Spring 2011 Category

Got Blood?

April 19, 2011

Students and visitors at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing have gotten used to seeing an American Red Cross Bloodmobile in the Godchaux Hall parking lot a few times this year.  During the fall and spring semesters, nearly 80 faculty, staff, and community members donated much-needed blood for the Tennessee Valley Region of the American Red…

A Fresh Way to Prepare ACNPs

April 19, 2011

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is expanding its training of Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) to include a new subspecialty of intensivists.  Joan King, PhD, RN, program director for the ACNP program, has been awarded a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Health Research Services Administration to work collaboratively with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of…

Dissertation Defense from a Distance

April 19, 2011

For the first time since Vanderbilt University established a Graduate School, a PhD candidate held a public dissertation defense from a distance and in real time. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Lt. Col. Linda Fisher, an active duty member of the Army Nurse Corps, was at her post in Washington State using desktop video conferencing…

VUSN Ranked no. 15 Among Nation’s Top Schools

April 19, 2011

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing ranks among the nation’s top 15 “Best Graduate Schools” according to U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2012 rankings released in April. VUSN rose four spots to 15, up from the 19th position when graduate nursing programs were last ranked during 2007. Among Nursing Specialties disciplines, the School…

Schorn named assistant dean for Academics

April 19, 2011

Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, has been named assistant dean for Academics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She will also continue to serve as program director for VUSN’s Nurse-Midwifery Program, one of the School’s largest specialty tracks that was recently ranked No. 3 in U.S. News and World Report. In this newly created role, Schorn…

Substance Abuse

April 19, 2011

Non-punitive support key to tackling issue among nurses An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of nurses and nursing students may have substance abuse and addiction problems.  The key to tackling this difficult issue – and protecting public safety – is support and treatment rather than punishment, according to a recent paper in Journal of…