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VUSN lands community partnership honors

Jan. 16, 2014, 8:59 AM

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was recognized as the Community Partner for the Year 2013 by Prospect Inc., a local nonprofit organization with home and day support services and employment training for individuals with disabilities over the age of 18.

Kathryn Lindstrom, Ph.D., MSN, assistant professor of Nursing and part of the VUSN Community Health faculty, initially worked with Prospect as a nurse practitioner in VUSN’s House Calls Program. In the 2012-2013 academic year, that commitment grew to involve VUSN students who taught a six-week session to Prospect Inc.’s recipients and staff regarding nutrition, exercise and daily self-care activities. So far, 24 students have had a Community Health clinical rotation, working with this typically underserved group of individuals.

“As a Vanderbilt school and as a group of nurse educators, we have a commitment to meet their needs of the community and to meet the educational needs of our students. Our goal is to create a meaningful and impactful experience for both the community and for students,” said Linda Norman, DSN, RN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor Nursing and dean of VUSN. “This is recognition of the tremendous work led by Kathryn and her students.”

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