Class of 2014

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 June 30, 2022; items received since Jan. 1 are shown in red font.


Sarah Allen, MSN'14, is a family nurse practitioner at the Family Health Center in Ashland City, Tennessee (2016).

Sean Anderson, MSN'14, was recognized in Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Discover blog in 2019 for a reference tool he created to help nurses care for stroke patients.

Ally Thompson Bateman, BA'12, MSN'14, DNP'16, was a panelist for "Kids and Navigating the Pandemic: A Lesson in Resilience," in January 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She and her husband, Yates, BE'14, are listed on a Vanderbilt Development and Alumni Relations Valentine's Day website about couples who met while students at the university. Ally is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Green Hills Family Psych in Nashville.

Brooklyn Beaupre, MSN'14, is a cardiology nurse practitioner at Mountain States Medical Group in Johnson City, Tennessee. She is a former member of the VUSN Alumni Board (2019).

Cindy Blalock, MSN'14, received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2021. She was featured in the April 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine for her inspiring weight loss story.  

Sarah Bloom, MSN'14, was interviewed by the Nashville Scene in December 2020 in an article honoring health care workers as Nashvillians of the Year. In August 2018, she presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she is a nurse practitioner in the medical intensive care center.

Laura Bowling, BA'12, MSN'14, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at VIP Midsouth Children's Clinic in Hendersonville and Portland, Tennessee (2021).

Debra Burch, MSN'14, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis (2022).

Jessica Burke, MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner working with liver transplant patients in the Henry Ford Health System in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan (2018).

Rachelle Burleson, DNP'14, was named chief nursing officer of Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Enid, Oklahoma, in December 2016.

Brynn Atchley Byers, MSN'14, was named among Champions of Health Care by the Chattanooga Times Free Press in September 2021.

Meagan Hingle Casey, MSN'14, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children's Hospital in New Orleans, where she was the first PNP in its emergency department fast track program (2016).

Melody Castillo, MSN'14, co-authored a chapter in the book, Best Practices in Midwifery, 2nd ed. , published by Springer Publishing in August 2016. She is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner at Golden Valley Health Center's women's health clinic in Merced, California.

LaTonia Chalmers, MSN'14, is president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2021).

Meredith Chin, MSN'14, is a family nurse practitioner at Scripps Health in Solana Beach, California (2020).

Susan Butler Ching, MSN'14, is a certified acute care pediatric nurse practitioner at Phoenix Children's Medical Group (2018).

Holly Cline, MSN'14, was a panelist for the VUSN Alumni Board's annual MSN Know Your Value in January 2020, and co-authored a chapter on hepatitis C treatment in an e-book, Sexually Transmitted Infections, An Issue of Nursing Clinics , published by Elsevier Health Sciences that August. She was featured in a WKRN-Nashville story in July 2019 about her experience with Nurse Corps and the nursing shortage. Holly is an adult nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health in Nashville.

Beverly Cotton, DNP'14, was a panelist for a discussion that followed a presentation by U.S. Congressperson Lauren Underwood to members of the VUSN community and for two VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forums, "The American Indian Health Care Delivery System: How and Why it Works," in June 2021, and "SANE: Improving Outcomes for Survivors of Sexual Assault," that October. She was quoted by the Neshoba Democrat and WTOK-TV for leading an Indian Health Service critical response team from Tennessee at the Choctaw Health Center near Philadelphia, Mississippi, in June 2020, to assist in COVID-19 care. Beverly was named director of the Nashville Area of the IHS in February 2019. 

Jenny Cotton, MSN'14, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Nursing Professional Development Award in May 2018.         

Julie Craig, MSN'14, moved to Georgetown, Texas, in 2019, where she works at Concentra.

Cindy Cunningham, PMC'14, joined Fellowship Health Resources in Georgetown, Delaware in May 2016 as a nurse practitioner. She was named as the state's top mental health nurse by the Delaware Nurses Association. 

Colleen Cusick, MSN'14, DNP'17, is director of materials management and general services at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore (2021).

Joni Bauguss Cutshall, MSN'14, is a family nurse practitioner at the Family Health Center in Ashland City, Tennessee (2016).

Stefani Davis, MSN'14, DNP'16, is a women's health nurse practitioner at Ohio Breast and Cancer Surgeons in Columbus (2016).

Christa DeGrazia, MSN'14, is a women's health nurse practitioner at Peak Medical Clinic in Medford, Oregon (2017).

Stacey Denver, DNP'14, is executive director for pediatric outpatient services for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2021).

