Class of 2018

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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Natima Geis Alexander, MSN’18, joined the Goshen Birth Center in Indiana in July 2019 as a certified nurse midwife.

Abdul Aziz, MSN’18, 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. He is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Stars Behavioral Health Group in Indio, California.

Jennifer Barut, PhD’18, was named chief executive officer of Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque, New Mexico (2018). 

Laurie Berg, PMC’18, is an advanced practice nurse at Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois, treating hospital patients with significant metabolic abnormalities, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. She has approximately 40 patients at a long-term care facility as well as responsibilities at an outpatient hemodialysis unit (2019).

Sara Best, MSN’18, is a family nurse practitioner at The People’s Clinic in Clarksville, Tennessee (2020).

Kaitlyn Breiten, MSN’18, Ellie Condie, BS’16, MSN’18, and Jean Walker, MSN’18, are among the co-authors of "Successfully Managing Challenging Patient Encounters,” published in American Nurse Today in October 2018.  

Kristen Bromaghim, MSN’18, is an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner at St. Thomas West in Nashville. She joined the staff of Cherokee Regional Clinic in Iowa as a nurse practitioner, in March 2019. 

Meaghan Burns, MSN’18, was named Provider of the Month in March 2019 by her employer, Gateway Community Health Center, in Laredo, Texas. 

Skyler Carpenter, BA’16, MSN’18, has a health and wellness blog called Well & Worthy Co. where, among other things, she shares about being a certified nurse-midwife (2020).

Tiffany Chance, DNP’18, is one of two women’s health nurse practitioners in the Okanawa, Japan, outpatient clinic that supports the U.S. Air Force’s largest combat wing in the Pacific. A paper she wrote on ureaplasma lead to the implementation of testing throughout the USAF, saving money while increasing examinations. She directed a cervical cancer awareness project and spoke about it on Armed Forces Network radio, reaching 30,000 active duty soldiers, 1,400 civilians and 25,000 family members (2020).

Caleb Cochran, MSN’18, is an emergency medical technician and flight nurse for Vanderbilt LifeFlight (2020).

Elizabeth Marino Condit, MSN’18, started her post master’s certificate in acute care in January 2021 in Houston, Texas. She traveled to New York in March 2020, where she spent 14 weeks and over 900 hours in a COVID-19 intensive care unit in the Bronx, working as a nurse practitioner. Her experiences were captured in an April 2020 interview on Houston’s KPRC-2 News. She also went to El Paso and San Antonio, Texas, to assist with COVID relief. 

Bethany Cones, MSN’18, is a nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center Pain and Symptoms Management Program (2019).

Sarah Cox, MSN’18, was named American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors Scholar in October 2018. 

Nhan Dinh, MSN’18, published “Acute Kidney Injury: Challenges and Opportunities,” in The Nurse Practitioner in April 2020. She is a nephrology nurse practitioner at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

Penny Dodson, DNP’18, is an instructor in the nursing informatics program at VUSN (2019).

Meredith Donahue, MSN’18, was credited as the impetus behind a paper published in Urology Times in December 2020 that was prepared to guide practitioners in ways to help patients undergoing therapy for bladder cancer. She is a nurse practitioner in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Urology in Nashville.

Brooke Faught, DNP’18, is lead author of “Etiology of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder and Implications for Treatment: Case Scenarios,” published in Women’s Healthcare in April 2020, and “Social Boundaries in Young Adult Females with Down Syndrome as a Foundation for Sexuality Education,” published in the American Journal of Sexuality Education in October. She received the Founder’s Medal for the School of Nursing during Vanderbilt University’s graduation exercises in May 2019, and co-presented “Women's Sexual Health,” part 1 and 2, at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners conference that June. Brooke was featured as a panelist for the Nashville Public Television documentary, Companionship & Intimacy: Aging Matters, which aired in December.

Kaitlyn Geib, MSN’18, joined the Hillside Health Center in Ukiah, California, as a pediatric nurse practitioner, in February 2019. 

Meagan Gilday, MSN’18, is an inpatient general surgery nurse practitioner at Boston Children's Hospital in Massachusetts (2019).

Emily Giometti, MSN’18, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Mile High Psychiatry, an outpatient private practice in Denver, Colorado (2018). 

Amanda Gonzales, MSN’18, is value analysis manager at the University of Colorado in Aurora (2019). 

Eric Hall, MSN’18, joined VUSN in early 2020 as a simulation lab nurse.

Maggie Halloran, MSN’18, is a nurse practitioner specializing in gynecology at Women First in Darby, Pennsylvania (2020).

Heather Hemmeger, MSN’18, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt University Counseling Center (2020).

Drew Herbert, MSN’18, is a family nurse practitioner at Barton Health in South Lake Tahoe, California (2019). 

Elizabeth Blanchard Hills, MSN’18, is a 2019-20 recipient of the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. She serves on the legislative committee of the Kansas State Nurses Association and spoke at its annual conference in March 2020, and created a webinar on self-care for nurses on the front lines of COVID-19 for the Midwest Multi State Division. Elizabeth is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Kansas City, Missouri. She and her husband are owners of a private practice in Overland Park, Kansas, and she is a board member for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Kansas Chapter.

Cerrissa Hugie, MSN’17, DNP’18, welcomed twins in early 2020. She founded and leads MyNDSpace, a company that provides mental health education and consulting to promote mental health awareness in underserved communities.

Mindy Johnson, MSN’16, DNP’18, is author of “Impetigo,” published in the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal in October/December 2020, and “Nursemaid's Elbow Reduction,” published in its October/December 2019 issue. She is an instructor at VUSN. 

Lindsay Johnson-Bishop, MSN’18, co-authored “Comparison of Hickman versus Proline Central Venous Catheters in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant,” published by Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation in March 2020. She is pursuing her doctor of nursing practice at VUSN.

Jenn Keck, MSN’18, is a nurse practitioner at Grand Rapids Women’s Health in Michigan. She welcomed a baby in September 2018. 

Heath Kohlmeier, MSN’18, joined Tulip Tree Family Health Care in Fort Branch, Indiana, as a family nurse practitioner in February 2019. 

Holly Kosir, BA’13, MSN’18, is a pediatric nurse practitioner with Youn and Mannan in Baltimore, Maryland (2018). 

Laura Logan, MSN’18, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, Illinois (2020).

Chelsea Lytle, MSN’18, is the neuroscience program coordinator at Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is launching a neuro intensive care unit and developing a comprehensive stroke center (2020).

Erica May, MSN’16, DNP’18, co-authored “Dental Pain Relief in the Age of ALTO,” published in the July/September 2019 issue of Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal .

Amanda McClure, MSN’18, joined the staff at Mercy Clinic Endocrinology in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in May 2019 as a nurse practitioner. She is pursuing the doctor of nursing practice at VUSN.

Zoe Olavarri, BA’16, MSN’18, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Academy Children’s Clinic in Nashville (2020).

Rebecca Palmer, MSN’18, is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at Gundersen Health System’s Viroqua Clinic in Wisconsin (2020).

Corry Paul, MSN’18, is an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner at NP Housecalls in Nashville. She was interviewed by the The Washington Post in June 2019 for a story about the plight of primary health care in rural Tennessee. At that time, she is an advanced practice registered nurse at Jennie Stuart Family Health in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Marie Peters, MSN’18, is a women’s health nurse practitioner at WOMEN Obstetrics & Gynecology in Nashville (2020).

Connie Phillip, MSN’18, is a nurse practitioner at AFC Urgent Care in Anderson, South Carolina, where she sees patients ranging from babies to elderly persons and serves as the clinic’s provider for workers compensation cases (2019).

Kelsey Pope, MSN’18, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt University Counseling Center (2018). 

Jamie Powers, MSN’18, is a nurse practitioner at Graves Gilbert Clinic in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she cares mainly for adult and gerontology patients (2020).

Alexa Proctor, MSN’18, joined San Francisco Planned Parenthood in California in April 2019 as a nurse practitioner. 

