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Alumni Profile/Betsy Perky, MSN ’04, VUSN Alumni Association President

August 25, 2010

With the support of the School of Nursing, I recently traveled to Botswana to assist in a pre-opening nurse training program for a new hospital being built on the outskirts of the capital city of Gaborone. Bokamoso Private Hospital is a private, not-for-profit facility owned by the Bokamoso Private Trust that was established by two…

Class Notes – Spring 2010

August 25, 2010

40s Eunice Moe Brock, BSN ’41, is writing a book, “Search for a World View that Will Harmonize Science and Religion,” about her years living and working in China. Martha Crews McBurney, BSN ’47A, is a retired professional who enjoys traveling with her husband. Bess Winchester Isaacs, BSN ‘47B, enjoys working at the family hardware…

Spotlight on Nursing Research / Heart Failure and Depression

August 25, 2010

As a researcher at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Michael Vollman, Ph.D., R.N., is examining the impact of depression in patients with heart disease, and especially those diagnosed with heart failure. “We have at least 10 years worth of solid research evidence indicating that once a patient with heart disease develops a clinically significant depression,…

Healthy Head Start

August 25, 2010

More than 120 community children converged on Alumni Lawn this fall for relay races, tug-of-war contests and healthy snacks at the Fall Field Day Festival. The event was hosted by Vanderbilt University Healthy Head Start, a group of students dedicated to promoting healthy living through education and active lifestyles. Like many good ideas, Healthy Head…

Easing Lymphedema

August 25, 2010

There is only one standard treatment for lymphedema – a chronic condition in which the lymph drainage system is compromised and fluid accumulates in the body – but Sheila Ridner, Ph.D., M.S.N., is investigating a promising laser treatment. Ridner, assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the…

Examining Health Disparities as Social Justice

August 25, 2010

Students, faculty and staff packed the auditorium to hear Wayne Riley, M.D., M.P.H., MBA, deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture in January. Riley, CEO of Meharry Medical College and professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, shared what he believes King would think about health care disparity and inequity in America…