Class Notes

70s

Brenda Thomas Harris, BSN’73, received the 2020 Tennessee Governor’s Volunteer Star Award in recognition of her volunteer work at the Monroe County Animal Shelter, Monroe County Friends of Animals and the Cherokee National Forest.

Rumay Harrell Alexander, MSN’77, was selected to be an American Nurses Association Scholar-In-Residence, dedicated to addressing systemic racism in the nursing profession.

Cindy Selleck, MSN’79, was named a Visionary Leader by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.

80s

Pam Orebaugh Jones, BSN’81, MSN’92, DNP’13, was the first recipient of the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Suzanne McMurtry Baird, BSN’84, MSN’95, is lead author of “Goals for Collaborative Management of Obstetric Hemorrhage,” published in Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinics, and co-author of “Current Key Challenges in Managing Maternal Sepsis,” in The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing.

Deborah Kenny, MSN’86, is a tenured full professor of ethics and leadership at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she teaches and conducts research.

Leigh Ann Thompson McInnis, BSN’87, MSN’89, wrote a chapter, “Herbal Supplements for Common Women’s Health Issues,” for the book, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Part II: Herbal Supplements and Vitamins, published by Elsevier in March.

Velinda Youngner Block, MSN’89, was named a Visionary Leader by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing in April.

Betsy Babb Kennedy, BSN’89, MSN’93, is co-author of “Goals for Collaborative Management of Obstetric Hemorrhage,” published in Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinics.

90s

Teresa Knoop, MSN’90, retired from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in May 2021.

Ginny Moore, MSN’90, is lead author of “Opioid Use Disorder Screening for Women across the Lifespan,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing, and co-author of “Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause: Screening and Treatment,” in the same issue. She was co-recipient of the VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award for Faculty in May.

Kelly Ambrosi Wolgast, MSN’93, was named a Visionary Leader by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.

Joanne Tennyson, MSN’95, was named a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in May. She is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and an instructor at VUSN.

Debbie Arnow, MSN’96, DNP’11, was named director of the VUSN Nursing and Health Care Leadership specialty.

Linda Beuscher, MSN’96, is co-author of “Field Testing of Ro-Tri, a Robot-Mediated Triadic Interaction for Older Adults,” published in the International Journal of Social Robotics.

Kathryn Moore, MSN’96, is chief executive officer at Acute and Critical Care Consultants in Tucker, Georgia, where she practices as an adult-gerontological acute care nurse practitioner in an intensive care setting. She earned her doctor of nursing practice from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her PhD from University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Stephanie DeVane-Johnson, MSN’97, was named a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in May. She co-authored “Breastfeeding Sisters that are Receiving Support: Community-based Peer Support Program Created for and by Women of Color,” published in Breastfeeding Medicine. Her work to improve birth outcomes for Black women was featured in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Health and Medicine. In April, Stephanie was interviewed by Good Morning America about the benefits of Black doulas.

Alisa Haushalter, MSN’97, was named the 2020 Communicator of the Year by the Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in January.

Jennifer Scroggie, MSN’97, PMC’16, received the DAISY Foundation Award for Small Group Facilitator at the MSN Level at VUSN in May.

Kim Isenberg, MSN’98, received the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Five Pillar Award in April for “leadership, wisdom and determination to help Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital during the pandemic.”

Rolanda Johnson, PhD’98, co-authored “Creating Collaborative Relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Approach to Diversifying the Nursing Workforce,” published in Nurse Educator.

Pam Nelson, MSN’98, DNP’20, was interviewed by Psychiatry Advisor about suicide prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, she opened a private psychiatric practice in Nashville. She is lead author of “Role of Primary Care in Suicide Prevention during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” published in July 2020 in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Melissa Ott, MSN’98, received the Excellence Award from the Tennessee chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in April, and co-authored “Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause: Screening and Treatment,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing.

Sharon Karp, MSN’99, PhD’08, co-authored “Clinical Strategies for Addressing Obesity in Infants and Toddlers,” published in The Nurse Practitioner. She was appointed director of program evaluations at VUSN in May.

Julia Cain Phillippi, MSN’99, was featured in a video regarding the importance of women’s preventative care, part of the Vanderbilt University Ask an Expert series. She co-authored “Challenges in the Triage Care of Low-risk Laboring Patients: A Comparison of 2 Models of Practice,” published in The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, and “Review of Evidence-based Methods for Successful Labor Induction,” published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

Angela Weaver, MSN’99, was co-recipient of the VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Academic Endeavors in May.

00s

Terri Allison, PMC’00, was promoted to professor at VUSN in February 2021.

Sheila Ridner, MSN’00, PhD’03, co-authored “Standardization of Lower Extremity Quantitative Lymphedema Measurements and Associated Patient-reported Outcomes in Gynecologic Cancers,” published in Gynecologic Oncology; “Perceived Effects of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms on Functional Status in Early-stage Huntington Disease,” in the Western Journal of Nursing Research; and “Perceived Benefits of a Brief Acupuncture for Sleep Disturbances in Post-deployment Military Service Members,” in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. She was named professor emerita at Vanderbilt in May 2021.

Dawn Vanderhoef, MSN’00, PMC’13, co-authored “The Impact of an Educational Intervention on Nursing Staff Attitudes toward Patients Experiencing Homelessness and Mental Illness,” published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Terrah Foster Akard, MSN’01, PhD’08, had four articles she co-authored published In March 2021 in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing;  Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine; the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing; and Progress in Palliative Care.

Aimee Chism Holland, MSN’02, was named a Visionary Leader by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing in April.

Michelle Dillow Schramm, BS’99, MSN’02, is featured in a National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health video, “Why Be a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner?”
 
Melissa Griswold Davis, MSN’03, is featured in a video on the importance of preventative care for post childbearing age women, as part Vanderbilt University’s Ask an Expert series. She was named a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in May.

Julie Perry, MSN’03, is lead author of “Utilizing Academic-community Partnerships with Nursing Students to Improve Hand Hygiene in Elementary Students to Reduce Transmission of COVID-19,” published in NASN School Nurse in January.

Tanya Sorrell, MSN’03, is featured in the American Nurses Association on-demand webcast, “How You Can Have a Direct Impact on Reducing the Devastating Racial Disparities of COVID-19,” and the ANA webcast, “Boosting Vaccine Confidence in Minority Populations: Specific Strategies to Encourage and Educate Your Patients.” She has trained over 5,000 community leaders in vaccine confidence for the InterFaith Youth Core. In April, Tanya was interviewed at length by WGN9 in Chicago, Illinois, and on National Public Radio, after the Derek Chauvin verdict, on the emotional effects of systemic trauma on society. In May, she was promoted to director of substance use disorder community services for the Illinois Regional Leadership Centers based at Rush University.

Tiffany Street, MSN’03, DNP’18, was promoted to associate nursing officer at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute in March.

Ty Williams, MSN’03, DNP’12, wrote the chapter, “Herbal Supplements: Precautions and Safe Use,” for the book, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Part II: Herbal Supplements and Vitamins, published by Elsevier in March. He received the DAISY Foundation Award for Small Group Facilitator at the DNP Level at VUSN in May.

Benjamin Smallheer, MSN’04, PhD’11, was invited to join the advisory committee for the King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, College of Nursing-Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in early 2021. Ben is lead faculty for the adult gerontology nurse practitioner-acute care program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he is an associate professor.

Alison Anderson, MSN’05, is co-author of “Determining the Impact of Age and Sex on the Psychophysical and Neurophysiological Response to Thermal Pain across the Adult Lifespan,” published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing in January. She is lead author of “Experimentally Evoked Pain in Alzheimer’s Disease,” published in March in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Michael Gooch, MSN’05, is author of “A New Rash Differential: COVID-19,” published in the January/March 2021 issue of Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.

Megan Shifrin, MSN’06, is lead author of “Incorporating the Lived Experience into Graduate Nursing Education,” published in the Journal of Nursing Education in April.

Melan Smith-Francis, MSN’06, returned to VUSN in May 2021 as an assistant professor of nurse-midwifery.

Carol Ziegler, MSN’06, DNP’12, was a panelist for a discussion around the documentary, Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air, hosted by the Tennessee Asthma. She received the VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Social Justice in May.

Lindsey Baksh, MSN’07, DNP’19, is co-author of “Opioid Use Disorder Screening for Women across the Lifespan,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing in May.

Ashley Brouwer, MSN’07, was the speaker at “What’s Up Down There?” in March 2021, hosted by Fairbanks Urology in Alaska where she is a nurse practitioner.

Robb Nash, MSN’07, PhD’16, was hired as the first executive/medical director of The Village at Glencliff, a medical respite community in Nashville for people who would otherwise recover on the street after hospitalization.

LeTizia Baxter Smith, MSN’07, is owner of Silver Lining Psychiatric Consultants and a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Mental Health Cooperative in Nashville, as well as Diversity and Inclusion Committee chair and instructor at VUSN.

Britney Hagy Broyhill, BA’06, MSN’08, DNP’13, was a panelist for “Capturing APP Value: Industry Leaders Share Their Experiences,” hosted by the Chartis Group in March.

Liz Howard, PhD’08, is lead author of “Ode to a Mentor,” published in the January/March 2021 issue of The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing.

Kristina Kimball, MSN’08, joined the Watkins Clinic in Lakeland, Florida, in March 2021 as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

#Matt Schroer, MSN’08, presented at the Tennessee chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association at its annual conference in April.

Leanne Boehm, MSN’09, PhD’16, is co-author of “Benefits of Peer Support for Intensive Care Unit Survivors: Sharing Experiences, Care Debriefing and Altruism,” and “Establishing a Peer Support Program for Survivors of COVID-19: A Report from the Critical and Acute Illness Recovery Organization,” published in the American Journal of Critical Care in March 2021. She co-authored a chapter, “The Role of the Volunteer across the Critical Care Recovery Arc,” for the book, Improving Critical Care Survivorship: A Guide to Prevention, Recovery, and Reintegration, published by Springer Nature. In May, she received the Borten Family Foundation Junior Investigator Award from the American Delirium Society.

Pam Carney, MSN’09, retired from her position as a nurse navigator at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville in February.

#Katie Page, MSN’09, led volunteers from the Virginia affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives to successfully advocate for recognition of certified midwives by the state and to allow certified nurse-midwives to practice to the full extent of their education and clinical training without physician control. In May, she presented “Advocacy in Action!” at the ACNM annual meeting.

Courtney Young Pitts, MSN’09, DNP’11, was named a 2021 Rising Star Nurse Leader by the Tennessee Action Coalition, Tennessee Nurses Association and Tennessee Hospital Association.

Bethany Andrews Rhoten, MSN’09, PhD’13, co-authored “Perceived Effects of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms on Functional Status in Early-stage Huntington Disease,” published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research, and “Perceived Benefits of a Brief Acupuncture for Sleep Disturbances in Post-deployment Military Service Members,” in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. She is lead author of “Impact of an LGBTQ Cultural Competence Training Program for Providers on Knowledge, Attitudes, Self-efficacy and Intensions,” published in the Journal of Homosexuality.

Jeaninne Blackwell, MSN’10, MTS’11, was named head of psychiatric evaluation and medication management services at Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative in Towson, Maryland.

Katy Hansen, MSN’10, is co-author of “Preference for Telehealth Sustained over Three Months at an Outpatient Center for Integrative Medicine,” published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine, and lead author of “A Call to Action: Adoption of Trauma Informed Care in Complementary and Integrative Health Services,” in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

10s
Manola Valverde Vides McCain, MSN’10, was interviewed for the website of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, about her career as a certified nurse-midwife.

Patty Sengstack, DNP’10, is co-author of “Contribution of Free-text Comments to the Burden of Documentation: Assessment and Analysis of Vital Sign Comments in Flowsheets,” published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Julia Martin Steed, MSN’10, PhD’18, is co-author of “Creating Collaborative Relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Approach to Diversifying the Nursing Workforce,” published in Nurse Educator. She is lead author of “Smoking and Maternal Health: Evidence that Female Infertility Can Be Attributed to Smoking and Improved with Smoking Cessation,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing.

Erin DeBruyn, MSN’11, is co-author of “Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause: Screening and Treatment,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing.

Mary Lambert, MSN’11, was appointed director of community health for the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Natasha McClure, MSN’11, is co-author of “Utilizing Academic-community Partnerships with Nursing Students to Improve Hand Hygiene in Elementary Students to Reduce Transmission of COVID-19,” published by NASN School Nurse and “Interactive, Case-based Teaching Design Strategies for Nurse Practitioner Students,” in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Shaunna Parker, MSN’11, is co-author of “Creating Collaborative Relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Approach to Diversifying the Nursing Workforce,” published in Nurse Educator, and “Opioid Use Disorder Screening for Women across the Lifespan,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing. She co-authored “Smoking and Maternal Health: Evidence that Female Infertility Can Be Attributed to Smoking and Improved with Smoking Cessation,” in that same issue.

Katie Wright, MSN’11, presented at the American College of Nurse-Midwives annual meeting in May.

Chance Allen, MSN’12, was featured on a Positive Sobriety Podcast episode, “Anxiety, Addiction and Recovery.”

Amy Alspaugh, MSN’12, received the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health New Author Award at the American College of Nurse-Midwives annual meeting in May.

Tamika Hudson, MSN’12, was appointed by Mayor John Cooper to the Healthy Nashville Leadership Council and to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ diversity committee. She is co-author of “Creating Collaborative Relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Approach to Diversifying the Nursing Workforce,” published in Nurse Educator.

