Tuesday, February 6 | 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM | NA 167 

Black Student Nurses Affinity Group
Understanding Bias and the Unconscious Mind
An enlightening presentation to explore the impact of unconscious bias on cultural competency and effective cross-cultural communication in health care.
Amita Bey, EdD, MPH, Associate Director, Vanderbilt University Office of Inclusion and Health Equity

Monday, February 12 | 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM | Zoom

American Assembly for Men in Nursing Affinity Group
The History of Men in Nursing
In this lecture, Blake will take you on a journey, surveying the history of men in nursing, including roots stretching as far back as 1,100 BC. .
Blake K. Smith, MSN, RN, member of the National Black Nurses Association, a commissioner for the Commission to Address Racism in Nursing for the American Nurses Association, a member of the Future of Nursing Campaign for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion National Steering Committee, and a chair member for the Nurses on Boards coalition. 

Tuesday, February 13 | 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM | SON 279

Social Injustice Conversations
Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis
During those dark pre-antibiotic days, when tuberculosis killed one in seven people, white nurses at Sea View, New York’s largest municipal hospital, began quitting. Desperate to avert a public health crisis, city officials summoned Black Southern nurses, luring them with promises of good pay, a career, and an escape from the strictures of Jim Crow. Spanning the Great Depression and moving through World War II and beyond, this story follows the intrepid young women, the “Black Angels,” who, for twenty years, risked their lives working under dreadful conditions while caring for the city’s poorest. The Black Angels recovers the voices of these extraordinary women and puts them at the center of this riveting story celebrating their legacy and spirit of survival.
Discussion will be led by Carrie Plummer, PhD, ANP-BC, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Monday, February 19 | 12:00 PM – 12:50 AM | Zoom

Neurodiversity Affinity Group
How to Best Work with Neurodivergent Patients
Molly Butler, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Assistant in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, APRN Lead, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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Tuesday, February 20 | 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM | NA 167

Supporting Open & Affirming Health Care for LGBTQ+ People
Joseph Clark, Director, Just Us at Oasis Center

Monday, February 26 | 12:00 PM – 12:50 AM | Zoom

Military Veterans Student Affinity Group
Introduction to VA Benefits

Jon Foti, Accredited Representative of the VA, CEO of Operation Song, Army Veteran
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Tuesday, February 27 | 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM | NA 167

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Affinity Group
Navigating Biases Against APIDA Health Care Professionals After COVID-19: A Panel Discussion
Join VUSN APIDA Student Nurses for a panel discussion on navigating the biases against APIDA-identifying healthcare professionals within the context of COVID-19 and how things have changed since the start of the pandemic. This discussion will be a follow-up to the 2021 publication, "COVID-19 update: Navigating biases against Asian Americans during Covid-19"—an article written by VUSN alumni who were also members of VUSN APIDA Student Nurses. Panelists will include VUSN alumni and authors of the 2021 article.
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Kara EF San Joaqui, AG-ACNP, RN

Kara EF San Joaquin is a Filipino American AG-ACNP working in ambulatory General Cardiology at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in beautiful, rainy Portland, OR. Her professional interests include providing trauma-informed care, patient advocacy and empowerment, and interprofessional collaboration. Her non-professional interests include going to a lot of concerts, playing a lot of instruments, and community organizing.

Ying Sheng, PhD, MSN, RN

Ying Sheng, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She received my Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Michigan and completed postdoc training at the Indiana University School of Nursing. Her program of research focuses on symptom science and management, menopausal symptoms, palpitations, and cardio-oncology in cancer survivors. Her current work uses biobehavioral approaches to study the underlying mechanisms of palpitations and related arrhythmias in breast cancer patients and test and develop targeted interventions to relieve the symptoms and improve the quality of life in breast cancer patients. Her goal is to leverage management, symptom science, and precision medicine to understand palpitations and other cardiovascular problems in cancer patients and improve their quality of life.

Bethany Young, PhD(c), AGCNS-BC, CCRN, RN

Bethany Young is a PhD candidate in Nursing Science and a neurocritical care Clinical Nurse Specialist. Bethany’s research goal is to optimize long-term outcomes for patients with severe injury to the nervous system. Her dissertation study evaluates the associations of delirium with 3-month outcomes after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Bethany currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.