June 23, 2011

Julia Hereford Society holds summer event

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Vanderbilt University School of Nursing student Amanda Rich Almond, right, speaks at the Julia Hereford Society annual reception while Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., and Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., CNM, look on. (photo by Anne Rayner)

Julia Hereford Society holds summer event

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Julia Hereford Society held its summer event at the home of Bob and Bette Sue McNeilly last week to honor this year’s JHS scholarship recipient and celebrate the group’s efforts in easing the financial burden of nursing students.

The society is the donor group for VUSN, and was named for Julia Hereford, 1936 graduate and the school's dean from 1949 to 1965.

“Because of your support, we are going to change health care in Nashville,” Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, told the audience of 50-plus JHS members and donors.

Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., CNM, dean of VUSN, introduced this year’s scholarship recipient, Amanda Rich Almond, as an example of the future of nursing.

Almond, an adult nurse practitioner student, will finish her coursework in August. She told the audience that her mother and several other relatives, who are all nurses, inspired her to pursue her advanced practice degree in nursing.