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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,…

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,…