Our Stories: 1980s


Annie Dehaye Santucci :: MSN 1980
I was already a nurse and a professor of nursing in Brussels when I had the opportunity to spend 2 years in Nashville while my husband did a postdoc at Vanderbilt University.... [read story]


Mary Pike :: MSN 1981
I have so many fond memories of VUSN and the people that made up the learning environment. I enrolled in the M.S.N. medical-surgical track in fall, 1980...
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Julia Sawyers Triplett, BSN, MS, MBA :: Class of 1986
As a young girl, I was always interested in helping others. Nurse Nancy was one of my favorite childhood books, and I played the part ... [read story]


Leslie Modena, RN, BSN, CWOCN :: Class of 1989
When I decided to return to school, to earn a master’s degree and become a nurse practitioner, I’d been a nurse for fifteen years. Vanderbilt was my choice for several reasons: I wanted to move my family from rural Tennessee to an urban setting, and I knew Vanderbilt had a good reputation. Beyond that, I had no idea what to expect. At the time, my children were nine, twelve, and fourteen... [read story]


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