Alice Proia, MSN’18, is an adult nurse practitioner at Adelante Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona (2020).

Jennifer Rice, MSN’18, is a palliative care and hospice nurse practitioner at the Hospice of West Tennessee in Jackson. She is the first and only nurse practitioner to hold this position in the West Tennessee Healthcare system (2020).

Darby Sangrey, MSN’18, is a family nurse practitioner at Hopewell Family Care in Hermitage, Tennessee (2020).

Jennifer Shelby, MSN’17, DNP’18, is a nurse practitioner at Women’s Health Specialists in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2020).

Misty Smith, DNP’18, was interviewed by Nashville’s Fox17 in May 2018 for a piece about the nursing shortage in Tennessee.  

Julia Martin Steed, MSN’10, PhD’18, co-authored “A Summer Professional Immersion in Nursing Program for Underrepresented Minority Undergraduate Students,” published in the Journal of Nursing Education in October 2020. She welcomed a baby in September 2019. Julia 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. She is an assistant professor at VUSN. 

Sabrina Stover, MSN’18, is a nurse practitioner specialist at CHI Memorial Infectious Disease Associates in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she incorporates mind, body and spirit in caring for the human immunodeficiency virus population while utilizing resources through the Nationally Recognized Ryan White Program (2020).

Tiffany Street, MSN’03, DNP’18, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in January 2020 and appointed to represent VUSN as a board member of the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association, starting in July. She was recently president of the VUSN Alumni Association Board. Tiffany presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August 2018. She is administrative director of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

Marguerite Swietlik, DNP’18, co-presented her doctor of nursing project, “Decision Support to Reduce Nursing Documentation Burden," at the American Organization of Nurse Executives conference in April 2019. She is vice president of nursing informatics and chief nursing informatics officer at Centura Health in Denver, Colorado. 

Michelle Terrell, MSN’01, DNP’18, co-authored “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 July 2020. She was a panelist for the VUSN Alumni Board’s DNP Know Your Value event in January 2019. Michelle presented at the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Bootcamp at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in August 2018 and at the VUMC Pediatric Critical Care Boot Camp in September 2017.

Emily Thermos, BS’17, MSN’18, is a family nurse practitioner at Penobscot Community Health Care’s Brewer Medical Center in Maine (2020).

Grace Underhill, BA’17, MSN’18, is a nurse practitioner at Covenant Care Pediatrics in Stockbridge, Georgia (2020).

Sarah Vaillancourt, MSN’18, is lead author of “Strategies to Decrease Fat Stigma in Women’s Health,” published in Women’s Healthcare in October 2020. She co-authored “Fat Stigma in Women's Health,” published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners in February 2019, and co-presented on the same subject at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses conference in June. She co-wrote "Successfully Managing Challenging Patient Encounters,” published in American Nurse Today in October 2018.

Joshua Viele, MSN’18, is director of informatics at HCA in Nashville (2018). 

Morgan Willbarger, MSN’18, joined the Neurology Specialists Clinic of Riverside Healthcare in Kankakee, Illinois, in September 2019, as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.

Ellen Williams, BA’13, MSN’18, co-presented a poster, “Colostomy Irrigation: Prevalence, Interest in Irrigation and Quality of Life,” at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Research Day 2019 poster session.

Jaime Young, MSN’18, is an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner in the office of Anthony E. Jones, MD, in Oakland, California (2020).

Marci Zsamboky, DNP’18, PMC’18, was named academic director of the VUSN psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (lifespan) specialty in January 2020, where she has been an assistant professor. She co-authored “Easing the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 for Nurses,” published in April in American Nurse , and “Easing the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 for Nurses: An Update for Tennessee Nurses,” published in the summer issue of Tennessee Nurse . She is lead author of “Treating Child and Adolescent Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care,” published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners in September. Marci presented “ADHD or Bipolar Mania? Using Neuroscience to Inform Diagnosis and Treatment in Children and Adolescents,” at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association conference in October 2019.