MSN University of California, San Fransisco
BSN University of California, San Fransisco
ASN (Nursing) Michigan Technological University
Sandy joined the staff as adjunct faculty in 2005 and fulltime as clinical placement coordinator in 2010. She has taught in community health, leadership and management, health assessment lab, adult health lab and is course coordinator for Senior Practicum. She works with both the undergraduate and graduate students coordinating clinical placements in Middle Tennessee area hospital, clinics and other health care agencies.
Sandy’s practice experience is in the field of adult health, specifically Gerontology. She began her practice in general surgery at the University of Michigan. She then moved to California and worked at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara and UCSF in neuro-surgery and neurology. While in San Francisco in graduate school she was introduced to home care through the VNA of San Francisco. After graduating she returned to Santa Barbara and became the clinical supervisor for the VNA of Santa Barbara.
The music business brought her husband Jeff, Sandy and their two young boys to Nashville. There she became a member of the Vanderbilt Homecare staff where she worked off and on for more than 20 years. She was a staff nurse, private duty supervisor and clinical nurse educator. She has also worked long term at West Meade Place and assisted living as a nurse manager and executive director at Belmont Village in Nashville.
A personal note from Sandy. . . . .
From a young age I was always surrounded by elderly people that I grew to love. Grandpa Joe was not my real grandpa but he was a neighborhood story teller that always had time to sit and talk with the kids in the neighborhood. He had good candy too because his son owned the small grocery store in our neighborhood.
I also had a great grandmother and three elderly great aunts and grandmother that all played significant roles in my life. I loved listening to their stories and lessons in living a good life. They were all involved in our church and even the priest would come over to their house after mass for Sunday lunch.
I spent many Saturdays riding my Schwinn bicycle over to the nursing home where my real grandfather lived after suffering a major stroke. Everyone was always so happy to see me and I loved my visits there.