faculty profile

April Kapu   DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN

Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships
Professor

Bio

Dr. April Kapu is a certified acute care nurse practitioner and professor of clinical nursing for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She serves as the associate chief nursing officer for advanced practice nursing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In this role, she provides professional practice support for more than 1,200 APRNs. Dr. Kapu has presented at many national conferences and has authored chapters in advanced practice textbooks, as well as published in journals such as the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Nursing Administration, Nurse Leader, Critical Care Nurse, Nursing Management and others. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and serves as regional director for Region 4. She is an active member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, for which she has served as past chair for the Government Affairs Committee and APRN Committee. Dr. Kapu serves on several state and national boards and was recently appointed by the Governor of the State of Tennessee to a special commission focused on pain and addiction treatment education. Dr. Kapu has been named VUMC's "Transformational Nurse Leader of the Year" and Tennessee Hospital Association's "Nurse of Clinical Distinction." She holds both a master's and doctoral degree in nursing from VUSN. Dr. Kapu is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing.

Education

  • DNP, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Acute Care
  • BS, Brigham Young University

Grants

"Assessing the Impact of Nurse-Led Initiatives to Promote High Value Care by Implementing Nursing Choosing Wisely? Recommendations" (Co-investigator) Nursing Solutions Research Grant, University of Chicago Medicine's Center for Healthcare Delivery Science & Innovation. With Rush University College of Nursing.

"Clinical Advancement Pilot for Non-faculty APRNs" (Co-investigator)

"Advanced Practice Health and Well-Being Study" (Principle investigator) VICTR Grant

"APRN Top of License Study" (Co-investigator) With University of Maryland Medical Center, Dallas Children's Hospital, Seattle Children's Hospital and Cleveland Clinic

"Demonstrating the Outcomes of NP Care Using a National Collaborative" (Co-investigator) 2017 AANP, FAANP Grant

"Advanced Practice Provider Patient Ratio Survey" (Principle investigator). Multi-institutional project to study APRN-to-patient ratios in various practice settings; participants from 14 academic health care systems and 1 private system.

Representative Publications

Journals

Kapu, A. and Carpenter, D. "NP/PA Scope of Practice in Critical Care White Paper." Manuscript in progress.

Kapu, A., Dubree, M., et al, "VUMC APRN/PA Health and Well-Being Study and Recommendations." Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, November 2019.

Kleinpell, R., Kapu, A. et al., "Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in Critical Care: A Concise Review of the Literature and Data 2008-2018," Critical Care Medicine, October 2019: 47(10) 1442-1449.

Pastores, S. et al. "Critical Care Organizations: Workload, Workforce and Burnout. Academic Leaders in Critical Care Medicine," Task Force of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Manuscript CCMED-D-18-01261 R1. Critical Care Medicine, April 2019:47(4).

Kleinpell, R. & Kapu, A. "Quality Measures for NP Practice Evaluation," Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. August 2017; 29(8).

Kleinpell, R., Kapu, A., Witherspoon, B., Oliver, L., Gibson, J., Vance, H., Myers, J., Green, R., Minnick, A., Trumbo, P. & Iams, W. "Showcasing Outcomes of APRN Practice with the Choosing Wisely" Campaign," American Nurse Today. 2017; May;12(5).

Dubree M, Kapu A, Terrell M, Pichert JW, Cooper WO, Hickson GB. "Nurses' essential role in supporting professionalism." American Nurse Today. 2017;12(4):6-8.

Dubree M, Kapu A, Terrell M, Pichert JW, Cooper WO, Hickson GB. "Promoting professionalism by sharing a cup of coffee." American Nurse Today. 2017;12(5):18-19.

Dubree M, Kapu A, Terrell M, Pichert JW, Cooper WO, Hickson GB. "Promoting professionalism through awareness." American Nurse Today. 2017;12(6):6-8.

Dubree M, Kapu A, Terrell M, Pichert JW, Cooper WO, Hickson GB. "Promoting professionalism through authority guided intervention." American Nurse Today. 2017;12(7):34-36.

Kapu, A. and Steaban, R., "Adding Nurse Practitioners to Inpatient Teams: Making the Financial Case for Success," Nurse Leader, June 2016:14(3):198-202.

Kapu, A. and Jones, P., "APRN Transformational Leadership: Implementation of an Advanced Practice Leadership Structure within an Academic Medical Center." Nursing Management, February 2016:47(2):19-22.

Kapu, A., et al., "Advanced Practice Providers' Patient Ratio and Workload: Results of a Multi-Institutional Study." Journal of Nursing Administration, Oct 2016:46(10):521-9.

Kapu, A. with Dubree, M., Jones, P. & Parmley, C.L. "APRN Practice: Challenges, Empowerment and Outcomes." Nurse Leader, Apr 2015:13(2):43-49.

Book Chapters

Kapu, A., Reynolds, B. (2019) ?Advanced Practice Providers at the Organizational Level.? In the Society of Critical Care Medicine (Ed.) Integrating APPs in the ICU. Mount Prospect, IL: Society of Critical Care Medicine

Kapu, A., Sicoutris, C., Broyhill, B., D?Agostino, R. & Kleinpell, R. (2017) ?Measuring Outcomes in Advanced Practice Nursing: Practice Specific Quality Metrics.? In R. Kleinpell (Ed.) Outcome Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing. New York: Springer Publishing Company


Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Association of Post Graduate APRN Programs
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Tennessee Nurses Association

Honors/Awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, FAAN
  • Fellow, Society of Critical Care Medicine, FCCM
  • Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, FAANP
  • Clinical Nurse of Distinction, Tennessee Hospital Association, 2015
  • Transformational Nurse Leader of the Year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2014
  • Clinical Nurse of the Year, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 2014