Bonnie A. Pilon   PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN

Professor Emerita


Dr. Pilon was named Professor Emerita in 2017. She teaches in the Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Program and in the Executive Leadership DNP program. Previously she was Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships for 15 years, leading a network of primary care and midwifery services across middle Tennessee. In 2015 she was named Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor by the University for her service to the community.


  • PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Nursing Administration)
  • MN, University of Florida (Maternal-Child Health)
  • BSN, Barry College


  • Nursing Administration, Advanced, 1988-Present


Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Behavioral Health Integration into the Mercury Courts Model. Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA (Role: Project Director/PI). 2017-2019

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: The Mercury Courts Model. Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA (Role: Project Director/PI). 2012-2015

Focused Expansion - Vanderbilt Faculty Practice Network. Funded by the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA. (Role: Project Director) 2006-2011

State-wide Case Management Services for Newly Disenrolled TennCare Population. Funded by the State of Tennessee, Commissioner of Finance and Administration. (Role: Project Director) 2005-2007

Systematic Expansion of a Nurse Managed Clinic Network. Funded by the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA. (Role: Project Director) 2001-2006
Representative Publications

Representative Publications


Grant, S.M., Jones, P., & Pilon, B. (2018). Strategies and Barriers to Engaging Dual-Eligible Patients in a Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Program. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 42(3), 199-205.

Gentry, C.K, Parker, R.P, Ketel, C., Rosenbloom, S.T., Crutcher, T.D., Scott, A.W., Starks, J.L., Davidson, H.A., & Pilon, B.A. (2016). Integration of clinical pharmacist services into an underserved primary care clinic utilizing an interprofessional collaborative practice model. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(1), 1-7.

Samoya, A., Crutcher, T.D., & Pilon, B.A. (2015). Maintaining Healthy Work Environments, Nursing 2015 Critical Care, 10(6), 1-7. 

Pilon, B.A., Ketel, C., Davidson, H.A., Gentry, C.K., Crutcher, T.D., Scott, A.W., Moore, R.M., & Rosenbloom, S.T. (2015). Evidence-guided integration of interprofessional collaborative practice into nurse managed health centers. Journal of Professional Nursing, 31(4), 340-350. 

Pilon, B., Ketel, C., Davidson, H. (2015). Evidence-based development in nurse led interprofessional teams. Nursing Management (RNC publication, UK),22(3), 32-37

Nelson, K.E. & Pilon, B. (2015). Managing Organizational Transitions-The Chief Nurse Perspective. Nurse Leader, 13(3), 71-76

Pilon, B., Crutcher, T., Leming-Lee, S., Watters, R., Wolgast, K., & Arnow, D. (2014). The Value Proposition for Graduate Education of Emerging Nurse Leaders: Immediate Benefit to Organizations, Nurse Leader, 12(3), 81-85

Kapu, A., Kleinpell, R. & Pilon, B. (2014). Quality and Financial Impact of Adding Nurse Practitioners to Inpatient Teams, Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(2), 87-96.

Stanley, T., Gordon, J., & Pilon, B. (2013). Patient and Provider Attributes Associated with COPD Exacerbations, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9(1), 34-39.

Pilon, B. (2011). Removing the Barriers to Prenatal Care for Teens-Rock-A-Bye Teens: An Early SSTART Program. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 26(4), 23-27.

Pohl, J., Tanner, C., Pilon, B. & Benkert, R. (2011). Comparison of Nurse Managed Health Centers with Federally Qualified Health Centers as Safety Net Providers. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 12(2),90-99.

Barkaushas, V.H., Pohl, J.M., Tanner, C., Onifade, T.J.M., & Pilon, B. (2011). Quality of Care in Nurse-Managed Health Centers (NMHCs). Nursing Administration Quarterly, 35(1), 34-43.

