Alumni in the News

Our graduates frequently appear in the media.  Here are links to stories that feature or cite our alumni; the most recent appear first. For class notes published in Vanderbilt Nurse, please visit the Class Notes page. Last updated July 2018.

Poppy Pickering Buchanan, BSN'61, and her husband gave $1 million to endow a student research fund at the Vanderbilt University's Jean and Alexander Heard Library in January 2018.

Jade Van Meter Forlidas, BSN'73, MSN'90, and her daughter, Jessica Van Meter, MSN'07, DNP'15, were profiled in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's VUMC Voice in November 2017. 

Chita Cisneros Farrar, BSN'75, MSN'80, Alison Anderson, MSN'05, Claire Leezer, MSN'09, and Jie Deng, PhD'10, published "Pain Management" in the December 2017 issue of Critical Care Nursing Clinics.

Suzanne McMurtry Baird, BSN'84, MSN'95, is a maternal quality improvement specialist at Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care in Nashville.

Betsy Babb Kennedy, BSN'89, MSN'93, was promoted to professor at VUSN in January 2018.

Ginny Moore, MSN'90, received the Women's Health Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter in November 2017.

Patricia Detzel, MSN'98, received the Public and Community Health Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter in November 2017.

Susan Lewis, MSN'98, was featured in a story about her work to improve maternal outcomes at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Angela Wilson-Liverman, MSN'99, received the Advance Practice Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter in November 2017.

Jennifer Ezell Wilbeck, MSN'99, PM'16, received the Advance Practice Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter in November 2017.

Julia Cain Phillippi, MSN'99, received a $399,374 award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in January 2018 to study an interdisciplinary team-based maternity care model and examine the preferences of patients and providers.

Duke Chenault, MSN'00, DNP'16, was interviewed for an article, "Don't Get Tricked by Halloween Treats," in the October 2017 issue of Vanderbilt Health and Wellness' Connection.

Keeley Roberts Bowman, MSN'01, was promoted from instructor to assistant professor at VUSN in 2017.

Abigail Morgan, MSN'05, is a women's health nurse practitioner at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation clinic in Bethel, Alaska.

Michael Gooch, MSN'05, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN in January 2018.

Carol Ziegler, MSN'06, DNP'12, co-taught "Climate Change and Human Health: Impacts and Adaptation Strategies," an interprofessional series team-taught by five instructors at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt starting in January 2018.

Trina Corley, MSN'08, is the owner of Advanced Family Medical Clinic in Nashville, where she is also a provider.

Addie Graham, MSN'09, was interviewed by the Daily Nurse blog about her career as a nurse-midwife.

Bethany Andrews Rhoten, MSN'09, PhD'13, was awarded a $30,000 American Cancer Society grant to investigate the impact of head and neck cancer treatment on a patient's sexuality. She is an assistant professor at VUSN.

Lauren Drees, MSN'09, opened Haven Birth and Wellness in Nashville in May 2017.

Vikki Pedigo, MSN'09, is a women's health nurse practitioner at Urology Associates in Nashville.

Jen Wiles, MSN'10, was interviewed about her career path in a blog for OnlineFNPPrograms.com. 

Sharon Holley, DNP'10, 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. She is also chief of the Baystate Health's midwifery division.

Ken Nelson III, MSN'11, DNP'13, was appointed chief nursing officer at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in November 2017.

Natasha McClure, MSN'11, was promoted from instructor to assistant professor at VUSN in 2017.

Shaunna Parker, MSN'11, is an instructor in women's health at VUSN.

Stephanie Abbu, MSN'12, received the Graduate Student Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter in November 2017.

Trish Baise, MSN'12, DNP'16, was promoted to chief executive officer of Mountain States' Franklin Woods Community and Woodridge Hospitals, as well as administrator of Overmountain Recovery, all in Johnson City, Tennessee, in December 2017.

Karen Hande, DNP'13, was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor at VUSN in 2017.

Melissa Kalensky, DNP'15, wrote "More Than 'Minions': Nurses Deserve More Respect from Doctors," which was published in Stat, November 2017.

Sharon Hodges, MSN'15, is an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner at Mercy Urology in Paducah, Kentucky.

Abby Boynton, MSN'17, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner at the Pediatric Health Care Alliance in the Tampa, Florida, area.

Daniel Ferguson, MSN'17, is a family nurse practitioner at Citizens Memorial Hospital's Neurology Clinic and Missouri Memory Center in Bolivar, Missouri.

Erin Coale, MSN'17, is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Lourdes Behavioral Health and Mercy Medical Associates in Paducah, Kentucky.

Jami Hicks, MSN'17, became the head of the newly opened Children's Clinic of Rusk in Texas in November 2017.

Robin Mickelson, PhD'17, and her co-writer received the Alphonse Chapanis Student Paper Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in October 2017 for "Capturing the Medication Ma