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Legacies of Pioneering Deans Fuel Recent Graduates to Follow Their Passions

July 20, 2021

When Karina Maza, MSN’19, was working as a Spanish language interpreter at Vanderbilt University Medical Center a decade ago, she would sometimes find herself interpreting for School of Nursing students. “I was impressed by how well they performed their tasks as students,” Maza says. “They were total pros—their work was excellent.” Intrigued by their professionalism…

Twice the Hope: Celebrating the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021

July 20, 2021

After a 12-month wait, the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Class of 2020 celebrated—and was celebrated—in person during Investiture ceremonies held on campus May 2. The intimate ceremony for graduates, family and friends was both traditional and innovative as it accommodated COVID-19 safety protocols while still retaining appropriate pomp and circumstance. In her address to graduates,…

School of Nursing mourns loss beloved professor Tom Christenbery

July 20, 2021

Update: View Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s memorial service for Dr. Christenbery. Thomas L. Christenbery, MSN’87, PhD’04, CNE, professor of nursing and director of program evaluation at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, died unexpectedly in his sleep Tuesday, Feb. 16. He was 66.The popular Christenbery was legendary for his friendliness, kindness and encouraging nature. In his…

Removing the stigma of HIV and AIDS

February 23, 2021

In Tampa, Florida, in the early 1980s, young men were coming home to their parents to die. As a registered nurse, Julie Barroso cared for many of these AIDS patients in their final days. “It was awful, seeing these young men become so ill,” says Barroso about the crisis, which decimated the gay community until…

In the thick of it: COVID fighters with the Navajo Nation

February 23, 2021

Vanderbilt alumni Annie Moon, MSN’03, and Dr. Jill Moses, MD’91, confront a continuing COVID-19 crisis as they deliver health care to the Navajo Nation

It takes a team: Lessons from inside Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 unit

February 23, 2021

Vanderbilt Hospital tapped a team of experienced nurse practitioners to set up and provide care in its COVID-19 unit. They, along with the rest of the unit professionals, are still at it after nearly a year of what one describes as probably the hardest months of any of their professional lives.

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