Cathy Maxwell, PhD’12, was featured in Nashville Public Television’s “Aging Matters” about staying active to avoid frailty. She received the VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Media in May.

Kathryn Braunlin McNabb, BS’10, MSN’12, presented “Brain Basics: Tools for Non-contrast Head CT Interpretation,” at the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses annual conference in April.

Imelda Reyes, DNP’12, stars in a video on the Career Girls website about her experiences as nursing faculty. She was named to the advisory committee of DNPs of Color in spring .

Brian Widmar, PhD’12, was featured by NP Schools for an interview, “An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as an Acute Care NP,” in spring 2021. He was named a Visionary Leader by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing in April.

Susie Adams, PMC’13, was interviewed in February 2021 by Psychiatry Advisor for “Interventions and Other Suicide Prevention Measures Employed or Adapted in the Context of COVID-19.” She presented at the annual conference of the Tennessee chapter of American Psychiatric Nurse Association in April and co-authored “The Impact of an Educational Intervention on Nursing Staff Attitudes toward Patients Experiencing Homelessness and Mental Illness,” published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in May. That month she was awarded the status of professor emerita at Vanderbilt.

Courtney Cook, DNP’13, is co-author of “Incorporating the Lived Experience into Graduate Nursing Education,” published in the Journal of Nursing Education in April.

Lauren Watts Drukenbrod, BA’11, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner in the Metro Public Health Department of Nashville and Davidson County’s occupational health and wellness clinic where she cares for civil service employees.

Nancye Feistritzer, DNP’13, was interviewed by Health Leaders in May for “Emory Chief Nurses Embrace the Benefits of Rapid Decision-making.”

Karen Hande, DNP’13, was elected to the board of trust of the Tennessee Nurses Foundation in December 2020.

Denise Savage-Desai, MSN’13, is a nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt Student Health, specializing in the care of young adults.

Rebecca Silvers, MSN’13, DNP’21, is VUSN’s Founder’s Medalist for 2021. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Oakland, California, and on faculty at University of California San Francisco School of Nursing.

Jade Ward Vergara, MSN’13, received the DAISY Foundation Award for Small Group Facilitator at the PreSpecialty Level at VUSN in May.

LaTonia Chalmers, MSN’14, is president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Brittany Hollibaugh Haskell, MSN’14, was named a 2021 Rising Star Nurse Leader by the Tennessee Action Coalition, Tennessee Nurses Association and Tennessee Hospital Association. She presented at the annual conference of the Tennessee chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in April.

Caché Longmire, MSN’14, became the first nurse practitioner at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Cooperative for Innovation Research and Clinical Engagement Clinic in Jackson, a clinic researching the human immunodeficiency virus, in March.

Orlin Marques, MSN’14, DNP’16, is on the advisory committee of DNPs of Color.

Jennifer Ridgway, MSN’14, DNP’17, is lead author of “Interactive, Case-based Teaching Design Strategies for Nurse Practitioner Students,” published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Lacey Cross, MSN’15, is co-recipient of the VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Academic Endeavors in May.

Shelza Rivas, BA’12, MSN’15, DNP’17, is co-author of “Opioid Use Disorder Screening for Women across the Lifespan,” published in Advances in Family Practice Nursing.

Jessica Walker, MSN’15, DNP’17, co-authored “Radiation Therapy Adherence among Patients Experiencing Homelessness,” in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, and is lead author of “The Impact of an Educational Intervention on Nursing Staff Attitudes toward Patients Experiencing Homelessness and Mental Illness,” published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is a board member for the Mental Health Cooperative in Nashville.

Janelle Delle, DNP’16, was promoted to assistant professor at VUSN.

Kimin Huang, MSN’16, was named a 2021 Rising Star Nurse Leader in February by the Tennessee Action Coalition, Tennessee Nurses Association and Tennessee Hospital Association.

Jessica McMillan, BA’13, MSN’16, DNP’17, is featured in the Alumni Spotlight on the website for the American Nurses Association Minority Fellowship Program.

Alyssa Huddleston Miller, MSN’16, received the VUSN Dean’s Award for Faculty Achievement in Clinical Practice in May 2021. She is program director of the Vanderbilt COVID-10 Contact Tracing Program.

Natalie Paul, MSN’16, gave a talk to Kaiser Permanente providers about LGBTQ inclusive primary care in March. She is a family nurse practitioner at Zoom+Care in Vancouver, Washington.
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Wren Sherrill, MSN’16, was featured in Belmont Vision in February for her work as a nurse practitioner in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s COVID-19 intensive care unit.

