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Songwriting aids palliative care nurse in cancer fight

Nov. 15, 2018—Megan Palmer, RN, a nurse in the Palliative Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, wears many hats, but she never imagined writing a song about a perfect Stetson cowboy hat would hold such powerful meaning in her life.

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Initiative stresses importance of advance directives

Apr. 12, 2018—While many might prefer to not think about dying, healthcare professionals throughout the United States are encouraging patients and their families to do just that during a national awareness campaign April 16-22 that promotes the importance of completing an advance directive for healthcare.

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Rounds: A message from the President and CEO of VUMC

Nov. 16, 2017—Over the year, Congress has repeatedly attempted to “fix” healthcare by altering the funding streams between states and the federal government, as well as to commercial insurers. All of this might lead one to think that Congress is focused on the most important problems facing healthcare.

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Film documents photographer’s journey to regain quality of life

Sep. 14, 2017—Nashville photographer Fred Dusel took a long draw on his ever-present trademark cigar as he studied a richly detailed carbon transfer print of wind-twisted driftwood on a barrier island beach in Georgia.

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Benefits of palliative care for liver disease patients studied

Aug. 24, 2017—Past research has proven that palliative care — specialized medical care focused on pain and symptom management as well as psychosocial interventions to improve quality of life — benefits patients with malignant diseases such as aggressive cancers. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) health care providers are now studying whether palliative care can also benefit those with advanced liver disease, a diagnosis that precedes either a life-saving liver transplant or death.

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Musician, physician collaborate to create message of hope on film

Apr. 13, 2017—Nashville musician and producer Jesse Boyce compares the anxiety he felt just before receiving palliative radiation therapy to the jitters he often experienced before going on stage. The instant treatment began — and as the first note rang out — his anxiety was replaced by a sense of peace and determination.

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Using the Internet for good

Feb. 14, 2017—Terrah Foster Akard is helping children facing serious and life-threatening illness create a digital record of their lives, and measuring the impact the practice has on their emotional wellbeing.

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Vigil Volunteers program expanding to Medical ICU

Jan. 12, 2017—After a successful 2016 pilot in the 16-bed Palliative Care Unit, the Vanderbilt Vigil Volunteers (V3) program — which pairs a volunteer with dying patients who either have no known family or friends, or whose family and friends are unable to be with them — is expanding into the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) in early 2017.

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New VUMC educational series focuses on palliative care

Sep. 29, 2016—A new series of lunch and learn events at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is designed to teach nurses and other medical professionals best practices for providing palliative care to patients at their bedsides.

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New initiative pairs volunteers with palliative care patients

Aug. 4, 2016—As a nurse working with critically ill patients with orders to not resuscitate, Rebecca Hixson, R.N., has often lingered in a patient’s room to complete her routine charting if she felt they were nearing death and no family or friends were around. But Hixson now hopes a new volunteer program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will mean these patients will always have someone by their side at the end of life.

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VUH debuts new unit dedicated to palliative care

Sep. 27, 2012—When Mohana Karlekar, M.D., talks with patient families, she almost always asks what they know about palliative care, and the answer is almost always the same — “Not much.”

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