News Around the School Category

Students Help Take Expired Drugs Off the Streets

October 25, 2010

Thousands of prescription pills were safely disposed of at a recent Dickson County drug disposal event, thanks to the combined efforts of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty and students, the Dickson Police Department, Lipscomb College of Pharmacy students, the Hamblin County Anti-Drug Coalition and other community pharmacists. A steady stream of people from Dickson, Hickman, Davidson…

New Inter-Professional Learning Fellowship begins

October 25, 2010

At the end of July, students from different health disciplines and academic institutions in the Nashville area came together for a unique “immersion” experience. The 26 students are the first participants in the Vanderbilt University Fellowship in Inter-professional Learning: a new paradigm for the education of students in health-related fields. Throughout the two-week immersion experience,…

Bull named director of FNP Program

October 25, 2010

Amy Bull, Ph.D., FNP-BC, was named program director for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program. “Amy is a talented practitioner and has been recognized by students as an outstanding professor,” said Linda Norman, D.S.N., R.N., senior associate dean of Academics at VUSN. “We knew if we launched a national search for…

Thomson-Smith named assistant dean for Faculty Practice

October 25, 2010

Clare Thomson-Smith, M.S.N., R.N., J.D., has been named assistant dean for Faculty Practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Thomson-Smith heads up the Center for Advanced Practice and Allied Health and will continue in that role, working closely with VUSN on behalf of all advanced practice nurse faculty who practice at the Medical Center. “Clare is…

Spotlight on Nursing Research/Delirium Superimposed on Dementia

October 25, 2010

An 80-year-old patient with dementia is admitted to a hospital with pneumonia, and soon after, starts acting disoriented. Is this behavior part of his dementia or is it something else? What should the bedside nurse do to help? Lorraine Mion, Ph.D., M.S.N., VUSN’s Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing, and part of a team from Penn…

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,…