Vanderbilt Nurse Magazine

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Winter 2021

In the thick of it: COVID fighters with the Navajo Nation

Vanderbilt alumni Annie Moon, MSN’03, and Dr. Jill Moses, MD’91, confront a continuing COVID-19 crisis as they deliver health care to the Navajo Nation

It takes a team: Lessons from inside Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 unit

Vanderbilt Hospital tapped a team of experienced nurse practitioners to set up and provide care in its COVID-19 unit. They, along with the rest of the unit professionals, are still at it after nearly a year of what one describes as probably the hardest months of any of their professional lives.

Philosophy of care for women of all ages

The first baby Vernicia Winford helped deliver into the world as a certified nurse-midwife was her own niece, born just a few days after the nursing graduate student passed her American Midwifery Certification Board exam in December 2019. As a dual nurse-midwifery/family nurse practitioner student in the School of Nursing, Winford saw patients of all ages and genders…

Cancer patient research and care continue in midst of pandemic

When in-person research activities at Vanderbilt were put on hold in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sheila Ridner, Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing and director of the Ph.D. in Nursing Science Program, was the primary investigator on two research studies with oncology patients. Entering its sixth and final year, one of these studies involved…

Removing the stigma of HIV and AIDS

In Tampa, Florida, in the early 1980s, young men were coming home to their parents to die. As a registered nurse, Julie Barroso cared for many of these AIDS patients in their final days. “It was awful, seeing these young men become so ill,” says Barroso about the crisis, which decimated the gay community until…

Dean’s Message — Winter 2021

Dear alumni, friends and supporters, It has been a year since we first heard about the novel coronavirus and saw the early cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. Few would have predicted the changes, hardship, challenges and grief that were to come in the months ahead. Today, although vaccines have been developed and people are…

Alumni named fellows in American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Academy of Nursing

Ten Vanderbilt University School of Nursing alumni were inducted as fellows into two top professional nursing societies in 2020. Invitation to fellowship is one of the highest recognitions bestowed in the nursing profession. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners inducted Adele Caruso, DNP’17; Brooke Faught, DNP’18; Courtney Young Pitts, MSN’09, DNP’11; and Paula Tucker, DNP’14,…

Dean Linda Norman to step down in June 2021

Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, announced she will step down from the position June 30, 2021. A transformational leader, Norman has served as dean since 2013 and spent nearly 30 years in various academic and administrative roles at Vanderbilt….

Hudson appointed assistant dean for student affairs

Assistant Professor Tamika Hudson, DNP, MSN’12, APRN, FNP-C, has accepted the position of assistant dean for student affairs. In that role, she serves as the school’s chief liaison with students and directs student activities. Hudson acts as the primary student advocate and referral source in responding directly to nonacademic student matters. Hudson’s experience as faculty and a…

Chronic pain and LGBTQ researchers named VUSN visiting professors

A top expert in chronic pain and a renowned researcher in LGBTQ health have been named visiting professors at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. University of Maryland School of Nursing Professor Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, joined VUSN at the start of the spring 2020 semester. Columbia University School of Nursing Professor Tonda Hughes,…

School of Nursing adds anti-racism language to its official diversity and inclusion position statement

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has revised its diversity and inclusion statement to include language that specifies the school’s rejection of racism and commitment to racial equity and equality. The revised statement now incorporates the following paragraph: We reject racism of any kind, be it systemic, institutional, or individual. We acknowledge the painful histories related…

Godchaux family’s legacy continues with $6.6 million in gifts to the School of Nursing

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing received gifts this year totaling $6.6 million from the estates of Agnes G. Kirkpatrick Godchaux and Frank Godchaux III, BS’49, and Charles Godchaux, BA’52. These are among the largest scholarship gifts that the nursing school has ever received. They will support the Godchaux family’s endowed scholarships—the Elijah Nevins Kirkpatrick…

Making an Impact

Each year, Vanderbilt School of Nursing publishes a report that covers awards and grants received, new faculty arrivals, and a listing of significant publications, awards and appointments from the previous calendar year. This report is called “Making an Impact” and it is printed in the fall Vanderbilt Nurse magazine. This is not a usual year….

Currently Funded Grants and Contracts

Susie Adams Integrated Addiction Medicine Project Meharry Medical College Health Resources and Services Administration 7/1/19–6/30/24 $213,937 Terrah Akard Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow Vanderbilt University 7/1/19­–6/30/21 $80,000 Lindsey Baksh Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Expectant Mothers (MOMs VUMC National Institutes of Health 10/1/2019­–5/31/2021 $14,844 Leanne M. Boehm Improving ICU Recovery in Survivors of Critical Illness…

Welcome New Faculty

We welcome noted nurse scientists, experienced clinicians and stellar educators to VUSN.   Julie Barroso, PhD, ANP, RN, FAAN Professor Julie Barroso focuses on people living with HIV and long-term survivorship. A highly respected scientist in HIV/AIDS research, she has a history of more than two decades of research funding, including serving as principal investigator…

Selected Works and Accomplishments, 2019

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty are recognized for discovery, scholarship and leadership in the nursing profession and higher education. Here is an abridged list of their work, followed by a sampling of student accomplishments. (This information is reported by most recent full calendar year.) Selected Works Cockroft JD, Adams SM, Bonnet K, Matlock D,…

Top nurse informaticist named VUSN senior associate dean

A nursing informatics expert with extensive health system, academic and government experience has been named senior associate dean for informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Patricia (Patty) Sengstack, DNP’10, RN-BC, FAAN, currently serves as academic director for the school’s nursing informatics specialty in its master of science in nursing program. She also has a…

VUSN receives $1.35 million NFLP grant to educate future faculty

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) to support Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who are interested in becoming nursing faculty members. The award brings the funds the school has received for the NFLP program since 2008…

VUSN receives $3.2 million federal grant to increase diversity in health care providers

  Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has launched a scholarship program for family nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and dual nurse-midwifery/FNP master’s students that aims to increase diversity in primary health care providers, particularly in medically underserved areas. Funded by a new $3.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration under its Bureau of Health…


Inside the Winter 2021 Issue of Vanderbilt Nurse

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