VUSN named Best School for Men in Nursing third time

VUSN student Brett Young on the job at VUMC, standing just inside a doorframe

The American Association of Men in Nursing has again named Vanderbilt University School of Nursing an AAMN Best School of Nursing. This is the third consecutive year that the school was recognized by the association. 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 demonstrate their efforts to support men in nursing. Information can include how the school meets male student and faculty needs, recruitment efforts, school climate, data on student pass rates, demographics and statistics on male students, faculty and staff. Their submissions are then reviewed by the AAMN.

“Vanderbilt School of Nursing has worked hard to recruit, retain and support male students and faculty, and it’s gratifying to be recognized for those efforts,” said Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing. “It’s even more gratifying to see more men applying to become advanced practice nurses. Our student body and our profession will benefit from their contributions.”

Vanderbilt’s application also included information on local AAMN activity, including community outreach, chapter events and marketing.

The school’s submission was organized by VUSN Professor Tom Christenbery, PhD’04, MSN’87, and Instructor Chance Allen, MSN, LMSW, who advises the VUSN AAMN student chapter.

VUSN Instructor Clint Leonard, MSN’14, accepted the award on behalf of VUSN during an online celebration during AAMN’s virtual national conference earlier in October.

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Vanderbilt MSN student Brett Young, RN, BSN, works at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Susan Urmy, VUMC