Fall 2015 Category

Making an Impact

October 30, 2015

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is a collective of nurse scholars and educators who are constantly moving forward on behalf of our students and the profession of nursing through teaching, research, practice and informatics.  The following links include a sampling of some of these accomplishments from 2014. Currently Funded Grants and Contracts Welcome New Faculty Selected…

Dean’s Message

October 30, 2015

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, Fall 2015 at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing began with welcoming a new group of MSN, DNP and PhD students. We have been busy orienting the students and integrating them with our returning students. We have 821 nursing students this year—625 enrolled in the MSN program, 165 in the DNP…

Simulation Expert Shares Educational Strategy for Debriefing

October 30, 2015

Marjorie Miller, MS, RN, Certified Healthcare Simulation Education, nursing education consultant and lead faculty with the California Simulation Alliance, recently presented “Debriefing Dynamics: Essential Elements of Simulation Debriefing” to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) faculty and staff members. In the workshop, Miller discussed simulation as an educational strategy and emphasized the importance of debriefing, a…

Questions Used to Screen for Frailty and Cognitive Impairment

October 30, 2015

Frailty: Fatigues easily? Inability to walk up one flight of stairs? Inability to walk one block (or ¼ mile)? Has 5 or more illnesses? Has lost weight (more than 5-10%) in the last 6 months?   Cognitive Impairment: From the perspective of a patient surrogate: Think back 5 to 10 years ago, just answer yes…

Selected Works

October 30, 2015

Journals Abanes JJ, Adams S. Using a web-based patient-provider messaging system to enhance patient satisfaction among active duty sailors and marines seen in the psychiatric outpatient clinic: A pilot study. Nursing Clinics of North America. Jan 2014;49(1),91-103. Akard TF, Gilmer, MJ. Invisible communities of dying children and their loved ones. Palliative and Supportive Care. Oct…

Class Notes — Fall 2015

October 30, 2015

70s Carolyn Burr, BSN ‘71, lives in Newark, New Jersey, and was featured in Rutgers Today for her determination to help pregnant women infected with the HIV virus avoid sharing it with their newborns, all while dealing with her own multiple sclerosis diagnosis. She received the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS…