Vanderbilt Nurse News Category

Health Coaching for Positive Change

April 17, 2015

The first cohort of Health Coaching certificate program students at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently completed their 28-week course of study, preparing them to help patients set realistic health goals and provide support in reaching those goals. “It’s hard to motivate people to change by telling them they have elevated lipids, for example….

Dempsey: Importance of Patient Experience

April 17, 2015

Patients who feel included in their care have better outcomes, Christina Dempsey, MSN, MBA, chief nursing officer at Press Ganey told a standing-room-only audience recently at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dempsey’s guest lecture was sponsored by the Patricia Townsend Meador Endowed lecture series. Dempsey described the patient experience as the clinical care of the patient; the…

Pam Jones: New VUSN Practice Leader

April 17, 2015

Pam Jones understands where health care delivery has been, where it is today, and where it is heading. As the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s incoming Senior Associate Dean of Clinical and Community Partnerships, she will further enhance interdisciplinary learning, develop future models of care that enhance health and provide teaching opportunities for VUSN students,…

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…