Fall 2010 Category

Buerhaus to Chair National Health Care Workforce Commission

November 3, 2010

Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N., has been named chair of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, a 15-member panel comprised of distinguished leaders from academia and the health care industry created under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Buerhaus is the Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and director for the Center…

What would Florence think?

October 26, 2010

If you ask any nurse about Florence Nightingale, most will be able to say that she was the founder of modern nursing. And for many that is about the extent of their knowledge. But this woman, who served as a catalyst for changing the view of health care and nursing, was more than the lady with the lamp known for tirelessly tending to injured soldiers in the dark of the night.

Leading the Way

October 26, 2010

by Leslie Hill The career path of most nurses after graduation is like a well-marked highway. This way to a large hospital unit. That way to a small private clinic. Turn here for pediatrics. Straight ahead for more education. But a few nurses choose to veer off onto a career path that’s more like a…

Q+A: An Interview with Mary Jo Gilmer

October 26, 2010

Mary Jo Gilmer, Ph.D., M.B.A., A.P.R.N., is a pioneer in the field of pediatric palliative care, helping establish the palliative care program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, researching ways to improve care for those with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses, and teaching a new generation of students that there is always some way to help.

Sim lab named Laerdal Center of Excellence

October 25, 2010

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Clinical Simulation Lab was designated a Laerdal Center of Excellence this spring — one of only 16 educational institutions in the nation to receive this honor. The designation is awarded to educational centers that have demonstrated excellence in educational philosophy and designed programs to help save lives. “This is a…

$2 Million of Loan Forgiveness Support On the Way

October 25, 2010

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently received more than $2 million worth of funding from the nurse faculty loan programs from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) fund and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for master’s and doctoral students who want to become faculty members after graduation. Specifically, the HRSA funds…