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Vanderbilt University School of Nursing honors top 100 leaders during Centennial Celebration.

A group of 100 Vanderbilt University School of Nursing alumni and faculty were honored in October as "100 Leaders-100 Years" during the school's Centennial Celebration. The following members of the Tennessee Nurses Association were included in this prestigious group of leaders in the world of nursing and TNA leadership and staff would like to extend their sincere congratulations to each of them.

Susie Adams, MSN, RN, APRN, BC

Adams was recognized as one of the early educational leaders to identify the need for the advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner role and to integrate that role within primary care settings. Adams led Vanderbilt School of Nursing in the development of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program, one of the first in the nation.

Sharon Adkins, MSN, RN

Adkins was recognized for her leadership as Executive Director of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) where she works as an advocate for the more than 70,000 nurses in Tennessee in the legislative community and educational arenas to advocate for the profession and quality patient care. Her passion for nursing is evident in her accomplishments at both the state and national levels. In her 20 plus years at Vanderbilt Medical Center, she developed and directed the Center for Parish Nursing and Health Ministries.

Adrienne Ames, MSN, RN

Ames was recognized for her dedication to nursing practice. Ames led the way for accountability in nursing practice and involvement of staff in the decision-making process that involves their practice and work environment. She helped develop one of the first nursing staff bylaws in the nation that provided the structure and the foundation for this accountability and decision making.

Carolyn Bess, DSN, RN

Bess was recognized for her teaching in the BSN and MSN programs at Vanderbilt School of Nursing for more than 37 years and designing one of the first distance RN to MSN programs in the U.S. Her leadership in curriculum development and evaluation was evident during major curriculum revisions and accreditation visits. Mentorship for registered nurse students is a hallmark of her career at Vanderbilt.

Virginia Trotter Betts, MSN, JD, RN, FAAN

Betts was recognized as a national and international health and mental health policy leader. She currently serves as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and previously as the Senior Advisor on Nursing and Policy to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her leadership within the nursing profession includes serving as President of the American Nurses Association and the Tennessee Nurses Association.

John Michael Briley, DNP, RN, APRN, BC

Briley was recognized for being an ardent supporter of advanced practice nursing education. He has served as a preceptor for numerous pharmacy and nursing students for the past 14 years. He founded Primary Care Specialists--South, LLC in 2006 and not only continues to be active in his private practice but also in the Tennessee Nurses Association in various roles.

Laura Beth Brown, MSN, RN

Brown was recognized for her contributions as a leader in the home health industry. She has led the efforts in establishing Vanderbilt as one of the dominant home care providers in the state of Tennessee, ranking among the top 25% in "Home Care Elite" in the nation. Brown is the current President of the Tennessee Nurses Association.

Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN

Buerhaus was recognized for his nationally renowned work in research, especially as it relates to reshaping public policy regarding the nursing shortage. He is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies in the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Leanne Busby, DSN, RN, APRN, BC, FAANP

Busby was recognized for her dedication to education nurses at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Busby is currently a Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt. She served as Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Specialty at Vanderbilt for seven years and helped facilitate the opening of the Vine Hill Community Clinic.

Susan Cooper, MSN, RN

Cooper was recognized for making Tennessee history when she became the first nurse to serve as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health in 2007. In 2005, she began her state service as a special policy and health advisor to Governor Phil Bredesen, charged with developing Tennessee's Health Care Safety Net.

Charlotte Covington, MSN, RN, CS, FNP

Covington was recognized for her development of new roles for nurses and nurse practitioners. As a Registered Nurse in the Vanderbilt Medical Center Emergency Department, she was one of the first flight nurses, created the role of the Emergency Department educator, and was one of the first Trauma Course instructors for the Emergency Nurses Association.

Elizabeth Dayani, MSN, RN, CPC

Dayani was recognized as a national leader in primary care, outpatient services, and home health services. For more than 30 years, she has developed and implemented innovations in health care delivery. She has been involved in state and national legislative and regulatory initiatives including the development of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations home care accreditation standards.

Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN

Dubree was recognized for her leadership in nursing and healthcare. She has served in nursing and nursing administration for Vanderbilt Medical Center (VMC) for more than 30 years and has served as Chief Nursing Officer since 1994. In 2007, she became VMC's first Executive Chief Nursing Officer and currently oversees more than 4,000 nurses throughout the medical center's campus and satellite clinics.

Frances McGaughy Edwards, MSN, RN

Edwards was recognized locally and nationally for her contribution to nursing through activism and service. She has served the Tennessee Nurses Association as a Board member, President, and Chair and Treasurer of the Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee. She has served as Chair of the American Nurses Association Political Action Committee and lobbied extensively for nurses and health care in both the Tennessee State Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Carol Etherington, MSN, RN, FAAN

Etherington was recognized for her work in rural areas from Appalachia to Angola and in urban areas from Nashville to Sarajevo. She has focused on traumatized populations, designing and administering programs to address mental health needs of individuals, families and communities impacted by crime, war or disaster.