Mira Desai, MSN'14, was a panelist for "COVID, Quarantining and Geriatrics: How Can We Help Elders Stay Safe and Strong This Winter?" in December 2020, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She is lead telehealth nurse practitioner at Oak Street Health in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Dietrich, MSN'14, was a panelist for "Transition to APRN Practice," hosted by the VUSN Alumni Board Mentoring Committee in August 2021. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Professional Care Services of West Tennessee in Covington.

Jenna Dillon, MSN'14, is a women's health nurse practitioner at Swan Urogynecology in Nashville, Dickson and Mount Juliet, Tennessee (2020).

Marjorie Eiland, MSN'14, was named the 2021 Preceptor of the Year by the VUSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care specialty. She is a nurse practitioner at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics in Hoover, Alabama.

Ekom Essien, BS'10, MSN'14, served as moderator of "Kids and Navigating the Pandemic: A Lesson in Resilience," in January 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum, and was a panelist for "Transition to APRN Practice," hosted by the VUSN Alumni Board Mentoring Committee in August. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Maple City Health Care Center and on faculty at Goshen College, both in Indiana, and a member of the VUSN Alumni Board.

Claire Harper, MSN'14, presented, "Advocacy as a Tool for Growth and Diversity in the Midwifery Workforce," at the American College of Nurse-Midwives conference in May 2022.

Megan Harvey, PMC'14, is a pediatric intensive care unit advanced practice provider at the Children's Medical Center Dallas, working with critically ill newborns to age 21, in the areas of respiratory, neurology, neurosurgery, trauma, cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal, hematology/oncology, endocrine and chronic disease processes and services. She is an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner clinical faculty member at Texas Technological University Health Sciences Center (2019).

Brittany Hollibaugh Haskell, MSN'14, co-authored "Remembering and Honoring Tennessee Nurses Who are Deceased as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic," published in Tennessee Nurse in December 2021. She published "Identification and Evidence-based Treatment of Post–acute Withdrawal Syndrome," in January 2022 in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners , and presented, "Creating Healthy Work Environments," at the Sigma conference in March. She co-represented VUSN at a plenary session at the Creating Healthy Work Environments conference in April on how the school was deemed a Sigma Academic Healthy Work Environment Award workplace. She co-authored "Simulated Home Visit to Promote Chronic Disease Management Competencies in Prelicensure Nursing Students," published in June in Nurse Educator . Brittany is a board member of the Tennessee Nurses Foundation. She was named a Rising Star Nurse Leader in February 2021 by the Tennessee Action Coalition, Tennessee Nurses Association and Tennessee Hospital Association. She presented at the Tennessee chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association at its annual conference in April, and was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in June. In October, Brittany co-presented a poster, "Structured Debrief: From Theory to Integration," and spoke on, "Mental Health Virtual Escape Room," at the APNA annual conference. She is author of "Suicide Assessment and Follow Up Care," published in American Nurse in December. Brittany was featured in February 2020 on the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching website in its Junior Faculty Spotlight. She is lead author of "Easing the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 for Nurses," published in April in American Nurse , "Impact of a Standardized Patient Simulation on Behavioral Health Nurse Resident Confidence and Satisfaction in Learning," in the July/August Journal for Nurses in Professional Development , and "Easing the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 for Nurses: An Update for Tennessee Nurses," published in the summer issue of Tennessee Nurse . Brittany co-authored "Treating Child and Adolescent Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care," and "Treating Child and Adolescent Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Behavioral Disorders in Primary Care," both in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September. She was a panelist for "Compassion Fatigue during COVID-19: How Nurses and NPs Can Stay Grounded," in November, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. Brittany was named to the CFT Junior Faculty Fellows program in August 2019 and received her doctor of nursing practice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in October 2018. Her project is titled "Bridging the Gap: A Standardized Patient Facilitated Simulation for Behavioral Health Nurse Residents." 

Kimberly Hatchel, DNP'14, was featured on the Stirring the Shot podcast, "#AskTheCNO," in November 2021, and was named chief nursing officer at Blake Medical Center in Sarasota, Florida, in July 2019. She had been CNO of KentuckyOne Health.

Tanicia Washington Haynes, MSN'14, is the author of "The Importance of Skincare," published in the February/March 2022 issue of the Vanderbilt Connection newsletter (page 3). She is a nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center occupational health clinic.

Aaron Hirsch, MSN'14, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Five Pillar Leader Award in May 2016. 

