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Quick guide on how to wear a mask

May 8, 2020

Masks are now part of our daily lives. They are recommended by the CDC and other health experts as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19. David Aronoff, MD, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center has put together a quick tutorial on proper and safe masking. It’s a good refresher for those of us who are used to wearing masks and a valuable how-to for mask-wearing novices. This is also a great resource to forward to your friends, family and neighbors who may never have had to wear a mask before. A full article with illustration has been published online at the JAMA Patient Page.

Commencement 2020: Nurse-Midwifery Grad Vernicia Winford, MSN’20

May 4, 2020

The first baby Vernicia Winford helped deliver into the world as a certified nurse-midwife was her own niece, born just a few days after the nursing graduate student passed her American Midwifery Certification Board exam last December. As a dual nurse-midwifery/family nurse practitioner student in the School of Nursing, Winford saw patients of all ages and genders in her clinical work at the Family Clinic in McMinnville, about 75 miles southeast of Nashville, while completing her FNP studies. More

COVID-19 and alcohol consumption don’t mix

April 23, 2020

News outlets have reported that more than 190 people in Iran died from drinking bootleg alcohol, possibly related to the mistaken belief that drinking alcohol can prevent COVID-19 infection. Vanderbilt School of Nursing professor Mariann Piano, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, sets the facts straight about Coronavirus 2019 and alcohol, including reasons to monitor your alcohol consumption during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Piano, the Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing and Senior Associate Dean for Research, studies the adverse effects of unhealthy alcohol drinking on the cardiovascular system. Her current research focuses on binge drinking and young adults.

What to do about COVID-19’s psychological impact on nurses

April 23, 2020

Three Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty tackle the psychological toll of COVID-19 on nurses with an article in American Nurse. With the COVID-19 crisis, nurses face unprecedented stressors in their professional and personal lives, write Brittany Haskell, DNP, Mathew Schroer, DNP, and Marci Zsamboky, DNP. “To best support nurses, understanding the psychological effects of COVID-19 on them, the impact of secondary traumatic stress (STS), and ways to manage these effects during this stressful time is important.”

Vanderbilt nursing students experience social distancing … and provide virtual clinical patient care

April 7, 2020

What do you do with 154 nursing students who are suddenly unable to participate in the hands-on nursing (clinical) care that makes up 60% of their education each week? That was the challenge facing Mary Ann Jessee, PhD, MSN’95, director of PreSpecialty education at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and the 30-plus faculty who instruct…

Vanderbilt nursing professor named to International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

April 7, 2020

Vanderbilt School of Nursing Professor Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, MBA, FAAN, has been selected for induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The honor recognizes her significant, sustained international achievement and that her research has influenced the nursing profession and the people it serves. Entry…