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News Around the School: Barroso receives Vanderbilt’s Julia Eleanor Blair Chenault Endowed Chair of Nursing

July 19, 2021

Professor Julie Barroso, PhD, RN, ANP, FNAP, FAAN, has been named to the Julia Eleanor Blair Chenault Endowed Chair of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Barroso, who joined VUSN in 2020, is a distinguished nurse scientist whose research focuses on people living with HIV and long-term survivorship. “Julie Barroso’s life work is helping…

News Around the School: Pam Jones receives inaugural Chancellor’s award

July 15, 2021

Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier announced the establishment of a new faculty honor, the Chancellor’s Award for University Service, at the Vanderbilt University Spring Faculty Assembly on April 1, and the first recipient was VUSN’s Pam Jones, BSN’81, MSN’92, DNP’13, senior associate dean for clinical and community partnerships. “It goes without saying that the past year has demonstrated…

News Around the School: New academic directors and leaders named

July 15, 2021

The School of Nursing announced the appointment of three new academic specialty directors for its Master of Science in Nursing program, as well as a new director of program evaluations. Professor Sharon Karp, MSN’99, PhD’08, has been appointed director of program evaluations. In this role, she will direct efforts to measure overall program effectiveness for…

Five faculty named VU Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows

July 8, 2021

Five faculty members from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing have been named to the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program in the Center for Teaching, part of the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost. VUSN Assistant Professors Janelle Delle, DNP’16, Melinda (Mindy) Johnson, DNP’18, MSN’16, Colleen Moss, DNP, MSN’01, BS’00, and Julia Steed, PhD’18, MSN’10,…

Vanderbilt celebrates Dean Norman for accomplishments, leadership

June 30, 2021

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing held a celebration honoring Dean Linda Norman, DNS, FAAN, as she prepared to step down as dean on June 30. Colleagues, faculty, staff, alumni and Vanderbilt University leaders were on hand in person and via Zoom as Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier unveiled a portrait of the dean by acclaimed artist…

VUSN DNP and MSN Alumna, Melissa Stec, Joins Wilson Health Medical Group ObGyn practice (OH)

June 27, 2021

VUSN DNP and MSN Alumna, Dr. Melissa Stec, DNP, APRN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN is now offering midwife services for obstetric patients delivering at the Wilson Health Medical Group ObGyn practice and the hospital’s Family Birth Center in Sidney, Ohio. “I love working with women, and being able to see their prenatal care right through to the birth…

‘Secret shopper’ study sheds light on barriers to opioid treatment for women

June 25, 2021

Investigators analyzing comments received during a 2020 Vanderbilt University Medical Center study that showed women have a difficult time accessing treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) have shed further light on barriers to care. Those included everything from long on-hold times to difficult interactions with clinic receptionists during phone calls seeking appointments, said Vanderbilt University School of Nursing assistant professor Julia Phillippi, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, lead author on the qualitative study published in “Women’s Health Issues.”

Maternal health expert wins NIH grant to study disparity in births among Black and white women

June 25, 2021

Assistant Professor of Nursing Jeremy Neal, PhD, FACNM, has been awarded an R21 exploratory/development grant of more than $250,000 from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to assess the differences in labor progress and care among Black and white women with low-risk pregnancies. The study will focus on the frequency of cesarean births among the two groups. It will be the first to describe obstetric care in this way at a high-volume, academic medical center, and its findings will inform how health care providers can improve standards of care to ultimately decrease the disparity in cesarean births.

School of Nursing receives 10-year CCNE accreditation

June 24, 2021

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has reaccredited Vanderbilt University School of Nursing for its master of science in nursing, doctorate in nursing practice and post-master’s certificate programs for a 10-year period through 2031. The prestigious accreditation comes after an extensive self-study followed by rigorous review by a peer-review team of CCNE examiners and the…

VUSN Nurse-Midwives step up to save lives in two emergencies

June 21, 2021

The mother of the groom was choking at a wedding reception. A person needed CPR on a plane. Two Vanderbilt Faculty Nurse-Midwives stepped up and saved lives. Read about CNMs Grace Zimmerman and Alexandra Speros, MSN’19, in “VUMC Voice.”