Elizabeth Huggins, MSN'14, co-authored "Dedicated, Proactive, Nurse Practitioner Rapid Response Team Eliminating Barriers," published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September 2019.

Josh Hughes, MSN'14, is the star of the 2017 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment video. He is a nurse practitioner at Tri-Cities Community Health in Pasco, Washington.

Kelsey Skillas Hunger , MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner at CHI Saint Luke Hospital in Houston, Texas, caring for patients who have undergone heart transplant or left ventricular assist device surgery (2017).

Katie Dremann Justice, MSN'93, PMC'14, is on staff at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City (2017).

Melanie Keiffer, DNP'14, is vice chair of graduate programs and a clinical professor at the University of Vermont in Burlington. She had been an associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions (2021). 

Nancy Kendall, MSN'14, is an advanced practice registered nurse at University Health Services Manoa in Honolulu, treating University of Hawaii students and staff (2019).

Janna Jones Kersh, MSN'14, is a certified nurse-midwife at Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists in South Carolina (2016).  

Hannah Wachtmeister Kestner, MSN'14, DNP'16, welcomed a daughter in May 2022. She is one of eighteen Vanderbilt University faculty members named a Junior Faculty Teaching fellow in June 2021. She welcomed a baby boy in August 2020, and her proposal was accepted for funding from the VUSN Faculty Scholarship Program in October for the project, "Assessing the Value of Interprofessional Simulation and Home Visits in Improving the Level of Nursing and Pharmacy Student's Core Competencies in Interprofessional Education Collaboration." Hannah is an instructor in the PreSpecialty program at VUSN.

Christian Ketel, DNP'14, co-received the Vanderbilt Martin Luther King Jr. Award in January 2022 for developing and leading the Vanderbilt Mobile Vaccine Program, and was a panelist for "COVID Perspectives, Values and Vaccination Hesitancy," presented by the VUSN Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He presented, "Resilience in a New Normal," at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's Community Outreach and Engagement Program in February and was featured that month in Daily Nurse . He was inducted as a fellow of the National Academies of Practice in March, and presented, "Academic Practice Partnerships," at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties conference in April. In May, the VMVP co-founders received an American Association of Nurse Practitioners award (covered by Nashville Post and Vanderbilt University Research News ), and Christian was honored as a Nurse Hero by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Nursing. He co-authored "Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care for Women," published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing , and was promoted to associate professor at VUSN in June. He is co-founder and co-leader of the VUSN/VUMC Mobile Vaccine team that has been actively providing COVID-19 vaccines and boosters throughout Middle Tennessee, covered in 2021 by Fox 17, NewsChannel 5, Tennessee Tribune and WSMV. He is lead author of "Suicide Detection and Treatment in a Nurse-led, Interprofessional Primary Care Practice: A 2-year Report of Quality Data," published in The Nurse Practitioner in April, and, "Nurse Practitioners as Gatekeepers for Suicidality: Asking Can Save a Life," on The Nurse Practitioner blog, published in June. He co-authored "Education to Improve Point of Care Documentation in Home Care Nurses: A Quality Improvement Project," in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing in July. Christian spoke at the VUSN Alumni Board's annual DNP Know Your Value in January 2020 and was a panelist for "Public Health in the COVID Era: Community Driven Response + Equity-Driven Changes," hosted by the Vanderbilt University Alumni Office in July. He was named co-director of interprofessional education and inter-institutional collaborative learning for the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance in September. Christian received both the VUSN Ingeborg Mauksch Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award and the Dean's Award for Faculty Achievement in Clinical Practice in June 2019. He co-wrote "Development of an Interprofessional Home Healthcare Management Service within an Urban Housing Development," published in the September/October issue of Home Healthcare Now , and received the Nursing Excellence Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association in October. Christian co-authored "Evidence-based Development in Nurse-led Interprofessional Teams," published in Nursing Management in May 2015

Kathleen Kinser, MSN'14, DNP'17, is a nursing instructor at Northeast State Community College's Regional Center for Health Professions in Kingsport, Tennessee (2021).

Serena Knoop, MSN'14, co-authored "Outcomes after Implementing Restrictive Blood Transfusion Criteria in Extremely Premature Infants," published in Journal of Perinatology in June 2019. She is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Spectrum Health in Caledonia, Michigan.

Katie Krill, MSN'14, welcomed a baby daughter in June 2017 and earned her doctor of nursing practice from the University of Utah College of Nursing in 2016. She is a nurse practitioner at Meridien in Salt Lake City.

Melanie Scott Krishnamurthy, MSN'14, got married in July 2016. She is on staff at Womens Group of Franklin in Tennessee.

Erin Kyle, MSN'12, DNP'14, was promoted to editor-in-chief of Guidelines for Perioperative Practice , a publication of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, in 2020, where she is a perioperative practice specialist.

Van Lam, MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner at Middle Tennessee Family Care in Mount Juliet (2017).

Luisa Leal, MSN'12, DNP'14, opened a practice, New Horizon Clinic , in 2016 and moved to Smyrna, Tennessee, in January 2022. She and the clinic specialize in endocrinology and radiofrequency ablations.

Clint Leonard, MSN'14, received the VUSN DAISY Award for Small Group Facilitator at the PreSpecialty Level in June 2020. He presented a poster, "Implementing Virtual Reality as a Non-Pharmacologic Adjunct for Burn Care," at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chronic Pain Conference in April 2019, and was named to the Center for Teaching Junior Faculty Fellows program at Vanderbilt University in August. Clint is an instructor at VUSN. 

Caché Longmire, MSN'14, became the first nurse practitioner at the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Cooperative for Innovation Research and Clinical Engagement Clinic in Jackson, in March 2021. The clinic provides research into the human immunodeficiency virus. 

Allison Lorenzi, MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner at the Vancouver Clinic in Washington (2017).

Hannah Carroll Lowe, MSN'14, moderated the VUSN Alumni Board's MSN Know Your Value event, "Best Practices for Virtual Interviewing," in March 2022, and for sessions one and two of "Nutrition Update for Nurses: Research, Recommendations and References You Can Use," in May and June, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum. She served as moderator in February 2021 for the VUSN Alumni Board's annual MSN Know Your Value, and moderated "Loan Repayment Programs: What Are They and How Do They Work?" hosted in July by its Mentoring Committee. She moderated the MSN Know Your Value program in January 2020 and welcomed a baby in October. Hannah is past-president of the Alumni Board, a family nurse practitioner at Premise Health PRN, and owner of Nutritional Medical Solutions in Huntsville, Alabama.

Buffy Lupear, DNP'14, PMC'22, co-presented, "Prioritizing Wellness from Within," in February 2022 as part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Advanced Practice Grand Rounds. She is co-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 in September 2021. She is mentioned in a January 2020 Overton County News story about Vanderbilt researchers studying noise levels during critical times of surgery, and the impact on patient safety and employee well-being, and is co-author of "Development and Testing of an Advanced Practice Clinical Advancement Program within an Academic Medical Center, published in July in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners . She presented that year at the National League for Nursing Summit about her experience as an American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program fellow. Buffy co-authored "Assessing and Addressing Practitioner Burnout: Results from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Health and Well-being Study," published in November 2019 in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners . She was published in Vanderbilt University Medical Center's The Empowered Nurse: Peer-Reviewed Journal for Innovative VUMC Nursing Research, Volume 1, Issue 2, in November 2018, and received the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award in December 2016.

Orlin Marques, MSN'14, DNP'16, is on the advisory committee of DNPs of Color (2021).

Matt Martin, MSN'12, DNP'14, became assistant vice president of quality and patient safety at HCA Healthcare—North Florida Division in Tallahassee in April 2022. He had been director of regulatory and accreditation services at HCA Healthcare–Clinical Operations Group in Nashville, and is an instructor at VUSN and a member of the Alumni Board.

Julia McDaniel, MSN'14, is an assistant in medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's division of geriatric medicine (2022).

Karen McIntosh, MSN'13, was named vice president of care transition at Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2017.

Caitlyn McIntyre, MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner specializing in behavioral health at Confluence Health in North Central Washington State (2020).

Kathryn Braunlin McNabb, BS'10, MSN'12, presented "Cerebral Aneurysm Management," at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June 2019, and co-authored "Postintensive Care Syndrome," published in Critical Care Nursing Clinics in December. She is an instructor at VUSN. 

Renate Meier, MSN'14, is an assistant in obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt Health (2019).

Whitney Burnie Middleton, MSN'14, was featured in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare in September 2017.

Rosemarie Milano, DNP'14, is assistant professor of nursing at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing in Portland (2022).

Elizabeth Morse, MSN'11, DNP'14, is a nurse practitioner at East Nashville Family Medicine (2016). 

Paula Murphy, MSN'14, is a family nurse practitioner at Axis Medical in White House, Tennessee (2016).

