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Once a Nurse: Community of Nurses Continues in Retirement

November 30, 2021

At a retirement center nestled in the hills of Nashville, a cadre of Vanderbilt nurses have built a community within a community. No single career experience connects them—they’ve been war nurses, flight nurses, ER nurses and floor nurses, as well as teachers, researchers and administrators. Their relationships are woven through their vast web of experience, with their love of nursing at the hub. “Nurses always find each other,” says Charlotte Covington, BSN’69, MSN’89, associate professor of nursing, emerita.

Sidebar: NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory

November 26, 2021

Throughout Pamela Jeffries’ academic career, she has placed a strong priority on learning through innovative instruction. She was an early proponent of the use of health care simulations to model clinical events for nursing students. Simulations are an important part of a nursing student’s education, as they allow students to practice and improve their clinical…

Going the Distance

July 20, 2021

Last spring Associate Professor Ginny Moore, DNP, MSN’90, stood in her kitchen with empty paper towel tubes in hand, puzzling over the challenge in front of her. As director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty, she was trying to figure out the best way to build a makeshift model of a woman’s pelvis using…

Change of Shift: A conversation with Dean Linda Norman

July 20, 2021

On Stepping Forward and Stepping Down Linda Norman joined Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1991 as its assistant dean for administration. Within a year, Norman was appointed associate dean for academics, selected by then-Dean Colleen Conway-Welch to execute the school’s academic mission. For the next two decades, Norman steered the School of Nursing’s educational…

Maternal Health Crisis

July 20, 2021

Promising research focuses on the mother’s health to ensure her—and her child’s— well-being in the short and long term The tie between mother and child is never closer than while the child is in the womb. Recognizing the importance of this time in human life, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has chosen to make Pregnancy…

In the Thick of It: COVID fighters with the Navajo Nation

July 20, 2021

As a high school student who excelled in science and health, Annie Moon, MSN’03, wanted a career that would both challenge her and give her the opportunity every day to make a difference in people’s lives. Nursing fit the bill, and she has worked her entire career on the Navajo reservation where she grew up,…

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