Spring 2015 Category

RoundingWell Collaborates with VUSN Clinic

April 17, 2015

RoundingWell and the Clinic at Mercury Court (CMC), a community health initiative of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to reach the most medically underserved, have implemented technology at no cost to the clinic in the spirit of community health improvement and innovation. The RoundingWell platform is being used by the clinic’s interprofessional team to coordinate…

How to Become Part of an Animal Therapy Team

April 17, 2015

      Pet Partners, the largest nonprofit organization that registers handlers and animals to become part of a volunteer animal-assisted therapy team, believes there are many kinds of animals that can form a strong human-animal bond. The organization registers dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, domesticated rats, horses, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, pot-bellied pigs and birds….

A Patient’s Best Friend: The impact of animal-assisted therapy on children with cancer

April 17, 2015

A national study of young cancer patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and four other sites doesn’t focus on experimental medications or therapies, or even the doctors and nurses who administer them. The most important member of this health care team is a tiny 10-pound toy Pomeranian named Swoosh. The “medication” being studied comes in…

Canines and Childhood Cancer Study Overview

April 17, 2015

WHO: The American Humane Association began the Canines and Childhood Cancer (CCC) Study to measure the well-being effects of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for children with cancer, their parents/guardians, and the therapy dogs who visit them. The hypothesis is that children, their caregivers and the dogs will all experience less stress and anxiety than those who…

On All Fronts: Finding ways to restore quality of life for cancer survivors with lymphedema and other conditions

April 17, 2015

Robert Carver Bone, MD, beat cancer, but there was another foe lurking behind him. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 head and neck cancer that was successfully treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, but he wasn’t the same as before. “I couldn’t open my mouth to take a bite of food, my neck was tight…

Q+A: An Interview with Leslie Hopkins

April 17, 2015

  Leslie Hopkins, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP-BC, ANP-C, director of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) specialty, shares why our nation’s aging population, referred to as a “silver tsunami,” and health care reform are coming together to make Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nursing a very smart career choice. Which patients can an Adult- Gerontology Primary…