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Program rewards employees who refer new nurses

Jan. 31, 2013—Under the Nurse Referral Bonus Program, Vanderbilt will pay $2,500 to any employee who successfully refers a BSN nurse with at least one year of prior experience for a full-time nursing position, with additional incentives also available.

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For Cancer Center’s Joyce, volunteering comes naturally

Jan. 31, 2013—Nearly every week since 1988, cancer patients and families visiting Vanderbilt University Medical Center have been able to count on a comforting routine — at least one morning per week they are greeted by the same smiling volunteer who dispenses a dose of friendship along with coffee, snacks and advice about how to navigate the sprawling Medical Center campus.

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Long-term effects of prostate therapies tracked

Jan. 30, 2013—A new study comparing outcomes among prostate cancer patients treated with surgery versus radiotherapy found differences in urinary, bowel and sexual function after short-term follow-up, but those differences were no longer significant 15 years after initial treatment.

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New unit nursing structure stresses leadership, support

Jan. 24, 2013—A new unit nursing leadership structure, rolling out first at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, gives bedside nurses more support from their leaders.

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MLK Day speaker explores health inequality issues

Jan. 24, 2013—The Martin Luther King Jr. Day address at Vanderbilt University Medical Center was part statement about progress toward health goals, and part sermon about the need to finish the march to the promised land of health equality.

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External defibrillator jumpstarts patient’s heart

Jan. 24, 2013—Typically, when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest while asleep, the chance of survival is poor.

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VKC’s Science Day explores promise of research

Jan. 24, 2013—Recent advances in genetics and understanding how the brain works raise the possibility that intellectual developmental disabilities are treatable and some actually may be reversible.

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Flu season’s rise highlights crucial role of vaccination

Jan. 17, 2013—While this year’s flu season appears to be slowing down in some parts of the country, we’re not out of the woods yet, caution officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Study helps define pancreatic cancer’s cellular origins

Jan. 17, 2013—Vanderbilt and University of California investigators have discovered the “cell of origin” for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, a finding that could lead to early detection methods and new treatments.

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Basketball player’s project scores big for young patients

Jan. 17, 2013—For Gabby Smith, a senior on the Vanderbilt University Women’s basketball team, a box of crayons is more than a carton of colored wax sticks used to scribble on paper.

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New app takes emergency medicine information mobile

Jan. 17, 2013—A Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine physician has created an application for smart phones and tablets to help emergency care providers stay on top of the latest research and newest treatment techniques.

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Simulated Mars mission reveals body’s sodium rhythms

Jan. 10, 2013—Clinical pharmacologist Jens Titze, M.D., and colleagues have discovered that – in contrast to the prevailing dogma – human sodium levels fluctuate rhythmically with 7-day and monthly cycles.

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