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Vanderbilt Nurse Faculty Practices Anchor Down, Step Up

September 17, 2020

As Vanderbilt University leadership considered whether it could bring students, faculty and staff back to campus safely in the fall, they knew that COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and symptom management were going to be necessary to protect the campus community. Fortunately for Vanderbilt, it has a world-renowned School of Nursing that stepped up to collaboratively…

Men at Work

September 3, 2020

When Jay Huang enrolled at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2019, he was well aware of the statistics: Just 9 percent of nurses in the United States are male. Role models may be scarce, but Huang is undeterred. The Californian, who holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, found a passion for health care after…

Two Millennial Students Couldn’t Find Health Care Providers. So They Created an App for That.

September 3, 2020

When Vanderbilt University School of Nursing PreSpecialty students Ashley Allington and Sara Moran arrived in Nashville in August 2018, they noticed a problem that kept popping up for them and many of their female friends: How do you find a health care provider in a new city where you don’t know anyone? Google reviews or…

Crystallizing Moments

September 3, 2020

Watching his aunt struggle with bipolar disorder, Asa T. Briggs, DNP, MSN’12, traded in his legal aspirations to pursue a career in mental health care. “She would have extensive inpatient hospitalization, but then would come out with no continuity of care,” Briggs recalled. “It was a crystallizing moment for me.” At first Briggs focused on…

Transformative Power of Education

September 3, 2020

Craig Nordlund, JD’74, and Sally Baum Nordlund, BSN’74, found three important things during their time at Vanderbilt. First, they found each other—the two met as students, Craig at Vanderbilt Law School and Sally at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Second, they each discovered a passion for their professions that has remained with them throughout their lives….

VUSN Awards Recognize Alumni Accomplishments

September 3, 2020

One of the highlights of Reunion each autumn is the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Awards presentation. Taking place during the Friday reception for alumni and their guests, the presentation recognizes exceptional alumni in various stages of their careers. Honorees are selected by the VUSN alumni board from nominations submitted by alumni, faculty, students…