Betsy Kerr Hay, PhD, RN

Hay was recognized for her doctoral work with elderly nursing home residents and with the assisted-living community. She is an end-of-life trainer with a mission to graduate students who are able to provide compassionate, knowledgeable care to dying patients and their families.

Leslie Higgins, PhD, RN, CFNP

Higgins was recognized for her research interests that include patient understandings of chronic illnesses and how those understandings affect patients' willingness to make the therapeutic changes nurses prescribe. She has served as a family nurse practitioner in Nashville for more than 30 years.

Beth Colvin Huff, MSN, RN, FNP, CS

Huff was recognized for her career in gynecologic cancer. She worked for 12 years in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Since 1997, she has coordinated the Vanderbilt Colposcopy Clinic where she sees patients who have had an abnormal Pap test.

Joyce Laben, MSN, JD, RNCS, FAAN

Laben was recognized for her development of the current Tennessee Forensic Mental Health System as well as her lifelong commitment to the mentally ill in the criminal justice system. A nurse and an attorney, she co-authored two reports that led to the creation of the first mental health court in Tennessee, co-authored books on mental health law for nurses and has written multiple articles on legal/ethical issues in health care.

Frances Likis, MSN, DrPH, RN, FNP, CNM, W

Likis was recognized for her contributions to women's health care and to the midwifery and nurse practitioner professions as an editor, author, educator, and clinician. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, co-editor of the textbook Women's Gynecologic Health, and the author of several journal articles and book chapters.

Ann Patterson Luther, MSN, RN, CS, CORLN

Luther was recognized for her contributions in advancing the specialty of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nursing. She played pivotal roles in both the development of a national certification exam in this specialty and in the establishment of the Ear Nose and Throat Nursing Foundation.

Ginger Trundle Manley, MSN, RN, CS

Manley was recognized for her leadership in the extension of advanced practice nursing. She was the first advanced practice nurse to Chair the Tennessee Board of Nursing and first nurse faculty member to have a private faculty practice at Vanderbilt. As a specialist in sexual health for more than 25 years, she developed the Manley Model of Sexual Health, which is widely used to assess and treat issues of human sexual dysfunction.

Ann Minnick, PhD, RN, FAAN

Minnick was recognized for her national and international contributions to quality and health services initiatives that have influenced workforce, educational, and clinical regulatory policies. Currently she is Senior Associate Dean of Research and Co-Director of the PhD program at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing.

Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN

Norman was recognized for her commitment to nursing education for more than 30 years, 14 of which have been at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as the Associate Dean of Academics. She serves on the research team to evaluate the effectiveness of The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future related to the nursing shortage.

James C. Pace, DSN, MDiv, RN, APRN-BC

Pace was recognized for his leadership in palliative care. He developed the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program with a focus in palliative care utilizing local and nationally recognized sites for student preceptorships. He is an ordained Episcopalian minister. He was instrumental in developing the joint degree between the schools of nursing and divinity at Vanderbilt.

Bonnie Pilon, DSN, RN, CNAA, FAAN

Pilon was recognized for all of her activities related to the practice mission of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, which includes oversight of more than 10 different faculty practice sites and satellite sites that serve elementary schools, domestic violence shelters, and congregate living high rise apartment buildings for disabled and frail elderly. She serves as a consultant to University Community Health Services, Inc., the newest Federally Qualified Health Center in the state.

Julie Rosof-Williams, MSN, RN, CS

Rosof-Williams was recognized for her leadership and clinical work in child maltreatment. For the past 18 years, she has provided medical-legal evaluations for children and adolescents who may have experienced sexual abuse/rape. She helped develop and currently coordinates the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Forensic Nursing Program, which is part of the Adult Nurse Practitioners Program.

Judy Sweeney, MSN, RN

Sweeney was recognized for developing and integrating the essentials of the BSN program into the new pre-specialty curriculum, an expedited track toward becoming a nurse practitioner. It was one of the first of its kind in the country. She was one of the first faculty to put an entire course on the internet and to use the computer lab for testing purposes.

Cathy Taylor, MSN, DrPH, RN

Taylor was recognized for being appointed as Assistant Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health's Bureau of Health Services Administration (BHSA) in May 2007. The BHSA is responsible for the administration of Tennessee's 89 rural and six metropolitan county health departments and 13 regional offices, which provide both primary care and prevention services.

Betsy Weiner, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN

Weiner was recognized as a pioneer in multimedia development in nursing. She is internationally known for her leadership in nursing informatics as well as emergency planning and response. Her passion, leadership, and dedication have moved Vanderbilt School of Nursing to a major informatics leader in the world.

Carolyn Whitaker, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, FAAN

Whitaker was recognized for her vision of nursing, establishing the role of family nurse practitioner and establishing the first nurse-practitioner run clinic in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn. She recognized the need for and developed the role of the registered nurse in schools throughout the state and supported the coordinated school health program in the Tennessee General Assembly and elsewhere.
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