Lucas Neufeld, MSN'14, is a wound care consultant for Integumetrix in Nashville (2018). 

Katie Fischer Oetjens, BA'12, MSN'14, was a panelist for "Transition to APRN Practice," hosted by the VUSN Alumni Board Mentoring Committee in August 2021. She is a family nurse practitioner at the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Jo Susan Offutt-Blackaby, MSN'14, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Evelyn Frye Center in Nashville (2017).

Kassie Padgett, MSN'14, is on staff at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio and an instructor at Baylor College of Medicine (2016).

Kelly Peterson, MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner in the craniofacial/plastic surgery center at Seattle Children's Hospital, where she treats both inpatients and outpatients in site and in several area clinics (2018).

Elaine Dauwalder Porter, DNP'14, was elected to serve on the Society of Vascular Nursing's board of directors for the 2021-23 term. She joined the staff at Washington Regional Hospitalists in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in October 2021.

Stefanie Porter, MSN'14, was interviewed in February 2020 by My Southern Health for the article, "What to Expect from Cardiac Rehab." She is a cardiac surgery nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

Carly Prentice, BA'12, MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner at Faith Family Medical Center in Nashville (2020). 

Gabrielle Quirao, MSN'14, is a family nurse practitioner at the Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque (2016).

Lindsay Smith Ramsey, MSN'14, spoke at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's 2016 Aprilfest. 

Carrie Reale, MSN'14, received the Harriet H. Werley Award from the American Medical Informatics Association in November 2020. She is an informatics nurse specialist in the Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Laura Reviere, MSN'14, is a women's health nurse practitioner at Womens Group of Franklin in Tennessee (2020).

Amanda Rhoads, MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner at One Medical's The Works Office in El Segundo, California (2020).

Jennifer David Ridgway, MSN'14, DNP'17, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in June 2022. She is lead author of "Interactive, Case-based Teaching Design Strategies for Nurse Practitioner Students," published in June 2021 in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners . She was featured on the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching website in April 2020 for her work leading VUSN students to continue with clinical interaction while away from campus due to COVID-19. Jennifer led a group of VUSN students in March 2019 to teach children at the KIPP Kirkpatrick School in Nashville how to better manage asthma. That summer, she received the VUSN DAISY Award for Small Group Facilitator at the PreSpecialty Level and was named to the CFT Junior Faculty Fellows program. Jennifer presented a poster at the May 2018 Nurses Week Research Nurses Poster Session at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is an instructor at VUSN.

Kristen Hall Riley, MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner in child neurology at the University of Louisville Physicians in Kentucky (2019).

Ann Spofford Ripley, BS'11, MSN'14, is a nurse practitioner at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond (2019).

Ashley Ritter, MSN'14, joined New River Health District in Virginia in July 2019 as a nurse practitioner, focusing on women's reproductive health.

Susanna Rudy, MSN'14, DNP'16, is among the organizers of VUSN's participation in a mass-vaccination event at Nashville's Nissan Stadium in March 2021. She was a panelist for "How the Media and Entertainment Industry Perpetuate Stereotypes of Nursing (and Why That Hurts Everyone)," in May, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum, and is a contributing author for the first edition of Emergency Nurse Practitioner Core Curriculum , published by Springer in August. Susanna received the VUSN Sara K. Archer Excellence in Teaching Award from students in the Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialty in May 2020, and co-authored "Boarding of Critically Ill Patients in the Emergency Department," published in July in the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open (and featured by JournalFeed in October). She presented "Point-of-care Ultrasound," at the American Association of Nursing Practitioners conference in June 2019, and co-wrote "Expanding Virtual Reality to Teach Ultrasound Skills to Nurse Practitioner Student," published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics that July. She was featured in Research News@Vanderbilt in October 2016. Susanna is a provider for the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Patrol, critical care and emergency medicine advanced practice nurse in the Federal Emergency Medical Administration Disaster Relief, and advanced practice ultrasound coordinator at VUSN.

Lauren Siniscalchi, MSN'14, is a family nurse practitioner specializing in neurology and cognitive disorders at Foothills Neurology in Phoenix (2020).

Lauren Skibiel, BA'12, MSN'14, is a registered nurse at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, California (2018). 

Kelly Smerling, BA'12, MSN'14, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Longwood Pediatrics in Boston (2020).

Carolyn Smith, BS'13, MSN'14, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the rheumatology clinic at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham (2018). 

