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Pins signify nursing milestone

August 12, 2005

More than 200 Vanderbilt University School of Nursing students were recognized in a special ceremony on Sunday, receiving their professional pins of nursing for finishing the specialty program of their choice. The designation signifies that they can now begin working as nurse practitioners.

Close contact spurs breastfeeding: study

August 9, 2005

A researcher in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has discovered that skin-to-skin contact between mother and newborn immediately following birth can help babies more successfully begin breastfeeding. Bette Moore, who recently earned her Ph.D. at VUSN and is a lactation consultant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, studied a small group of women in the…

VUSN professor to ride with Lance Armstrong

July 27, 2005

Joan King, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.C., a cancer survivor and director of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing‘s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, has been chosen to ride across the country alongside seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong in a campaign called the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope. “I‘m excited. I‘m honored….

Faculty honored for teaching and research

May 6, 2005

The 2005 Faculty Awards, presented at Tuesday’s Spring Faculty Meeting, recognize excellence in teaching and in research. Teaching in a Clinical Setting — Dawn M. Vanderhoef, M.S.N., R.N., lecturer in Nursing Vanderhoef works closely with pre-specialty psychiatric and mental health nursing students and enjoys mentoring nursing students and providing clinical experiences for those who are…

Vanderbilt School of Nursing‘s School Health Clinic helping school children fight obesity

February 15, 2005

Childhood obesity in Tennessee is a growing concern. Research shows about 10 percent of children ages 2-5 and 15 percent of children ages 6-19 are obese, and the percentages have more than doubled in the last two decades. Experts at Vanderbilt say Tennessee‘s numbers match those national statistics. Patti Scott, who has a master of science in Nursing,…

Cook to head partnership assessing health of Metro Schools students

December 17, 2004

12/17/2004 – Thomas H. Cook, Ph.D., M.S.N., assistant professor of Nursing, has been appointed the School Health director for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In this newly created role, Cook is heading a partnership with Children’s Hospital and all 129 Metro Nashville Public Schools — with nearly 72,000 students — to provide health assessments…

Study examines new option for babies born addicted to narcotics

November 12, 2004

11/12/2004 – Researchers in the schools of Medicine and Nursing are teaming up on a new study designed to determine whether a new option could mean less severe withdrawal symptoms for the estimated 350,000 babies reportedly born addicted to narcotics each year.

Emergency preparedness center lauded by CDC

January 30, 2004

The National Center for Emergency Preparedness (NCEP) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been approved as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Specialty Centers for Public Health Preparedness to coordinate national efforts related to terrorism and emerging public health threats. The Centers for Public Health Preparedness program is designed to combine…

Colleen Conway-Welch Selected as Nashvillian of the Year

January 1, 2004

Colleen Conway-Welch, at the age of 22, didn’t appear afraid of anything. When she contemplated what to do with her life, she thought adventurously. When she considered where to go, she held the world in the palm of her hand.

VUMC helps influence policy change for infant flu shot

October 24, 2003

Flu prevention initiatives got a shot in the arm last week when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to recommend that all children 6- to 23-months old receive the influenza vaccine, starting with the 2004 flu season. The decision strengthens the CDC’s previous position, which only “encouraged” vaccines for healthy infants in that…