Fall 2012 Category

2011 Cumulative Report

November 19, 2012

At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, we believe our past accomplishments catapult us to future successes. The following pages found here highlight the School’s continued growth and meaningful contributions to the world of nursing and nursing education.         [2011 Cumulative Report – PDF]  

Class Notes – Fall 2012

November 15, 2012

40s Virginia Maxwell George, BSN ‘47B, MSN, MA (’72 Peabody) VUSN faculty emerita, moved into Belmont Village, an assisted living residence in Nashville.  She is happy at her new home and invites friends to visit. 50s Bonnie Weaver Battey, MSN ‘59, PhD, is a professional educator, administrator, facilitator and consultant in fields of communication and…

Q+A: An Interview with Mary Ann Jessee

November 15, 2012

  VUSN’s Pre-Specialty Level of the MSN program is thriving with more than 160 incoming students each year, representing a variety of non-nursing educational backgrounds.  After serving as interim director and leading the faculty through a major curriculum revision, Mary Ann Jessee, MSN, RN, became Pre-Specialty director in May 2012.  Recently, she sat down with…

How Meth Impacts Brain Chemistry

November 15, 2012

Methamphetamine  (Meth) is a neurotoxin that primarily effects dopamine pathways in the brain. Meth mimics dopamine which is called the “pleasure” neurotransmitter in the brain. When something pleasurable happens, certain axons in the brain release dopamine which attach to receptors on dendrites of neighboring axons passing along the pleasure message in the brain. The process…

Crystal Clear

November 15, 2012

The putrid smell of her own flesh burning was not enough to make Jade Wilhite seek medical attention. She was following the methamphetamine user code: do not get caught. The day she tilted her head back to administer what she thought was a soothing liquid for her tired, irritated eyes, was the day her loyalty…

Not Just Aspirin and Band-Aids Anymore

November 15, 2012

Tyler Ralph slumps into the yellow chair looking as limp as the untied shoelaces on his back-to-school sneakers. But the fourth grader knows to get down to business – swabbing his fingertip, pricking it with the lancet, putting the drop of blood on the test strip, waiting for the blood sugar reading that explains why…