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Vanderbilt Nursing professor launches study on therapy animals and children with cancer

April 26, 2019

The sight of a dog in a therapy vest trotting down a hospital hallway or being petted by a child lying in a hospital bed is familiar to many, yet the scientific research showing the impact of therapy animals is largely anecdotal, says Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Professor Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, FAAN. Her…

Honors and recognitions for School of Nursing faculty

April 24, 2019

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…

Guatemala service trip furthers students’ community health project

April 24, 2019

Students from the School of Nursing traveled to Guatemala during Spring Break 2019 to work with the Primeros Pasos clinic. Led by School of Nursing Instructor Shelza Rivas, DNP’17, MSN’15, BA’12, and School of Medicine assistant professor Brent Savoie, MD’09, BA’01, the group executed a quality improvement project as part of their yearlong Community Health…

VUSN MSN Alumna, Lauren Barlew, joins Women’s Surgery and Aesthetics (TN)

April 14, 2019

VUSN MSN Alumna, Lauren Barlew, a dual-board-certified Nurse Practitioner in both Women’s Health and Adult Primary Care, has joined Women’s Surgery and Aesthetics Center (Chattanooga, TN) as a second nurse practitioner to its practice. She earned a MSN in 2012 and has spent the past six years as a nurse practitioner in primary care in…

Special-needs siblings inspire MSN student’s career in care

April 12, 2019

It was at Vanderbilt that Alexandra Vierling found her passion for nursing. But the idea of working at the intersection of health care and education was a seed planted long ago. Vierling’s two younger brothers both have special needs; Brendan, 18, has autism and Kevin, 16, has Down syndrome. Her brothers had a profound impact…

VUSN Assistant Professor, Alvin Jeffery, recipient of the AACN’s 2019 Circle of Excellence Award

April 11, 2019

VUSN Assistant Professor of Nursing & Biomedical Informatics, Alvin D. JefferyAlvin D. Jeffery, PhD, RN-BC, CCRN-K, FNP-BC, was one of 14 nurses named as recipients of the prestigious AACN Circle of Excellence Award. Criteria used to evaluate Circle of Excellence award candidates include relentless promotion of patient-driven excellence; communication skills; true collaboration; effective decision making;…

VUSN MSN Alumna, Tammy French Graham, to deliver educational speech at high school

April 1, 2019

Tammy French Graham, a neonatal nurse practitioner at Covenant Healthcare’s Regional Intensive Care Unit in Saginaw, will return to her hometown, Beaverton High School (MI), April 5th to share her experiences and remind students that coming from a small town doesn’t hinder one from thinking big. Graham earned her master’s in neonatal nursing practitioner from…

KIPP elementary students learn to manage asthma with help from VUSN students

April 1, 2019

A group of KIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary School students are running back and forth between adults holding a green circle, yellow circle and red circle. The adults are graduate nursing students from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and they’re quizzing the KIPPsters on their newfound knowledge about asthma. This is the second year students have run the Green Means Go program at KIPP Kirkpatrick as part of the Community Health Course at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. More

VUSN Alumna and Veteran Navy Pilot, Jen Kiggans, Enters Race for 7th Senate District (VA)

March 30, 2019

Jen Kiggans, former Navy pilot, nurse practitioner has entered the race in Virginia’s Rep. 7th Senate district. Currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Jen Kiggans is a graduate of VUSN’s Nurse Practitioner program.

VUSN AGACNP Alumna, Kristen Bromaghim, joins Cherokee Regional Medical Center (IA)

March 28, 2019

Kristen Bromaghim, ARNP-C, has joined Cherokee Regional Clinic (CRC). Bromaghim started her duties at CRC earlier this year and is currently seeing patients in Cherokee. Bromaghim received her MSN- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) from VUSN in 2018. “I have really enjoyed getting to know my patients and co-workers since coming to Cherokee,” says Bromaghim….