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Distinguished Faculty and Senior Associate Dean
Recognized for her commitment to nursing education for more than 30 years, 14 of which have been at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as the associate dean of academics. She has been actively involved in the area of continuous quality improvement for the past 12 years, serving on the advisory committee for the Interdisciplinary Professional Education Collaborative and the Kitchen Cabinet for Professional Education of the Institute for Health Care Improvement. She is a founding member of IHI's Summer Institute for Leadership in Quality Improvement for Health Professional Educators. She serves on the research team to evaluate the effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson Media Campaign related to the nursing shortage. She developed the evaluation component for several curricula and education projects using a continual improvement framework. Most recently, she developed the evaluation/improvement process for the National Health Professional Preparedness Consortium curriculum for mass casualty and is the evaluator for an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) bioterrorism educational project grant. She has been recognized for her expertise and knowledge in nursing education and quality improvement, as evidenced by her induction into the American Academy of Nursing in 2004.