Vanderbilt Nurse Magazine


Fall 2019

Patient-oriented discovery

What drives a nurse-scientist? A problem to be solved, curiosity, observation, inquiry and passion — and a deeper, simpler motivation. Nurses want the best outcomes for their patients. Nurse-scientists and researchers are determined to find ways to make them happen. For Terrah Foster Akard, PhD’08, MSN’01, it was wanting to help parents like a father…

From Vietnam to Vanderbilt

Duc Pham, MD’98, often speaks about how lucky he has been in his life. He recounts acts of kindness by teachers who helped him succeed in school, by organizations that offered him scholarships to attend medical school, and by the United States for welcoming his family after they fled Vietnam following the Vietnam War. Pham…

Partnership for diversity

Clark Atlanta University junior ShaVaughn Thomas admits she knew little about nurse practitioners and their role in patient care, but after taking part in an intensive, hands-on summer program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, she not only knows what advanced practice nurses do, she has great respect for their contributions.

Making an Impact

Every day, every hour, Vanderbilt nurses make an impact. They do so in patient care, helping patients and families and collaborating with colleagues and co-workers. They do so in education, imparting knowledge to the next generation of nurses and advanced practice nurses and academic leaders, then sharing best practices with fellow educators all over the…

Vanderbilt nurses for life

What inspires 14 busy nursing professionals to dedicate hours of their valuable free time to their alma mater? From organizing networking events to honoring outstanding fellow alumni, the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Board helps connect graduates back to the school. Meet your alumni board and learn what they want you to know about…

Dean’s Message

As the nation’s largest group of health care providers, nurses are often the professionals who see a need, gap in knowledge or better way in patient care or safety. Nurse-scientists — scholars who have been educated in rigorous scientific inquiry and focus on health care issues — take those questions and needs and set out to find solutions and better ways.

VUSN receives federal grants to increase and equip FNPs in rural, underserved areas (News Around the School)

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing received two awards totaling more than $5 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase the number of nurse practitioners working in rural and underserved communities where there aren’t enough primary care providers.

Alumni and faculty honored as fellows by AAN, AANP and ACNM (News Around the School)

Twelve faculty and alumni of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing have been named fellows by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

School of Nursing designated Center of Excellence (News Around the School)

The National League for Nursing has named Vanderbilt University School of Nursing an NLN Center of Excellence in recognition of its high standards of educational excellence and visionary leadership.

Phillippi to head Nurse-Midwifery specialty (News Around the School)

Julia Phillippi, PhD, MSN’99, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, has been named academic director of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery program. She will also co-direct the Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner dual-focus specialty.

Mariann Piano named to International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame (News Around the School)

Mariann R. Piano, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, Senior Associate Dean for Research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).

Graduates inspire optimism about health care’s future (News Around the School)

The School of Nursing presented degrees to more than 400 graduates during Commencement and investiture ceremonies on May 10. The class included 348 MSN and 56 DNP graduates. An additional five PhD in Nursing Science graduates were honored in separate Vanderbilt Graduate School ceremonies.

Atrium dedicated to former dean Colleen Conway-Welch (News Around the School)

The atrium in the new $23.6 million Vanderbilt University School of Nursing building has been named after former dean Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, FAAN, FACNM, who served as dean for 29 years and is credited with transforming nursing education at Vanderbilt and nationally.

Vanderbilt again named best school for men in nursing (News Around the School)

The American Association for Men in Nursing has again recognized Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as a best school for men in the nursing profession. In informing the school of the honor, the AAMN wrote that VUSN “easily meets the qualifications to be deemed a 2019 Best School for Men in Nursing.” AAMN recognition must…

VUSN mourns mental health advocate, forensic pioneer and professor Joyce Laben (News Around the School)

Tennessee inmates with mental illness owe a debt of gratitude to Professor of Nursing, Emerita, Joyce Laben, JD, MSN, FAAN, who died June 30. Her pioneering work as director of forensic services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health instigated procedures for them to be evaluated and treated in a humanly and timely manner.

Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

This list includes research grants, nonresearch grants and clinical-community partnership grants that are active as of July 1, 2019.

Welcome New Faculty

We welcome noted nurse scientists, experienced clinicians and stellar educators to Vanderbilt School of Nursing.

Selected Works 2018

VUSN faculty are recognized for discovery, scholarship and leadership in higher education and the nursing profession. Here is an abridged list of their work and honors, followed by a sampling of student accomplishments.

Class Notes — Fall 2019

The information on alumni accomplishments, career moves, marriages, births and deaths through June 2019.

VUSN By the Numbers

An infographic with details on the August 2019 incoming student class.

Inside the Fall 2019 Issue of Vanderbilt Nurse