Class of 2013

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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Susie Adams, PMC’13, co-authored “Associations between Changes in Resilient Coping and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms,” published in Research in Nursing and Health in February 2020, and was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Hall of Fame in September. She co-authored “Advancing Community-engaged Research through Partnership Development: Overcoming Challenges Voiced by Community-academic Partners,” published that fall by Project MUSE. Susie co-presented a poster, “Nursing Staff Attitudes toward Medically Hospitalized Patients who are Homeless and Have Mental Illness,” at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference in October.

She was named 2019 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She was quoted in NP Schools for “Tennessee NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority” in 2018.

Caitlin Allen, MSN’13, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Lovelace Medical Group in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2019).

Soheyl Asadsangabi, MSN’04, DNP’13, manages and staffs the Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health clinic that opened in July 2016 in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee.  

Sara Atteberry, MSN’13, and her husband were featured on NBC’s Today Show website in May 2015 for the organization they started, the Sing Me a Story Foundation.  

Bronwyn Backstrom, MSN’13, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana (2016).

Stacey Browning, MSN’13, DNP’15, is assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro in the Department of Nursing and the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences (2018). 

Britney Hagy Broyhill, BS’06, MSN’08, DNP’13, co-authored "Developing and Expanding APRN and PA teams," published by American Nurse in December 2020. She received the Pinnacle Award from Atrium Health in November 2019. She presented at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute meeting and at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, both in 2018. Britney received the VUSN Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2016.

Pamela Bruce, MSN’13, DNP’15, was a panelist for the VUSN DNP Know Your Value program in January 2020. She is director of quality and clinical transformation for Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network in Nashville.

Eterial Burrell, MSN’13, participated in a VUSN women's health nurse practitioner alumni panel in August 2017.

Mollie Carter, MSN’13, is an emergency department nurse practitioner at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina (2016).

Taaka Cash, MSN’12, DNP’13, opened Privy Oasis psychiatric mental health care for children, adolescents, adults and geriatric people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas (2016). 

Melissa Chaney , MSN’13, works at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas (2016).

Avni Cirpili, DNP’13, returned to Nashville in December 2018 to become chief nursing officer for Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Vanderbilt Behavioral Health. 

Lydia Rice Colin, MSN’13, is a family nurse practitioner at Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, Illinois (2016).

Courtney Cook, DNP’13, co-authored “Acute Pericarditis: Best Practices for Nurse Practitioners,” published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in November 2020. She was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN.

John Derrick, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner specializing in neonatology, autism spectrum disorders and neurodevelopmental delays at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Network in Tacoma, Washington. He was appointed in 2020 as the first clinical director for MedFest in Washington State, an event during which athletes are medically evaluated for participation in Special Olympics.

Jessica DiNisco, MSN’13, is community facilitator at Wild Heart Meditation Center in Nashville. She presented "Compassionate Presence: A Mindful Approach to Care," in May 2017 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Angela Douglas, MSN’13, was honored by the Girl Scouts in May 2019 as one of the North East Ohio Women of Distinction for her work mentoring aspiring nurses, completing medical missions and serving as a coach and science Olympiad volunteer. She is an assistant lecturer at Cleveland State University and a nurse practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic.

Kellie Douglas, BS’12, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner at Rose Pediatrics in Denver, Colorado (2020).

Stuart Downs, MSN’10, DNP’13, was honored with Atlanta, Georgia’s Executive Nursing Leadership Excellence Award in 2018. He is chief operating officer and vice president of WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.

Sara Dalby Drysdale, MSN’13, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Carle Hospital, in Champaign, Illinois (2016).

Dionne Duplantier, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner at Saint Thomas Community Health Center in New Orleans, Louisiana (2017).

Samantha Eagle, MSN’08, PMC’13, presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August 2018.

Valerie Garcia, MSN’13, is the founder of Chosen Medical Staffing, a nurse-owned staffing agency in Nashville (2020).

