Top 100 Leaders

Sharon Adkins

MSN 1988 - Distinguished Alumna and Faculty



Recognized for her leadership as executive director of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) where she works as an advocate for the 70,000 nurses in Tennessee in the legislative, community and educational arenas to advocate for the profession and quality patient care. Her passion for nursing is evident in her accomplishments at both the state and national levels. In her 20 plus years at Vanderbilt Medical Center, she developed and directed the Center for Parish Nursing and Health Ministries. While serving as president of the National Health Ministries Association, the organization developed the Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing with the American Nurses Association.

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