faculty profile

Abby Luck Parish   DNP, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC, FNAP

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Dr. Parish completed her MSN in Adult/Geriatric nursing at Vanderbilt University in 2005. She completed her DNP at the University of Tennessee in May, 2010, and in the fall of 2010, she returned to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as an instructor in the MSN and DNP programs. She continues to practice part time at a nursing facility in Nashville, TN.


  • DNP, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (Adult/Geriatric Nursing)
  • BS, Lipscomb University

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Well-being of Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Frailty in Older Adults

Academic Interests

  • Pharmacology
  • Mental Health in Primary Care
  • Clinical Practica

Representative Publications


Kim, J., Ea, E., Parish, A., & Levin, R.F. (2016). A Nurse Practitioner-led Heart Failure Education Program for Certified Nursing Assistants in a Long Term Care Facility. Annals of Long Term Care, 24(5), 27-34.

Flagg, L. & Parish, A. (2016). Hematuria to Bladder Cancer Management Timeliness: A Baseline Study. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(4), 235-242.

Monroe, T.B., Parish, A., Mion, L. (2015). Decision factors nurses use to assess pain in nursing home residents with dementia. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29(5), 316-320.

Karlekar, M., Collier, B., Parish, A., Olsen, L., and Elasy, T. (2014). Utilization and determinants of palliative care in the trauma intensive care unit: Results of a national survey. Palliative Medicine 28(8), 1062-1068.

Parish, A., & Holliday, K. (2012). Long-term care acquired urinary tract infections' antibiotic resistance patterns and empiric therapy: A pilot study. Geriatric Nursing 33(6), 473-478.

Monroe, T., Carter, M., & Parish, A. (2011). A case study using the Beers List Criteria to compare prescribing by family practitioners and geriatric specialists in a rural nursing home. Geriatric Nursing 32(5), 350-356.

Clinical Practice

  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Mental Health in Primary Care
  • AGPCNP Clinical Practica

Professional Organizations

  • American Nurses Association, 2013-Present
  • Tennessee Nurses Association, 2013-Present
    Secretary, District 3, 2013-2015
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, 2013-Present
  • Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, 2007-Present
    President, Middle Tennessee chapter, 2012-2014
    Vice President, Middle Tennessee chapter, 2010-2012
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Iota Chapter, 2005-Present
    Counselor, Iota Chapter, 2012-2014