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Spotlight on Nursing Research/Delirium Superimposed on Dementia

October 25, 2010

An 80-year-old patient with dementia is admitted to a hospital with pneumonia, and soon after, starts acting disoriented. Is this behavior part of his dementia or is it something else? What should the bedside nurse do to help? Lorraine Mion, Ph.D., M.S.N., VUSN’s Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing, and part of a team from Penn…

Legal Aspects of Prenatal Substance Explored

September 30, 2010

Legal Aspects of Prenatal Substance Explored BY: KATHY RIVERS 9/30/2010 – National experts came together last week to discuss methadone treatment, pregnancy and associated legal issues, a growing concern in Tennessee as, according to recent studies, 8.5 percent of new mothers in Tennessee reported using some sort of illicit drug during pregnancy. Community groups, providers and…

Balser’s Vision for VUMC

September 23, 2010

Balser outlines promise of future for VUMC BY: CRAIG BOERNER 9/23/2010 – Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s “promise” of the future is to personalize medicine for each individual patient — identifying each patient’s unique genetic difference, then making evidence-based decisions at the bedside to reflect these differences. With the theme of “The Promise of Discovery,” Jeff Balser,…

Opening a New Door

August 25, 2010

When one door closes, a different door may open – at least that’s what three Vanderbilt University School of Nursing graduates think. These resilient individuals prove that while adversity cannot be avoided, it can reshape our purpose. Re-defining her life In 2006 Tammy Hakim moved to Franklin, Tenn., from Michigan with her family. Two months…


August 25, 2010

Anna Storvick’s passion for helping others doesn’t stop with patients. The future nurse practitioner wants to help nursing students follow in her footsteps. She’s the fifth recipient of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Pay it Forward endowed scholarship, established in 2004 by Bette Brotherton, MSN ’85, and Doreen Wise, BSN 68. Grateful for her…

Faculty Focus – Spring 2010

August 25, 2010

Susie Adams, PhD, RN, PMHNP, FAANP, associate professor and director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, received the International Nurses Society on Addictions, Excellence in Education Award.  She delivered the keynote address at the Japan Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurses National Conference in Yokohama where she served as consultant for the development…