse practitioner at TriStar Medical Group's Spring Hill Physicians in Tennessee (2020).
Lauren Palmore, MSN'10, is a family nurse practitioner and certified Botox injector at Crossroads Medical Group offices in Middle Tennessee (2020).
Anika Phillips, MSN'10, is a family nurse practitioner and certified nurse-midwife at Lakeview Birth & Women's Center in Stillwater, Minnesota (2020).
Jaime Pickering, MSN'10, is a certified nurse-midwife at Carolina Women's Specialists in Sumter, South Carolina (2017).
Elizabeth Pratt, DNP'10, is director of clinical effectiveness at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she, among other things, provides leadership and strategic direction toward best practices in improved clinical processes (2022).
Teresa Richardson, MSN'04, DNP'10, is a clinical professor and director of the executive leadership program at the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing in Tennessee (2022).
Anna Richmond, MSN'10, co-presented, "Maximizing the OSCE Simulation Experience: Evaluation of Oral Presentations, Clinical Reasoning and Documentation Skills of Family Nurse Practitioner Students," and "Strategies to Adapting a Pediatric Abuse Simulation from the Face-to-face to the Virtual Environment for Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialties," at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties conference in April 2022. She is the author of "Pediatric Patient with Heliotrope Rash and Proximal Muscle Weakness," published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in June. Anna co-presented, "Improving Outcomes for Patients with Axial Spondyloarthritis in Primary Care," at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners conference in July, where she presented, "Update on JIA for the Primary Care Provider." She is lead author of "Adaptation to Virtual Format of an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Pediatric Physical Abuse Simulation," published in the November issue of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners . Anna co-presented a poster, "Utilization of a Child Abuse Simulation in Hybrid Pediatric and Adolescent Primary Care Course," at the National League for Nursing Summit in September 2021, and is lead author of "Update on Guidelines for Sexually Transmitted Infection Treatment and Management in the Adult and Adolescent Population," published in Nursing Clinics in September 2020. She was featured on the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching website in May 2019 for her part in developing an innovative Pediatric Simulation Day at VUSN. Anna was interviewed in 2018 for a Nurse Educator video about the Vanderbilt CFT's Nursing Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship and was highlighted as a fellow in the Center's newsletter. Anna is an assistant professor at VUSN.
Michelle Ruslavage, MSN'10, DNP'13, was the moderator for "The American Indian Health Care Delivery System: How and Why it Works," in June 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum, and a panelist for "Loan Repayment Programs: What Are They and How Do They Work?" hosted by the VUSN Alumni Board Mentoring Committee in July. She received the Alma Gault Award for Public Service presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school's annual awards ceremony in October 2020, and was deployed earlier in the year to operationalize and perform COVID-19 screenings in Massachusetts at the Boston Logan International Airport quarantine station. Michelle is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, a public health analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an instructor at VUSN.
Blake Salmony IV, MSN'10, joined the VUSN PreSpecialty faculty in June 2021 and is an assistant in medicine in the Vanderbilt Eskind Endocrine Department.
Aaron Scott, MSN'10, was named VUSN Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptor of the Year in August 2022, and received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter 2018 Nurse of the Year Award for advanced practice. He successfully defended his doctor of nursing practice project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated in December 2016.
Patty Sengstack, DNP'10, co-authored "Guidelines for U.S. Hospitals and Clinicians on Assessment of Electronic Health Record Safety Using SAFER Guides," published in JAMA in February 2022, and presented "Lessons Learned during Early SAFER Guide Assessments," at the American Medical Informatics Association event in March. She is cited in the article, "Preparing for the Future: Establishing a National Consensus on Nursing Crisis Documentation," published in Computers, Informatics, Nursing , and contributed to the book, Nursing and Informatics for the 21st Century—Embracing a Digital World, Book 2: Nursing Education and Digital Health Strategies , published by CRC Press, both in April. She presented, "Enabling the Value of Chief Nursing Informatics Officers in Realizing the Impact of Digital Health Leadership on Care Delivery: Best Practices and Opportunities for Healthcare Organizations," and "Lessons Learned during Early SAFER Guide Assessments," at the AMIA Clinical Informatics conference in May. Patty was chair of the Vanderbilt Informatics Summer Teaching Academy in July and became director of the VUSN Nursing Informatics specialty in August. That month, she received the Sara K. Archer Award from VUSN NI students. She co-authored "Do Electronic Health Record Systems 'Dumb Down' Clinicians?" published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association in September, and presented, "Technology Will Resolve the Nursing Workforce Shortage Within 5 Years," at the AMIA conference in November. Patty is co-author of "Contribution of Free-text Comments to the Burden of Documentation: Assessment and Analysis of Vital Sign Comments in Flowsheets," published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in March 2021, and was moderator for "What a Nurse Can Do: The Surprisingly Broad Range of Expertise among Nurses/Nurse Practitioners," in May, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She was promoted to professor at VUSN in June and inducted as a fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics at its annual symposium in October. Patty was named senior associate dean for informatics at VUSN in January 2020, news of which appeared in the Nashville Post . She answered questions about informatics as guest editor of It Takes A Nurse for one week in February, and was interviewed in April by the American Nursing Informatics Association president about how Vanderbilt University Medical Center is reducing electronic health record documentation during the COVID-19 pandemic, setting an example for hospitals and healthcare systems. In May, Patty was interviewed by HealthTech about how advances in technology affect nursing education. She is lead author of "The Six Domains of Burden: A Conceptual Framework to Address the Burden of Documentation in the Electronic Health Record," an official position paper of the ANIA Board of Directors, published in June. Patty co-authored "An Evaluation of System End-user Support during Implementation of an Electronic Health Record Using the Model for Improvement Framework," published in Applied Clinical Informatics in 2019, and co-presented at the American Organization of Nurse Executives annual conference that April. She presented "Can We Stop the Perpetual Growth and Complexity of the EHR and Give Nurses Time Back with Their Patients?" at University of Maryland School of Nursing's Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics in July, and was interviewed by HealthTech in October for an article suggesting organizations confer with nurses before purchasing technology. Patty presented "The Burden of Clinician Documentation in the Electronic Health Record Era," in April 2018 at VUMC, was selected by VUSN students to receive the Dean Colleen Conway-Welch Award for doctor of nursing practice faculty in August, and became director of the nursing informatics program in December. She presented "Improving CAUTI Rates and Prioritizing EHR Enhancements," at VUMC in June 2017, and was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2016. Patty co-authored Mastering Informatics: Companion CNE Course , published by Sigma Theta Tau International in 2015. She is nursing informatics executive at VUMC.
