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Summer 2021

Going the Distance

Last spring Associate Professor Ginny Moore, DNP, MSN’90, stood in her kitchen with empty paper towel tubes in hand, puzzling over the challenge in front of her. As director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty, she was trying to figure out the best way to build a makeshift model of a woman’s pelvis using…

Change of Shift: A conversation with Dean Linda Norman

On Stepping Forward and Stepping Down Linda Norman joined Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1991 as its assistant dean for administration. Within a year, Norman was appointed associate dean for academics, selected by then-Dean Colleen Conway-Welch to execute the school’s academic mission. For the next two decades, Norman steered the School of Nursing’s educational…

Maternal Health Crisis

Promising research focuses on the mother’s health to ensure her—and her child’s— well-being in the short and long term The tie between mother and child is never closer than while the child is in the womb. Recognizing the importance of this time in human life, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has chosen to make Pregnancy…

Twice the Hope: Celebrating the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021

After a 12-month wait, the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Class of 2020 celebrated—and was celebrated—in person during Investiture ceremonies held on campus May 2. The intimate ceremony for graduates, family and friends was both traditional and innovative as it accommodated COVID-19 safety protocols while still retaining appropriate pomp and circumstance. In her address to graduates,…

Photo Essay: Celebrating Dean Linda Norman

In her 30 years at Vanderbilt School of Nursing, Linda Norman has been teacher, administrator, leader, colleague and dean–and always a nurse. These photos represent those roles and memorable occasions in her career and eight years as dean.

In the Thick of It: COVID fighters with the Navajo Nation

As a high school student who excelled in science and health, Annie Moon, MSN’03, wanted a career that would both challenge her and give her the opportunity every day to make a difference in people’s lives. Nursing fit the bill, and she has worked her entire career on the Navajo reservation where she grew up,…

Legacies of Pioneering Deans Fuel Recent Graduates to Follow Their Passions

When Karina Maza, MSN’19, was working as a Spanish language interpreter at Vanderbilt University Medical Center a decade ago, she would sometimes find herself interpreting for School of Nursing students. “I was impressed by how well they performed their tasks as students,” Maza says. “They were total pros—their work was excellent.” Intrigued by their professionalism…

School of Nursing mourns loss beloved professor Tom Christenbery

Update: View Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s memorial service for Dr. Christenbery. Thomas L. Christenbery, MSN’87, PhD’04, CNE, professor of nursing and director of program evaluation at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, died unexpectedly in his sleep Tuesday, Feb. 16. He was 66.The popular Christenbery was legendary for his friendliness, kindness and encouraging nature. In his…

News Around the School: U.S. News & World Report rankings keep VUSN among nation’s best

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was again named a top-10 graduate nursing school, as ranked in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School survey released in March. The Master of Science in Nursing advanced to be the nation’s No. 8 program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program ranked No. 6. Additionally,…

News Around the School: Pamela Jeffries Named Dean of School of Nursing

Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH, an internationally recognized leader and innovator in nursing and health care education, will become dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, effective July 1. Jeffries, professor and dean of the George Washington University School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., succeeds Linda Norman, who will step down…

News Around the School: AAMN Again Names Vanderbilt a Best School for Men in Nursing

For the third consecutive year, the American Association of Men in Nursing has named the School of Nursing an AAMN Best Nursing School/College for Men in Nursing. The honor recognizes a nursing school for significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in the nursing profession. In order to be considered for the honor, nursing schools…

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

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: VUSN earns national HEED award for diversity

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award recognizes schools and universities in health care education that demonstrate outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. “This is a wonderful recognition, and one that honors the hard work of many,”…

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

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

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…


Inside the Summer 2021 Issue of Vanderbilt Nurse

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