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Shannon Cole and Melissa Hilmes named co-directors of Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning

May 31, 2018

Shannon Cole, DNP, instructor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and Melissa Hilmes, MD, assistant professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, have been named co-directors of the Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning (VPIL) effective June 1.

School of Nursing recognizes faculty, staff, colleagues and honorary nurses

May 24, 2018

Two longtime friends of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing were named honorary VUSN nurses, a leading researcher was recognized for service to faculty and students, and outstanding faculty and staff received school awards during the School of Nursing’s spring Faculty/Staff Assembly May 17. VUSN Dean Linda Norman, DSN, FAAN, the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of…

Brenna Gillis, MSN, DNP, is 2018 VUSN Founder’s Medalist

May 23, 2018

The 2018 Founder’s Medalist for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is Brenna Gillis, MSN’15, DNP. Gillis, who concluded her DNP work in August 2017, graduated with a 4.0 GPA — her second. Gillis is also an MSN alumna who earned a 4.0 in her master’s studies in 2015. Now a certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, Gillis provides mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in Rutherford County.

Genetics Identified for Alcohol-Related Heart Damage

May 17, 2018

Genetics may predispose some heavy drinkers to alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM), Spanish researchers found. Mariann Piano, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, wrote an accompanying editorial in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  “There are no specific histological, immunological, or biomarkers for the diagnosis of ACM. A key factor in ruling in ACM is a long-term history of heavy alcohol consumption in the absence of coronary artery disease,” Piano wrote. “A number of pathophysiologic mechanisms have been linked to the development of ACM; however, one of the most important unresolved questions has been related to how certain genetic mutations may influence susceptibility to ACM.”

VUSN MSN Alumn, Lindsey S. Cunningham, FNP-BC Featured in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

May 16, 2018

The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Lindsey S. Cunningham, FNP-BC to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Lindsey S. Cunningham is an established Family Nurse Practitioner who continues to provide exceptional care and support to her patients within Fast Pace Urgent Care Waverly in Waverly, Tennessee….

School of Nursing awards record number of DNPs during Commencement

May 15, 2018

Last week’s Commencement marked a milestone for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing when it awarded 73 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees, the greatest number since the program began in 2008. The school also awarded the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to 326 graduates during the investiture ceremonies on Branscomb Quadrangle. An…

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