Sharon Adkins, MSN, RN
Tennessee Nurses Association
545 Mainstream Drive, Suite 405
Prior to assuming leadership for the state's professional nursing organization in 2006, Adkins held various leadership positions over two decades at Vanderbilt. She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, a master's in nursing administration from VUSN, and is a 1997 graduate of the Parish Nurse Preparation Institute at the Marquette University College of Nursing. At Vanderbilt, she developed and directed the Center for Parish Nursing and Health Ministries and is a past president of the National Health Ministries Association. Adkins is a past Nashville Medical News "Women to Watch" honoree.
Using sophisticated gene sequencing and computing techniques, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center have achieved a first-of-its-kind glimpse into how the body's immune system gears up to fight off infection.
On March 1, another rural Tennessee hospital closed its doors for good, leaving yet another town without easy access to emergency care and inpatient services.
Nashville hospitals are setting higher standards for trauma outcomes.
TDH Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, is making prevention, rural healthcare a priority.
Last month, the AMA recognized U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander for his work to improve healthcare across the country.
Cuts and reimbursement changes have led to increased hospital closures in rural America, but the National Rural Health Association is working diligently to educate lawmakers on the vital role these facilities play in keeping a community healthy and vibrant.
First responders witness human tragedy on a routine basis. A train-the-trainer program led by Acadia CMO Dr. Michael Genovese looks to alert colleagues and supervisors to red flags of PTSI and create supports to foster resiliency.
By their very nature, emergency departments are high-stakes settings filled with vulnerable patients and frightened families. Increasingly, they are also high-risk settings for healthcare providers.
Hackers continue to target healthcare providers because of the rich patient data that is part of a practice's files. Staying one step ahead is tough, but there are proactive steps to take.
From virtual classrooms to high-tech sim labs, VUSN offers state-of-the-art training for tomorrow's nurse practitioners.