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More than Skin Deep: Alumnus Victor Czerkasij helps the children in Ukraine

January 12, 2024

Nursing alumnus Victor Czerkasij, MSN’06, has made visits to Ukraine, the land of his parents and ancestors, part of his personal mission. On his recent visits, he treated hospitalized children who have been traumatized by the war. “What was amazing to me was how many of the children would say, ‘I’m OK. Why don’t you give it to the child next door? They’re even worse than me,’” Czerkasij recalls.

School of Nursing receives HRSA grant to enhance simulation training

January 8, 2024

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce grant to create its new Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Simulation Education Training Program.  The three-year, $1.5 million grant, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, will allow the School of Nursing to expand…

Research studies focus on nurse staffing, discharge transitions and social drivers of health for patients.

December 15, 2023

Three targeted research projects aimed at improving hospital models of care delivery are coming together at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education Ruth Kleinpell PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FNAP, MCCM, and colleagued talked to “DIscoveries in Medicine” about their work on social determinants of health and how a new State of Tennessee grant is helping them evaluate how to fit routine SDOH screening into care.

Brigit M. Carter to speak on social justice and inclusion for the School of Nursing MLK, Jr. Annual Commemorative Lecture

December 15, 2023

Brigit Carter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, will present “Amplifying Social Justice to Achieve Inclusive Excellence” from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, in NA 161 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Lecture. She is a retired U. S. Navy commander and…

Academy for Diverse Emerging Nurse Leaders adds new March 2024 session

December 14, 2023

Vanderbilt has added a second session of its Academy for Diverse Emerging Nurse Leaders to take place March 18-22, 2024. Applications for the week-long academy are now open through February 26. The unique leadership development program is led by experienced leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to equipping nurses for future leadership roles. It…

School of Nursing recognizes alumni and friends for health care and education excellence

December 4, 2023

In November, the Vanderbilt School of Nursing honored recipients of the 2023 Alumni Awards, a group of nurses and friends who go to great lengths to support communities, education and health equity. VUSN Alumni Awards are the highest awards given by the school. Nominations open each spring and recipients are chosen by the VUSN Alumni…

HRSA awards $4 million to VUSN to address need for nurse-midwives and access to care

November 30, 2023

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a $4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to increase and diversify the nurse-midwife workforce as a means of improving maternal health and increase access to care. The school will use the Maternity Care Nursing Workforce Expansion grant to educate nurse-midwifery students with a specialized…

School of Nursing secures Moore Foundation grant for leadership academy

November 29, 2023

Boosting its commitment to underrepresented nursing leaders, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has secured a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for its innovative leadership program, Academy for Diverse Emerging Nurse Leaders. The academy is a groundbreaking, five-day immersive fellowship specially designed to train nurses from backgrounds that are underrepresented in nursing leadership…

School of Nursing alum Erin Miller receives VU early career achievement award

November 8, 2023

Erin Miller, MSN’19, was honored with Vanderbilt’s 2023 Early Career Professional Achievement Award during Reunion and Homecoming weekend Nov. 2-5. The award is given by the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association and recognizes alumni age 40 and under for their significant record of career achievement and promise for professional success. Both a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and a pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner, Miller was one of the first graduates from VUSN’s pilot VEP-SANE program. Today, her expertise as a pediatric SANE, child advocate and health care leader is recognized in more than 1,000 completed sexual assault exams and court testimony in more than 100 cases.

Anxiety Sensitivity: ‘What If’ Fears Impact Care for ICU Patients, During and After Hospitalization

November 7, 2023

Clinicians need to have a better understanding of the potential impact of patients’ anxiety sensitivity, or “fear of fear,” according to an article published in American Journal of Critical Care. When a patient has anxiety sensitivity, they misinterpret nonthreatening symptoms as threatening, assessing the potential meaning across physical, social or cognitive domains. These “what if” thoughts may trigger a spiral effect, stimulating the nervous system and resulting in stronger sensations and further catastrophic misinterpretations.

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