Vanderbilt Nurse News Category

What I Did Before

June 26, 2017

Miss Mississippi, a seismologist, a paramedic, a football player and a Peace Corps worker walk into a nursing school. No, no joke. Those are the backgrounds of some current Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) students. Use the links below to discover what drew them to VUSN. Tristan Strong Helen Qian Rita Peters Jennifer Neczypor…

Compassion and Criminal Justice

June 26, 2017

When Joyce Laben, JD, MSN, BC, FAAN, came to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as an associate professor of Psychiatric Nursing in 1970, she didn’t see herself as a reformer. But encountering horrific treatment of inmates with mental health challenges in Tennessee prisons during her clinical practice transformed her into someone who was going to…

U.S. News & World Report rankings again put VUSN among nation’s best

June 26, 2017

  The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has once again been named to the Best Graduate Schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The School of Nursing’s DNP program was ranked No. 11 in just the second year of ranking by U.S. News. Its MSN program is ranked No. 15…

New members join VUSN Alumni Board

June 26, 2017

Fourteen Vanderbilt University School of Nursing alumni have joined the school’s alumni board, President Tiffany Street, MSN ‘03, and Vice President Ty Williams, MSN ‘03, DNP ‘12, announced. The members represent a variety of specialties, degrees, regions and eras. They are: Brooklyn Beaupre, MSN ‘14 (Adult-Gerontology Acute Care), Johnson City, Tennessee; Margaret McKinney Buxton, MSN…

Dig out those photos and memories

June 26, 2017

Alumni from 1960s-80s, were you part of the Appalachian Student Health Coalition as a student or nursing graduate? Vanderbilt is working with University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to gather materials and information for the Appalachian Student Health Coalition archive ( If you have photos, stories, items or want more information, contact Collecting and Outreach…

VUSN professor receives American Cancer Society award to study self-care for cancer survivors

June 26, 2017

Assistant Professor Jie Deng, Ph.D. ‘10, R.N., OCN, FAAN, has been awarded a $789,000 research scholar grant by the American Cancer Society to develop and test a self-care program for head and neck cancer survivors diagnosed with secondary lymphedema and fibrosis (LEF). LEF causes swelling and the development of hard tissue in the head and…