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Akard appointed to lead PhD in Nursing Science program

March 20, 2021

Associate Professor Terrah Foster Akard, PhD’08, MSN’01, FAAN, has been named director of the PhD in Nursing Science program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Akard, a Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow and noted scholar in pediatric palliative care, had been co-director with Professor Sheila Ridner, PhD’03, MSN’00, FAAN, the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing,…

Arnow named director of Nursing and Health Care Leadership specialty

March 17, 2021

Associate Professor Debbie Arnow, DNP’11, MSN’96, has been selected as the new academic director for the Nursing and Health Care Leadership specialty in the master of science in nursing program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. “Debbie Arnow is an accomplished senior nurse executive with experience in delivering successful clinical outcomes, financial performance and personnel…

Tears of joy, tears of sorrow — College sweethearts, a COVID unit wedding, and a love story that ended too soon

March 16, 2021

The first week of October, 2020, Vanderbilt School of Nursing alumna Sherri Randolph, MSN’97, planned to marry her college sweetheart, Stacey Bruff. As things turned out, Sherri and Stacey got married a few days earlier, Sept. 21, in the only wedding ever to take place in the COVID unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Tragically and unexpectedly, Stacey died two days after the wedding. Sherri was devastated, and she still has a hard time talking about Stacey without tears welling up. There is a lot of sadness about how things turned out. She knows that all over the world there are millions of lives that have been changed forever by the COVID-19 pandemic, and hers is one of them. So, this is a story rooted in the devastation of the pandemic. But don’t lose sight of this: it is still a love story.

VUSN Alumna, Jeaninne Blackwell, PMHNP-BC, Appointed Leader in new Collaborative Psych Evaluation and Medication Management Services

March 12, 2021

The Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative (MD), is launching collaborative Psych Evaluation and Medication Management services and have named VUSN PMHNP/Divinity Alumna Jeaninne Blackwell as leader. It is a client-centered, collaborative service that focuses on selecting effective medication with safe dosage and/or using psychotherapy. “Her knowledge, experience, and clinical excellence will greatly enhance our ability to…

VUSN Alumna, Camille Legeay Cook, has died

March 8, 2021

It was with sadness that VUSN learned of the death of alumna Camille Legeay Cook. Camille joined the Foreign Service as the first nurse assigned to the American Embassy in Tokyo in 1952. She worked as a nurse consultant at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and later for the US Public Health Service in Washington, DC.

Interview: Interventions and Other Suicide Prevention Measures Employed or Adapted in the Context of COVID-19

March 4, 2021

Psychiatry Advisor spoke with VUSN professor Susan (Susie) Adams, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, recently as she co-authored a paper regarding the role of primary care providers in suicide prevention during the pandemic, along with Pamela Anne Nelson, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner affiliated with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

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