Nikita Smith, MSN'14, joined Adventist Health Physicians Network in Hanford, California, in March 2016 as a family nurse practitioner

Sarah Stein Smith, MSN'14, is highlighted on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's website for her research on "Outcomes of Heart Transplantation Using HCV Donors" (2018).

Nicole Erridge Sovey, MSN'14, DNP'16, presented a poster of her doctor of nursing practice project at the Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health national conference in October 2017. She is a nurse practitioner at Detroit Medical Center Hartland Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Marcy Stoots, DNP'14, is general manager of electronic health record applications for Geisinger Health System's xG Health in Florida (2016). 

Derrick Stratton, MSN'14, received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2021.

Allison Sullivan, MSN'14, received an Excellence in Patient Experience Award from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in October 2021.

Charleen Tachibana, DNP'14, is senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle (2016). 

Lisa Taylor, MSN'12, DNP'14, received the 2018 State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence for New Mexico from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a family nurse practitioner in primary care and diabetes management at the Veterans Administration and an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing, both in Albuquerque.

Paula Tucker, DNP'14, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in September 2021, and presented "Could This Headache Kill Me?" at the AANP conference in June 2019. She is featured on the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners website. She is AAENP Practice Committee co-chair , American Association of Nurse Practitioners emergency NP special interest group co-chair, and clinical assistant professor at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta.

Sheila Umayam, MSN'12, DNP'14, was featured in the Kennedy Krieger Institute Potential Magazine in an August 2021 story about one of her patients at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Baltimore, where she is a pediatric nurse practitioner. She got married in October 2016 and went on a medical mission trip to Colombia that year.

Julie Vasher, DNP'14, co-authored "Safety Assessment of a Large-scale Improvement Collaborative to Reduce Nulliparous Cesarean Delivery Rates," published in the April 2019 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology , and "Reduction of Severe Maternal Morbidity from Hemorrhage Using a State Perinatal Quality Collaborative," published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in March 2017. She helped to create the California Material Quality Care Collaborative toolkit to support vaginal birth and reduce primary cesareans and was honored as the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus of Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook, Arizona. 

Dina Velocci, DNP'14, was named president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology starting August 2021. The news was reported in the Daily Herald .

Barbara Wadsworth, DNP'14, was listed by Becker's Hospital Review in May 2020 as one of "50+ hospital and health system CNOs to know," while she was serving as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Main Line Health in Philadelphia. In October, she was promoted to become the system's first chief operating officer. Barbara was honored as the commencement speaker for the Immaculata University College of Graduate Studies in May 2019 in East Whiteland, Pennsylvania.

Marita Walton, MSN'14, is an acute care nurse practitioner in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson (2017).

Cherise Williams, MSN'14, is a cardiothoracic surgery nurse practitioner at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Pennsylvania (2016).

Molly Tashiro Williams, MSN'14, is co-author of "Improving Medical and Nurse Practitioner Student Confidence and Clinical Skill in Advance Care Plan Development: A Multidisciplinary Mentorship Model," published in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine in May 2021. She was on the faculty of the Palliative Care to You conference in April 2018 at Vanderbilt University. 

Reese Williams, MSN'14, received her doctor of nursing practice from Drexel University in Philadelphia, in August 2019. She is chief clinical practitioner in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Commonwealth Health in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where she works in pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care.

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). 

Lydia Yeager, BA'12, MSN'14, DNP'16, was a panelist for "Kids and Navigating the Pandemic: A Lesson in Resilience," in January 2021, part of the VUSN Dore to Door Alumni Forum, and was published in the March 2019 issue of Nursing Clinics . She is director of care management, director of school-based health at Ryan Health in New York.

Sam Younger, MSN'14, is author of "Leveraging Advanced Practice Nursing in Complex Health Care Systems," published in the April/June 2020 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly . He is director at Claro Healthcare in Chicago, where he manages a team responsible for clinical performance improvement in hospitals across the country.

Stefani Davis Yudasz, MSN'14, DNP'16, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in June 2022. She received the VUSN Sara K. Archer Excellence in Teaching Award from students in the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner specialty in August 2021, and presented "Benign Breast Conditions: The Role of the WHNP," at the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health conference in October. She welcomed a baby in March 2020, co-authored "Sexual Violence Screening for Women across the Lifespan," published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing in May, and wrote "Assessment and Management of Benign Breast Lesions: Role of the WHNP," published in Women's Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs in December. Stefani authored a chapter on breast pain in the 2nd edition of Adult-Gerontology Practice Guidelines, published by Springer in December 2018.