Jessica Gardner, MSN’13, became an adjunct clinical faculty member at Louisiana State University of Alexandria in July 2015.  

Sarah Davis Gast, PMC’13, DNP’15, received the Sara K. Archer Award from the students in the VUSN adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner specialty in August 2020, and presented "Evaluation, Assessment and Differential Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen," at the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association conference in October 2019. She is co-director of VUSN's doctor of nursing practice Critical Care Fellowship and an assistant professor.

Brittney Goldfarb, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner in cardiac surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois (2018). 

Amber Greeno, MSN’13, was profiled as a Pioneer of Hope at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (2018). 

Teri Greer, MSN’13, is a women's health nurse practitioner at the Women's Health Group of Franklin, Tennessee (2016).

Ali Grubbs, MSN’13, co-directs a bachelor’s in emergency nursing program for nurses at Georgetown Public Hospital Corp. in Guyana, in collaboration with the University of Guyana and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2018). 

Margaret Hamilton, MSN’13, DNP’15, is a nurse practitioner in dermatology at the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic in Tennessee (2016).

Megan Wenk Hammerbeck, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner at Regional Health in Rapid City, South Dakota (2018). 

Karen Hande, DNP’13, received funding from the VUSN Faculty Scholarship Program for “Exploring Measurements of Competencies and Outcomes among Accredited NP Fellowships,” in April 2020. She is lead author of “Supporting Student Success: A Meaningful and Efficient Teaching Strategy to Document Practice Hours,” published in Nurse Educator in July. She received the VUSN Ingeborg Mauksch Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring the same month. In August, she accepted an Oncology Nursing Foundation award as well as a National League for Nursing scholarship. An article Karen co-authored, “Social Boundaries in Young Adult Females with Down Syndrome as a Foundation for Sexuality Education,” was published in October in the American Journal for Sexuality Education , and she presented at the National League for Nursing Summit about her experience as an American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program fellow. Karen was interviewed in April 2019 by CBS News about cannabidiol (aka CBD) oil, and was inducted as a fellow of the American Association of Nursing Practitioners that June. She co-wrote “Leveraging School Nurse Expertise to Meet Children’s Health and Nutrition Needs in Afterschool Programs,” published in NASN School Nurse , and “Mentoring Nursing Faculty: An Inclusive Scholarship Support Group,” published in Nurse Educator , both in September. In 2018, Karen published in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research, Volume 1, Issue 2, and co-authored “Developing Best Practices to Mitigate Opioid Abuse Is a Priority in Cancer Care,” published in Oncology Live (it appeared on the front cover). That year, she co-authored “Appreciative Advising Pilot Study: An Innovative Approach to Advising Doctor of Nursing Practice Students,” published in Nurse Educator with a podcast on the same subject. She was interviewed for a Nurse Educator video about the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching’s Nursing Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship. Karen was selected by VUSN students to receive the DNP program's Dean Colleen Conway-Welch Faculty Award in October 2017. She received the 2016 VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Academic Endeavors, and was named a 2015 American Nurses Advocacy Institute fellow by the Tennessee Nurses Association.

Nicole Herndon, MSN’92, DNP’13, was elected to two terms as Tennessee state chair of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She is corporate director of women's and pediatric services at Community Health Systems in Nashville where she, among other things, serves as expert resource in maternal-child, women's health and pediatric/newborn services. She is a member of the American Nurses Association Nursing Scope and Standards advisory council and the American Nurses Association’s Workplace Violence and Incivility Professional Issues Panel (2016). 

Christin Huff, MSN’13, is an instructor at VUSN (2018). 

Linda Hughlett, MSN’04, DNP’13, is director of women’s services at Region One in Memphis, Tennessee, where she oversees 500 full-time employees (2018). 

Craig Hutto, MSN’13, was interviewed by the Wilson County Post (Tennessee) in June 2016 regarding his experience surviving a shark attack. 

Skyler Jacobs, BS’11, MSN’13, is an assistant in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2019).

Therese Jamison, DNP’13, was recognized in Crain's Detroit Business in November 2016 for her position as founding director of the nursing program at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

Kimberle Jones, PMC’13, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, Tennessee (2016).

Pam Orebaugh Jones, BSN’81, MSN’92, DNP’13, was featured in Vanderbilt’s MyVU for a January 2021 story about her leadership of the university’s COVID-19 public health central command center. She co-authored “A Systems Approach to Addressing Covid-19 Health Inequities,” published in NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery that month. In March 2020, she was appointed to serve on the Vanderbilt University Public Health Advisory Task Force, formed as a resource during the pandemic, and spoke at two town hall meetings in July to share information about COVID-19 with faculty, staff, students and families, as well as about VUSN’s leadership in campus contact tracing and educating patients. Pam was named a Women to Watch by Nashville Medical News in May. She moderated the VUSN Alumni Board’s DNP Know Your Value event in January 2019, and was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing that October. Pam met with Surgeon General Jerome Adams in May 2018 while he visited Vanderbilt, and received the Rebecca Culpepper Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center the same month. She was honored as the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter 2018 Nursing Administration Nurse of the Year. Pam received the State Advocate Award from American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2015.

Keri Jordan, MSN’13, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Pediatrix in Nashville (2016).

Amanda Jurls , MSN’13, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, specializing in children and adolescents at Centerstone Clinic in Nashville (2017).

Florencia Kantt, MSN’13, published "A Letter to a Suicidal Transgender Teen," on the @kevinmd blog. She received an award from Lane County, Oregon for her post “Straightforward Office Visit with a Teenager Turns to Something Much More,” on the @KevinMD blog in December 2015. 

April Kapu, MSN’05, DNP’13, was elected president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in April 2020. An opinion piece she wrote about full practice authority in Tennessee was published in the Tennessean in May. April is lead author of “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 , and was interviewed by Medical Ethics Advisor for “Burnout Prevention Is Central Ethical Concern for Hospitals,” both in July. She presented “Crisis and DNP Opportunity: Practice and Policy during COVID,” in October at the doctor of nursing practice summit hosted by the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and co-authored "Developing and Expanding APRN and PA Teams," published by American Nurse in December. April received a Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation in February 2019, and presented “NP Value: Know Your Why and Know Your Worth,” at the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association conference in March. She co-presented “Preventing Burnout,” and “Deployment of NPs to Combat America's Opioid Crisis,” at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June, and co-authored "Dedicated, Proactive, Nurse Practitioner Rapid Response Team Eliminating Barriers," published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners , and “Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in Acute and Critical Care: A Concise Review of the Literature and Data 2008–2018,” in Critical Care Medicine . April was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October, and shared the spotlight with Dean Linda Norman to receive the American Association of Colleges of Nursing New Era for Academic Nursing Award for a partnership between VUSN and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She co-authored “Assessing and Addressing Practitioner Burnout: Results from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Health and Well-being Study,” published in November in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners . In 2018, April was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education. She was director of the VUMC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp, and was published in VUMC’s The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research , Volume 1, Issue 2. She received funding from the Fellows of the AANP to recruit participants and conduct an expanded advanced practice registered nurses Choosing Wisely collaborative study in 2017, and co-directed the sixth annual ACNP/PA Critical Care Boot Camp at VUMC that September. She co-presented “Optimized Efficiency and Effectiveness: Impact of an Academic Medical Center APRN Workflow Analysis,” at the National Magnet Conference, and received the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Clinical Nurse of Distinction Award, both in 2015.  

Cathy Karunaratne, MSN’13, is a clinician at AdventHealth’s Center for Sleep Disorders in Central Florida (2020).

Rachel Kromer, MSN’13, co-authored “Imagining an Orientation Built on Trust,” published in the January/February 2020 issue of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development , and was quoted in a December VUMC Reporter story about the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s biennial Nursing Staff Bylaws Convention, the first to be held virtually. She is an editorial board member of The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research and was published in its second issue in November 2018. 

