Honors and recognitions for School of Nursing faculty

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty have recently been recognized for career accomplishments, research, scholarship and leadership. They include:

Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, FAANP, FAAN, the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education and Assistant Dean for Clinical Scholarship, has received the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes members who have made exceptional leadership contributions and furthered the vision and mission of the society over time. Kleinpell is past president of the society and served on its board for 11 years

A research project by Lucinda Stewart, MSN, Sally Miller, PhD, Trudy Hawkins Stringer, MDiv’88, Jessica Vanregenmorter, BS, Elizabeth Alexander, MSN’88, and Julia C. Phillippi, PhD, MSN’99, FACNM, received a Top 5 Blue Ribbon Award at Vanderbilt’s Health Professions Education Research Day. “Interprofessional Simulation between Nursing and Divinity Students: Learning Beyond Roles and Checklist,” documents student learning through a joint simulation exercise between the School of Nursing and Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Other VUSN faculty-presented projects featured at the Health Professions Education Research Day included, “Oncology Postgraduate Fellowship: A model to prepare advanced practice nurses for oncology practice,” by Karen Hande, DNP’13, Rachel McDowell, MSN’03, and Kiersten LeBar, DNP, MMHC’17, “Exploring the Utility of Entrustable Professional Activities as a Framework to enhance Nurse Practitioner Education,” by Angel Anthamatten, DNP, MSN’00, Mary Lauren Pfieffer, DNP, MSN’11, Anna Richmond, DNP, MSN’10, and Melissa Glassford, DNP, MSN’10, and “VPIL and Student Hotspotting: Impact of Interprofessional learning on Professional Development and Patient Health” by Camellia Koleyni, MD, Heather Davidson, PhD’05, MS’01, BA’96, Melissa Hilmes, MD’00, BS’96, Shannon Cole, DNP, MSN’94, and student contributors Sophia Druffner (College of Arts and Science) and  Joshua D. Cockroft and Meredith A. Monsour (VUSM).

Assistant Professor Marci Zsamboky, DNP’18, has been selected to participate in the National League for Nursing’s LEAD program of its Leadership Institute. The yearlong program provides intense, comprehensive leadership training to nurses who have experienced rapid transition into leadership or aspire to lead.

A paper by Assistant Professor and PreSpecialty Academic Director Mary Ann Jessee, PhD, MSN’95, was cited in the 2019 National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Environmental Scan. The annual publication provides regulators and other nursing leaders with a current, comprehensive portrait of nursing in the United States, including emerging issues and challenges. Jessee’s paper, “Pursuing improvement in clinical reasoning: The integrated clinical education theory,” was originally published in the Journal of Nursing Education.

The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association named Associate Professor Abby Parish, DNP, MSN’05, FNAP, as its Rising Star for spring 2019. Rising Stars are outstanding association members who are advancing in their specialties and in GAPNA leadership. Parish has served in various offices for the Middle Tennessee chapter of GAPNA and is the current awards chair for the national organization.

Alvin D. Jeffery, PhD’17, assistant professor of nursing and biomedical informatics, has received the prestigious 2019 Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award honors nurses who demonstrate commitment to achieving excellent outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, FAANP, FAAN, the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education and Assistant Dean for Clinical Scholarship, led and published on an international project involving over 340 clinicians from 40 countries. “Patient and family engagement in the ICU: Report from the task force of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine” identified how patient and family-centered care in the intensive care unit is implemented around the globe. The documentation of successful implementation techniques, tactics and strategies can help clinicians address implementation in their own ICUs. The results were published in the Journal of Critical Care.

 Please send notice of awards, honors, distinctions, publication published, etc., to nancy.wise@vanderbilt.edu. We will do our best to include them in future recognition roundups.