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Work with Doctors Without Borders inspires, impacts 2017 alumnus

February 20, 2018

Family Nurse Practitioner Saman Perera, MSN’17, fights health care inequality through Doctors Without Borders. Originally from Hendersonville, Tennessee, Perera recently moved to Knoxville after coming back from a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) two-month medical mission trip to Bentiu, South Sudan.

A Vanderbilt Love Story

February 13, 2018

A call in the night started a Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctor and a School of Nursing faculty member on a path to romance that’s still as strong nearly three decades later. “She was really sweet and 34 years later, she’s still just as sweet,” Bill says. “It was meant to be,” Genie adds. A Valentine’s story from VUMC Voice

From the Tristar State to the Land of Eternal Spring: Vanderbilt and Guatemala

February 13, 2018

Vanderbilt School of Nursing MSN students and faculty head to Guatemala to work with a local clinic during spring break in March. Vanderbilt’s student newspaper, the Hustler, features that connection and others between Vanderbilt and Guatemala in an in-depth article.

Vanderbilt awards endowed chairs to two School of Nursing professors

February 9, 2018

Two Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) professors have been named to endowed chairs, the highest honor Vanderbilt University awards its faculty. Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM, received the Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education. Kleinpell, an internationally recognized researcher and educator, serves as VUSN’s assistant dean for clinical scholarship. She directs the school’s…

VUSN WHNP alum, Courtenay Lahey, joins Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s Women’s Wellness

February 8, 2018

Courtenay Lahey, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner is a new full-time nurse practitioner at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s Women’s Wellness. Courtenay is nationally certified through the National Certification Corporation. She delivers comprehensive health care to women over 13; Courtenay’s specific interests are adolescent sexual health/education and LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) birth control.

VUSN PNPPC alum, Jami Hicks joins The Children’s Clinic of Rusk (Tx.)

February 8, 2018

Jami Hicks, a pediatric nurse practitioner who recently graduated from VUSN with a Master’s of Science in Nursing joins The Children’s Clinic of Rusk (Tx) in its new, state-of-the-art, 2,500 square foot medical clinic which features a patient friendly reception area, 6 exam rooms, a fully equipped diagnostic lab and nursing station. Jami, a native of…

VUSN PMHNP alum, Zoe Panizzi, joins FirstHealth Behavioral Team (NC)

February 2, 2018

Zoe Panizzi graduated with a Master’s degree in nursing from the VUSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Prior to joining FirstHealth, Panizzi worked at a community mental health clinic in Tennessee that provides psychiatric care for underserved populations. During her time in Tennessee, Panizzi treated children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics.

VUSN MSN and DNP alum, Elizabeth Ogunnaike, joins Southern Coos Health Center (Or.)

January 26, 2018

Elizabeth Ogunnaike, DNP, has recently joined the Southern Coos Health Center in Bandon (Ore.).Ogunnaike graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 and 2011; first with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and then with a Master of Science in Nursing, where she became a family nurse practitioner. She recently completed Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University.

Alliance for Nursing Informatics Selects Alvin D. Jeffery as 2018-2019 Emerging Leader

January 24, 2018

Alvin D. Jeffery, PhD, RN/APN, was selected by the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) to participate in the Nursing Informatics Emerging Leaders Program. This exclusive two-year program is designed to develop professionals capable of assuming national leadership positions in informatics-related organizations.

Future AARP president tells doctoral students to take risks, engage and share power

January 23, 2018

One needn’t be a student to profit from Alicia Georges’ directions on becoming a leader. The soon-to-be volunteer head of AARP outlined a course to leadership that could be used by people in all career stages during her recent Dean’s Diversity Lecture, “Journey to Leadership in Nursing and Beyond: Insight for Future Nurse Leaders,” at…