Spring 2014 Category

Serving the Never-served

May 6, 2014

When the Clinic at Mercury Courts opened in the summer of 2012, the staff expected to be inundated with patient visits. Designed to provide medical care for people and families transitioning from homelessness and other poverty situations, the clinic on Murfreesboro Road is located within a 5-mile radius of 12 properties serving low income and…

Dean’s Message

April 29, 2014

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Supporters, The academic calendar is a continuous cycle of open houses, new student orientations, faculty summits, pinning ceremonies and graduation.  In between those events, the School is literally bubbling with activity. Hundreds of students are coming on campus for block learning sessions each semester. On campus, students are holding impromptu study…

UCLA’s Lyder Helps Celebrate MLK Day

April 29, 2014

In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King’s dedication to service, Vanderbilt University Medical Center honored King’s legacy through student community service, a lecture by UCLA Dean Courtney Lyder, and presentation of the annual Martin Luther King award. Lyder, ND, ScD, noted researcher, policymaker, educator and pioneer, captivated faculty, students and staff by honoring nursing icons…

Faculty Book Signing

April 29, 2014

The School Life Committee recently hosted a book signing event with VUSN faculty-authors as a way to showcase faculty scholarship.  Nearly 100 students came by to have their books or bookplates signed by one or all of the VUSN faculty who authored books, edited books or contributed chapters to textbooks.  Authors included: Michelle Collins, PhD,…

Study Looks at the Role of Therapy Dogs

April 29, 2014

It’s not uncommon for a child with newly diagnosed cancer to become depressed, lonely and have strained family relationships, but a new Vanderbilt study is investigating whether therapy dogs could have a positive effect on children undergoing chemotherapy. This first-of-its-kind grant, coordinated by the American Humane Association and funded by animal health company, Zoetis, was…

NLGH Conference is a Big Success

April 29, 2014

More than 220 people from 14 countries and 30 states came to Nashville in February for the Nursing Leadership in Global Health (NLGH) Conference.  Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan kicked off the event where presenters and attendees addressed the overall goal of improving patient care by elevating the voice of nursing, delved deep…