January 12, 2007

Buerhaus takes on different role; Minnick new VUSN research dean

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Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N.

Buerhaus takes on different role; Minnick new VUSN research dean

Ann Minnick, Ph.D., R.N.

Ann Minnick, Ph.D., R.N.

Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N., senior associate dean of Research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), has been tapped to run the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, based in Vanderbilt's recently established Institute for Medicine and Public Health.

Buerhaus joined VUSN in 1999 from Harvard University. His many accomplishments at VUSN include authoring a landmark series of articles about the nursing shortage which drew national attention to the issue.

“Peter has helped put VUSN on the map when it comes to nurses involved in health services,” said VUSN Dean Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., R.N. “His imprint will be felt at VUSN for many years to come.”

Ann Minnick, Ph.D., R.N., has been named to succeed Buerhaus as senior associate dean of Research at VUSN.

Minnick is a nationally known health services researcher who joined VUSN from Rush University last year. She has led numerous national grants that have influenced the environment of nursing practice and helped advance the nursing profession. She has consulted with education and service institutions at the state, federal and international level.

“Ann is one of the leading nursing health services researchers in the country, and we are delighted that she has agreed to take on this additional responsibility,” said Conway-Welch. “She has a wealth of experience and talent.”

Minnick has held a variety of academic, service and research positions. Her current research concerns are issues related to health service delivery, nursing human resources and patient-centered care.

She recently was named by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Levitt to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice.

“She and Peter will be working closely together on strategic projects,” said Conway-Welch. “Having them both at Vanderbilt is a real coup.”