Vanderbilt nursing legend dies after 45 years of service

Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center nursing legend Carl James, RN, died at 75 on Feb. 17.

Mr. James started his 45-year career at Vanderbilt in 1973 as an LPN, according to a Feb. 27 release. He earned his RN while working at the hospital. During his time, he acted as a mentor and guide to generations of new nurses.

"Carl James was a Vanderbilt nurse at his core," one his mentees, Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, executive chief nursing officer, said in the release. "As a young nurse leader, I encountered Carl and quickly knew that his advocacy for his patients and patient care were only surpassed by his commitment to his team. He was beloved by those who worked with him and in his quiet way, showed many nurses and clinicians the strength of being a Vanderbilt nurse."

Mr. James retired in 2018 and moved to Jackson, Tenn., to live near his sister.

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