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VUSN Alum Cherise Williams joins Wilkes-Barr General Hospital

September 28, 2016

Cherise Williams joined as a cardiothoracic surgery nurse practitioner at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, with a Master of Science degree in nursing. Ms. Williams is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Emergency Nurses Association and American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Love of nursing inspired Doris Billhorn to go back — and give back — to school

September 22, 2016

It’s not unusual for alumni to come back to the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and show their children where they earned their degree. But when Doris Billhorn, MSN’92, did that recently, she added something special: a financial gift to the school for scholarships. “I got my chance at Vanderbilt through scholarships, through help from…

VUSN Alum Darlene A. Franklin, RN, MSN, will be Spotlighted in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

September 15, 2016

With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Darlene A. Franklin, RN, MSN, joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. Darlene is a registered nurse with 37 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially psychiatric mental health. Darlene is currently serving as…

Legislators encourage doctoral nursing students to share real-life impact of healthcare issues

September 2, 2016

  Be involved, be personal and be succinct. Those are key to engaging with policy makers and advocating for healthcare issues, two Tennessee lawmakers told doctoral students at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Tuesday. Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville; Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville; past President of the Tennessee Nurses Association Jill Kinch, MMHC, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC;…

Welcome—and welcome back—to VUSN

September 1, 2016

The academic year is never really over at the School of Nursing. We pinned 360 students in one of the largest classes in our history on July 31 and within a few weeks, began greeting new faces and welcoming our returning students. With 879 students, VUSN is one of the largest nursing programs in the…

VUSN doctoral students honored as Jonas Nurse Scholars

September 1, 2016

The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare has named 12 Vanderbilt University School of Nursing doctoral students to its 2016-18 cohort of Jonas Nurse Scholars. The groundbreaking Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program aims to increase the number of U.S. nursing school faculty with doctorates. It supports nursing scholars with financial assistance, leadership development programs…

Diverse degrees and opportunities draw new School of Nursing students

August 31, 2016

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has welcomed 478 new students from 45 states and three countries into its Master of Nursing Science (MSN), Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP) and Ph.D. degree programs. Of those, 150 students have degrees in fields other than nursing; these PreSpecialty students spend three semesters in intense, full-time foundational…

VUSN Alum Julie Higdon joins Baptist Health walk-in school clinic

August 19, 2016

Baptist Health walk-in school clinics have added three nurse practitioners – Teresa Armbruster, Julie Higdon a Vanderbilt School of Nursing FNP Alum, and Danielle Lane – to expand from three to nine locations serving Paducah and McCracken County (Ky.) students, staff and parents.

Faculty Senate elects leadership for 2016-17

August 17, 2016

The Faculty Senate, the representative and deliberative body of the Vanderbilt faculties, has elected its leadership for 2016-17. VUSN’s Leslie Hopkins joins the Faculty Senate Executive Committee as vice chair-elect.

VUSN Alum Rachel Zakhary joins A Plus Pediatrics in Clermont Fla.

August 16, 2016

Rachel Zakhary, ARNP recently joined A Plus and has over ten years of pediatric experience. Her education background consists of a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty) from top ranking Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville.

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