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Sigma’s Iota inducts new members, prepares to celebrate 70 years

April 13, 2023

Sigma Theta Tau International’s Iota at-Large chapter, based at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, welcomed 100 new members and their guests this week. At the ceremony, the students were inducted, signed the chapter’s induction book, and received purple and white honor cords to wear with their regalia. They join the more than 40 VUSN faculty and countless alumni who are part of the organization.

VUSN Research Spotlight: Lori Schirle

April 6, 2023

Lori Schirle, PhD, CRNA, is an Assistant Professor at VUSN. Her research aims at understanding how to best achieve effective pain management in surgical populations, while minimizing the risk of opioids. Currently, Schirle is investigating how a person’s underlying pain sensitivity influences their opioid use after total knee replacement. “Everyone has an underlying pain sensitivity,”…

“Call the Midwife” and VUSN bloggers return this Sunday on NPT

March 15, 2023

“Call the Midwife” is back for season 12 this Sunday at 7 p.m. central on Nashville Public Television. The Vanderbilt School of Nursing blogging midwives will also be back to share insight and comments on the program and how it relates to what they see as real-life midwives.  VUSN Instructor Hannah Diaz, MSN’09, CNM, and…

VUSN Research Spotlight: Amy Campbell

March 1, 2023

Amy Campbell, PhD(c), RN, CPNP-PC, is a third-year PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. During her years working as a pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care, she observed many mothers struggling with feeding their infants. Some of these infants went on to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder,  which lead her to inquiring…

Bryant chosen to direct AGACNP program

March 1, 2023

Assistant Professor Sharon Bryant, DNP, MSN’99, has been named academic director for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, effective May 1. The specialty is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Grad Schools rankings “Sharon’s extensive experience in…

Engineering and nursing take on interdisciplinary collaboration to use eye tracking and machine learning for education and training

February 20, 2023

First-year nursing students, U.S. Army soldiers and a middle school science class might seem very different at first glance. But when you consider the recent work of Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering Gautam Biswas, the similarities become clear. Gautam Biswas (Photo by John Russell). Each group has been a test case for Biswas’ research, which collects multimodal data such as clicks on a computer, hand gestures, eye gaze position and speech and then applies artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to help analyze how students learn and how trainees perform.

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