Jessica Bell Luckman, MSN’13, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at Providence Urogynecology Center in Medford, Oregon (2019).

Misti Lynn, MSN’13, started an integrative health practice, Halcyon Health of the Southwest, in Las Cruces, New Mexico (2018). 

Jasmyne Lyons, MSN’13, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Psychiatric Consultants of Tennessee in Clarksville, an outpatient facility serving primarily Tricare/military-based individuals. She is also at Pennyroyal Community Mental Health Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, treating children and adolescents (2017).

Misti Martinez, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner with Gastroenterology and Hepatology Associates in Hendersonville, Tennessee (2018). 

Travis McCall, MSN’13, published “Caring for Patients from a School Shooting: A Qualitative Case Series in Emergency Nursing,” in the Journal of Emergency Nursing in September 2020. He presented a poster, “Caring for Patients from a School Shooting: A Qualitative Case Study in Emergency Nursing,” at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Research Day 2019 poster session.

Karen McIntosh, MSN’13, was recognized in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette in April 2020 for her new position on the board of WelcomeHealth in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Maggie McLoughlin, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner at Centric Physicians in Boerne, Texas. She provides psychiatric care for a mostly geriatric population in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities (2018). 

Mary Muchendu, MSN’13, DNP’15, was photographed for the June 2018 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine for an article about the university’s ’Dores of Distinction program. 

Liz Munoz, MSN’13, was featured by the Nashville Scene in January 2020 for a story about the Vanderbilt Volunteer Doula Program she and VUSN faculty started when she was a student. Liz is the program’s nurse-midwifery liaison and is pursuing her doctor of nursing practice at Vanderbilt. She received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Women's Health Nurse of the Year Award in December 2016.

Hilary Murphy, MSN’13, is a family nurse practitioner at STRIDE Community Health Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado (2020).

Kaitlin Neary, MSN’13, moved to Austin, Texas, in November 2018, where she is a heart failure nurse practitioner at Seton Hospital, working on an inpatient heart failure team. She recently served on the VUSN Alumni Association Board.

Ken Nelson III, MSN’11, DNP’13, was interviewed in January 2020 by WFRV about the early stages of coronavirus in the United States. He served as moderator for the VUSN DNP Know Your Value program that month, and was interviewed in September by Up North News about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in rural areas of Wisconsin. Ken is a member of the VUSN Alumni Association Board and chief nursing officer at both HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary's Hospitals in Green Bay.

Nicole Mercer, MSN’13, is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwives Melrose and West End Women’s Health Center in Nashville. She was interviewed by My Southern Health in December 2018, for an article about the advantages of seeing a nurse practitioner. 

Joseph Ojibway, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health in Nashville (2020).

Zoe Harran Panizzi, MSN’13, joined FirstHealth Behavioral Services in Southern Pines, North Carolina, as a nurse practitioner in February 2018.

Sam Paris, MSN’13, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, Tennessee (2016).

Brittany Powell, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner at Health Central Women’s Care in Dallas, Texas (2016). 

Jacqueline Renner-Bangura, DNP’13, and her husband are owners and practitioners at Cape Sierra Family Clinic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2017).