Sherin Tahmasbi, DNP’16, co-authored a chapter, “Herbal Medicine to Enhance or Modulate Viral Infections,” for the book, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Part II: Herbal Supplements and Vitamins, published by Elsevier.

Kristian Dambrino, MSN’17, released her third album, Change of Heart, as an online fundraiser for The Oasis Center in Nashville. The album’s sales benefit homeless or displaced youth at the shelter.

Alvin Jeffery, PhD’17, is co-author of “Data Science Methods for Nursing-relevant Patient Outcomes and Clinical Processes: The 2019 Literature Year in Review,” published in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. His first invited editorial, “Can Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Help Us Treat Sepsis?” was published in Intensive and Critical Care Nursing.

Alexis Myers, BA’14, MSN’17, was the keynote speaker at the virtual Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Celebration of Service in May. She presented about Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and the Schweitzer project at the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center.

Jennifer Barut, PhD’18, returned to VUSN in May 2021 as an associate professor in nursing and health care leadership.

Simona Black, DNP’18, was a speaker at the Auburn University Women’s Summit in May. She is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and assistant professor at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

Meredith Donahue, MSN’18, was featured by Urology Times in an interview, “How APPs Can Be Involved with Genitourinary Cancer Care,” in March.

Brooke Faught, DNP’18, was interviewed in a video, “Why be a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner?” hosted by the National Association of Nurse Practitioner’s in Women’s Health.

Ashlee Jackson, MSN’18, joined the staff of the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, as a nurse practitioner in complex care management.

Heather Mantsch, MSN’18, joined the staff at the Range Mental Health Center in Minnesota as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in December 2020.

Rebecca Palmer, MSN’18, co-authored “Utilizing Academic-community Partnerships with Nursing Students to Improve Hand Hygiene in Elementary Students to Reduce Transmission of COVID-19,” published in NASN School Nurse in January.

Maggie Swietlik, DNP’18, is chief nursing informatics officer at Inova, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia.

Nicole Beckmann, PhD’19, is lead author of “Parent Caregiving Experiences and Posttraumatic Growth following Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant,” published in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, and “Parental Posttraumatic Growth after Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant,” in the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing.

La Donna Brown, DNP’19, is a founding member and treasurer of DNPs of Color and a nurse anesthetist at North American Partners in Anesthesia in Maryland and Virginia.

Cate Enstrom, DNP’19, returned to VUSN in May 2021 as an instructor in the PreSpecialty program.

LaGaunda Jones, DNP’19, was named chief nurse of hospital services at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Administration Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, in May.

Komi Kokou-Abi, MSN’19, DNP’21, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Rock Springs in Austin, Texas.

Erin Miller, MSN’19, presented a pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner case study to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida in April. She is one of only two board-certified pediatric SANEs in the state.

Lexa Taylor, MSN’19, DNP’21, was featured in an advertisement for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nurse Corps Scholarship Fund. She is co-author of “Influenza Vaccine Community Outreach: Leveraging an Interprofessional Healthcare Student Workforce to Immunize Marginalized Populations,” published in Preventive Medicine.

Margaret C. Taylor, DNP’19, was named a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in May. She is an instructor in clinical nursing at VUSN.

20s
Andrea Bushaw, PhD’20, is co-author of “Clinical Strategies for Addressing Obesity in Infants and Toddlers,” published in The Nurse Practitioner.

John Dowlen, MSN’20, joined the staff at CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates–Soddy-Daisy in March 2021 as a nurse practitioner. He is certified in nonviolent crisis intervention and an ordained minister.

Gwen Godlock, DNP’20, is a member of the Texas Nurses Association’s 8th District Board of Directors.

Whitney Withrow, MSN’20, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

ALUMNI DEATHS

Lucy Savery Klein, BSN’43, of Olympia Fields, Illinois, April 24, 2021.

Ada Trice Smith, BSN’47, of Nashville, February 24, 2021.

Elsie McGill Tinkler, BSN’47, of Greenwood, South Carolina, April 29, 2021.

Camille Legeay Cook, BSN’48, of Washington, D.C., February 17, 2021.

Margaret “Bubs” Pumphrey Tobey, BSN’55, of Roanoke, Virginia, January 20, 2021.

Anita Raines Elliott, BSN’58, of Madison, Tennessee, February 9, 2021.
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Connie McKay Adams, BSN’59, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, May 29, 2021.

Christine Patrick Sharpe, MA’71, BSN’79, MSN’88, of Nashville, February 24, 2021.

Cheryl Cooper, MSN’94, of New Concord, Kentucky, February 3, 2021.

Krista Koleas, MSN’03, of Nashville, April 5, 2021.

 

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