A Special Mother's Day Tribute to Dr. Verla Vaughan
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On Saturday, May 4, 2013 tune in to hear Dr. Verla M. Vaughan daughters (Kim, Tracey, and Harriet) honor their mother with a special Mother's Day tribute to her life and legacy. Hear the Vaughan girls share about "Mommy" and the lessons she instilled in them by being an example to them and countless others. Hear them talk about Dr. Vaughan; the educator, a servant leader, a community Shero and a friend.
Listen to her daughters talk about their beloved mother's passion for being an advocate for the voiceless and the medically undeserved in the community. Dr. Vaughan's areas of research included HIV, diabetes, geriatrics, and cancer survivorship. Her last study, before her untimely death, was studying elderly African-Americans with diabetes who suffered with depression. Her daughters will share about the number of health care professionals Dr. Vaughan influenced while teaching at Tennessee State University's School of Nursing, through her research, editorials, and numerous lectures given around the country.
The Vaughan sisters will address their mother's battle with cancer and her heart to continue to teach, even as a patient, to medical students and health care professionals. Many of the nurses who cared for Dr. Vaughan were her former students. Because of Dr. Vaughan's strong commitment to community service, her daughters will share their plans to keep her legacy burning brightly with several projects that will involve community engagement, nursing, education, and patient advocacy.
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More About Dr. Verla Vaughan
Colleagues and former students of Dr. Verla Marie Williams Vaughan will remember the longtime educator and administrator as an excellent role model, scholar, mentor and a very caring person who pushed her students to achieve at their highest potential.
Vaughan, a tenured professor of Nursing, died Feb. 23 at age 64, taught at Tennessee State University for more than 36 years over which time she developed a reputation for being devoted to her job and her students.
Dr. Kathy Martin, Associate Dean in the College of Health Sciences and Executive Director of Nursing, with whom Vaughan worked for many years, called the late educator a leader in fostering excellence in education within the nursing profession.
“Throughout her career as a nurse educator, Dr. Vaughan served as a role model, scholar and mentor for nursing students and colleagues across all levels,” Dr. Martin said. “She exemplified the vital role that nurses play in improving the health of others especially in the area of diabetes management and improving health care disparities.”
Dr. Vaughan joined the faculty in the Division of Nursing in the former School of Nursing at TSU in 1977. In addition to teaching, she served in many capacities including coordinator of the RN-BSN degree-completion program, and interim director of the BSN program – all while serving in different nursing capacities at local hospitals.
Dr. Vaughan also served as the chair of the Christine Sharpe Lectureship series, an annual program that provides TSU nursing students and community leaders the opportunity to dialogue and exchange ideas with key nursing leaders from around the country.
Dr. Vaughan, who earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from TSU, received a master’s degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D., also in Nursing, from Texas Woman’s University.
She was married to Harry L. Vaughan, whom she met while the two were students at TSU. Her children are Sydney Kevin Aldridge, Jr., Tracey Dixon, Kimberly Vaughan and Harriet Wallace. She is also survived by three grandchildren, including Kayla Vaughan, Amber Quarles and Taniya Dixon.
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Genma Stringer Holmes