Tony Smith, DNP'10, shared a Children's Emergency Care Alliance EMS Star of Life Award in June 2021 for saving the life of a baby as a Vanderbilt flight nurse. He is also a provider at IRevive Health & Wellness in Nashville.
Missi Willmarth Stec, MSN'05, DNP'10, joined Wilson Health in Sidney, Ohio, in June 2021 as a certified nurse-midwife, and, in September, became a professor at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta. In 2017, she was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Missi is chair of the American College of Nurse-Midwives division of education.
Julia Martin Steed, MSN'10, PhD'18, co-moderated the panel, "COVID Perspectives, Values and Vaccination Hesitancy," presented by the VUSN Diversity and Inclusion Committee in January 2022. In April, she received the Tennessee Rising Star Nurse Leader Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association, Tennessee Hospital Association and Tennessee Action Coalition, and was lead presenter of, "Advocacy among Underrepresented Faculty Group Leverages Advances in Nursing Workforce Diversity at a Predominantly White Institution," at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties conference. She received the VUSN Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion in May. Julia is co-recipient of a Vanderbilt University Sesquicentennial Grant for "Project SHARE: Sharing Strategies for Academic Faculty and Student Recruitment," in fall 2022. She was elected to TNA's Nominating Committee in November for 2023 and 2024. Julia is co-author of "Creating Collaborative Relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Approach to Diversifying the Nursing Workforce," published in Nurse Educator in April 2021, and lead author of "Smoking and Maternal Health: Evidence that Female Infertility Can Be Attributed to Smoking and Improved with Smoking Cessation," published in May in Advances in Family Practice Nursing . She was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN and is one of eighteen Vanderbilt University faculty members named a Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow, both in June. Julia co-authored "A Summer Professional Immersion in Nursing Program for Underrepresented Minority Undergraduate Students," published in the Journal of Nursing Education in October 2020, and welcomed a baby in September 2019. She was interviewed by VUMC Reporter in July 2018 for an article about VUSN hosting undergraduate students from Fisk and Vanderbilt universities and the Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy at Morehouse School of Medicine. The programs expose them to nursing as a career choice.
Clare Storck, MSN'10, was featured in Scout Somerville magazine in August 2017. She is a certified nurse-midwife at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Niki Summers, MSN'10, received the Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in November 2022, and an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from VUMC in October 2021. She is an assistant in medicine specializing in nephrology in Cordova, Tennessee.
Andrea Taylor, MSN'10, DNP'19, is lead author of "Increasing Human Papillomavirus Immunization in the Primary Care Setting," published in The Nurse Practitioner in October 2021.
Lindsay Piper Tedder, MSN'10, was appointed as a member of the advanced practice provider committee of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. She is a gynecologic oncology nurse practitioner at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida (2020).
Zhijian Wang, MSN'10, received the Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in November 2022.
Cassandra Wesnofske, BS'09, MSN'10, is a nurse practitioner at Saint Petersburg Pediatrics in Florida (2020).
Kathryn Nordfors White, MSN'10, is an assistant in medicine specializing in hematology and oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (2020).
Jen Wiles, MSN'10, was interviewed about her career path in the blog OnlineFNPPrograms.com (2017).
Sarah Wilkerson, MSN'10, was nominated in May 2022 for a Vanderbilt University Medical Center award named in memory of the late Jerita Payne, MSN'90, MMHC'13. She co-authored "Medication Order Errors at Hospital Admission among Children with Medical Complexity," published in May 2020 in the Journal of Patient Safety . She is a nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt Pediatric Complex Care.
Janye Wilson, MSN'10, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing in Tennessee (2020).
Cara Calloway Young, MSN'06, PhD'10, received the Colleen Conway-Welch Alumni Award for National Leadership presented by the VUSN Alumni Association during the school's annual awards ceremony in October 2022. She was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2021, and co-authored "A Systematic Scoping Review of Psychological Capital Related to Mental Health in Youth," published in December in The Journal of School Nursing . She was inducted as a fellow of the American Association of Nursing Practitioners in June 2019, and received the Rising Star award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties in April 2018. Cara is an assistant professor at University of Texas Austin School of Nursing and on the editorial review board for The Journal of Nursing Education and Practice .