Posts Tagged ‘commencement’

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…

Brenna Gillis, MSN, DNP, is 2018 VUSN Founder’s Medalist

May 23, 2018

The 2018 Founder’s Medalist for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is Brenna Gillis, MSN’15, DNP. Gillis, who concluded her DNP work in August 2017, graduated with a 4.0 GPA — her second. Gillis is also an MSN alumna who earned a 4.0 in her master’s studies in 2015. Now a certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, Gillis provides mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in Rutherford County.

School of Nursing awards record number of DNPs during Commencement

May 15, 2018

Last week’s Commencement marked a milestone for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing when it awarded 73 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees, the greatest number since the program began in 2008. The school also awarded the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to 326 graduates during the investiture ceremonies on Branscomb Quadrangle. An…

Nursing graduates ready to begin health care journeys

May 18, 2017

“There is no better time than now to be a nurse. You are in a profession that is highly respected, challenging, fulfilling and innovating.” That’s part of what School of Nursing Dean and Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing Linda Norman, DSN, FAAN, told new graduates during Investiture ceremonies last week. “We look forward to what comes next in your professional journey.”

Vanderbilt honors Bonnie Pilon and Ken Wallston as Faculty Emeriti

May 15, 2017

Bonita “Bonnie” Pilon, Ph.D., NEA-BC, FAAN, and Kenneth A. Wallston, Ph.D., were recognized as faculty emeriti during Vanderbilt University’s Commencement ceremonies Friday, May 12. The two faculty members were among 32 retiring Vanderbilt professors honored for their years of service and scholarship. Pilon, who joined Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1989, was named professor…

VUSN 2017 Founder’s Medalist Beverly Padgett honored

May 15, 2017

Beverly Michelle “Shelly” Padgett was honored as the School of Nursing’s 2017 Founder’s Medalist during ceremonies held in Memorial Gym during Commencement May 12. Padgett received her Master of Science in Nursing in Health Care Leadership.

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