Bethany Andrews Rhoten, MSN’09, PhD’13, is lead author of “A Qualitative Examination of Patient Priorities and Preferences during Treatment Decision-making for Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer,” published in Supportive Care in Cancer in May 2020, and “Priorities and Preferences of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer for Discussing and Receiving Information about Sexuality and Perception of Self-report Measures,” in The Journal of Sexual Medicine in August. She co-authored “Randomized Clinical Trial of a Legacy Intervention for Quality of Life in Children with Advanced Cancer,” published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine in September, and “Measuring Functional Status in Huntington's Disease,” published in Movement Disorders , and “Assessing Preferences in Patients with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Phase I and II of Questionnaire Development,” in Cancers , both in October 2020. That month, VUSN announced that she is co-primary investigator for OUT: The National Cancer Survey, a research project to document experiences of LGBTQI+ people with cancer. Bethany was named one of three Valere Potter Distinguished Dean’s Faculty Fellows at Vanderbilt in June 2019. That year, she received the Sexual Tipping Point Mental Health Award from the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the MAP Education and Research Foundation, and co-authored “A Comparison of Symptoms among Patients with Head and Neck or Truncal Lymphedema and Normal Controls,” published in Lymphatic Research and Biology . Bethany received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Nurse of the Year Award for research and was selected by VUSN doctoral students to receive the Dean Colleen Conway-Welch Award for PhD faculty, both in 2018. She was awarded an American Cancer Society grant in 2017 to investigate the impact of head and neck cancer treatment on a patient's sexuality. She is an assistant professor at VUSN.

Helen Ramsey Rominiecki, MSN’13, joined the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2019, as a nurse practitioner.   

Lydia Rotondo, DNP’13, is the associate dean for education and student affairs and director of the doctor of nursing program at the University of Rochester School of Nursing in New York (2016). 

Michelle Ruslavage, MSN’10, DNP’13, received the 2020 Alma Gault Award for Public Service from the VUSN Alumni Association in October, and was deployed earlier in the year to operationalize and perform COVID-19 screenings in Massachusetts at the Boston Logan International Airport quarantine station. She is a captain in the United States Public Health Service, a public health analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and instructor at VUSN.

Michele Sazama, DNP’13, is an adult nurse practitioner at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinic in Gilbert, Arizona (2018). 

Jessica Rogers Searcy, MSN’13, DNP’15, welcomed a baby boy in March 2018. She was selected by VUSN students to receive the Sara K. Archer Award for the women’s health nurse practitioner specialty in August 2017 and 2018.

John Shields, DNP’13, received the Clinical Excellence Award from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in Madison, in June 2016. 

Lauren Barber Shurson, MSN’13, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing in Tuscon. 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 .

Megan Simmons, MSN’05, DNP’13, welcomed a son in July 2020 and a daughter in March 2018. She spoke about mental and emotional health in older adults during Vanderbilt's January 2017 Boomers, Elders and More series, and earned the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association’s first-ever Rising Star Award in August 2015.  

Edward Sizemore, DNP’13, is a family nurse practitioner for KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates in Clay City, and an instructor at University of Kentucky College of Nursing in Lexington (2018). 

Ben Small, Jr., MSN’13, is a research nurse at the Vanderbilt Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Nashville (2020).

Ebony Smith, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner at Regional One Health—Memphis, Tennessee, where she works in ambulatory and inpatient care for high-risk pregnancies (2020).

Jud Smith, MSN’13, received the 2020 VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award for Faculty in July 2020.

Andrea Sporck, MSN’13, is an in vitro fertilization nurse practitioner at Nashville Fertility Center (2020).

Shannon Morris Stevenson, BA’11, MSN’13, welcomed a baby girl in November 2020.

Meredith Stringer, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner in the neurosurgery section of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and an instructor in surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, both in Lebanon, New Hampshire (2020).

Jennifer Tourville, MSN’13, DNP’16, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Nursing (2020).

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.  

Lauren Watts, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner at Unity Medical Center in Antioch, Tennessee (2017).

Tim Wilson, MSN’13, DNP’14, is in the PhD program at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, as a William Randolph Hearst Scholar (2016). 

Briana Witherspoon, MSN’11, DNP’13, presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August 2018. She co-presented “Advanced Practice Fellowship: Supporting Transitions to Practice,” at VUMC in May 2018 during Aprilfest. 

Kathy Davis Yoder, DNP’13, coroner for McLean County, Illinois, gave a presentation to the public in Bloomington in February 2019 about the effects of opioid abuse.