Taylor, C.R., Merin, L.M., Minert-Salunga, A., Hepworth, J.T., Crutcher, T.C., O?Day, D.M. & Pilon, B.A. (2007). Improving Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Rates Using Telemedicine-based Digital Retinal Imaging Technology- The Vine Hill Study. Diabetes Care, 30(3), 574-578.

Cooper, S. R. & Pilon, B.A. (Fall-Winter, 2003). Influencing health policy at the state level: The Tennessee experience. Nursing and Health Policy Review, 2(2), 37-43.

Pilon, B.A. & Couchman, D. (September 1998). Measuring performance and outcomes in community hospitals: A case example. Seminars for Nurse Managers, 6(3), 113-118.

Pilon, B.A. (August 1998). Outcomes and surprises of work redesign. Nursing Management, 29(8), 44-45.

Pilon, B.A. (1997). Reengineering knowledge and skills: Essential for nurse managers. Seminars for Nurse Managers, 5(2), 70-74.

Pilon, B.A. (1997). Guest Editorial: Developing future managers: Education and practice. Seminars for Nurse Managers, 5(2), 69.

Pilon, B.A. (1997). Advanced practice nurse credentialing in today's healthcare market. New Medicine, 1, 89-91.

Book Chapters

Pilon, B. & Turton-Hansen, T. (2015). Nurse managed health centers and sustainability. In Nurse Led Clinics: Operations, Policy and Opportunities, Tine Hansen-Turton, Susan Sherman, & Eunice King, Eds. New York: Springer.

Lauderdale, J. & Pilon, B. (2012). Cultural Competence: Issues Impacting Clinical Practice. Interactive Web-based publication. Essential Learning Library. San Diego.

Pilon, B.A. (February, 2000). Measuring the effectiveness of clinical pathways. In DataQuest: Finding and Using Health Care Data for Performance Improvement, Jill Schlip & Roy Gilbreath, Eds. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Pilon, B.A. (1998). System-Wide CQI and education as an integrative engine. In Clinical Integration: Strategies and Practices for Organized Care Delivery Systems, Mary C. Tonges, Ed., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Representative Presentations

Pilon, B., Ketel, C., Scott, A., Gentry, C., Pemberton, J., Starks, J., Crutcher, T., Plaxico, J., Fuchs, C., & Rosenbloom, T. (August 2018). Advanced Practice Nurse-led Inter Professional Collaborative Practice: Outcomes and Model Evolution, 10th ICN NP/APN Conference podium presentation. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Pilon, B. (August 2016). Nurse-managed Health Centers in the United States?Stories from the Field, 9th ICN NP/APN Conference podium presentation. Hong Kong, China.

Pilon, B., Davidson, H., & Ketel, C. (August 2014). Development and Evaluation of an IPCP Team Providing Primary Care to Vulnerable Populations, 8th ICN NP/APN Conference podium presentation. Helsinki, Finland.

Scott, A., Selleck, C., Ketel, C., Moss, J., Pilon, B. (2017). Evaluation of Interprofessional Student Learning in a Nurse Practitioner-Led Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Site. Poster presentation at The Tennessee Center for Nursing Practice at UTK conference, Nashville, TN, July 2017.

Pilon, B.A., Davidson, H.A., Ketel, C., Scott, A.W., Gentry, C., Foster, P., Crutcher, T., & Rosenbloom, T. (March 2015). Development and Evolution of an Interprofessional Collaborative Team to Improve Patient Outcomes in Vulnerable Populations. Poster Presentation at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement 16th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community; Dallas, TX.

Parker, R., Gross, B., Gentry, C., Ketel, C. & Pilon, B. (December 2014). Pharmacy Involvement in an Interprofessional Telemedicine Service: A Demonstration Project. Poster Presentation at the American Society of Healthsystem Pharmacists Mid-Year Clinical Meeting; Anaheim, CA.

Mayberry L.S., Quintero C.C., Crutcher T., Pilon B., Sullivan, C.D., Osborn, C.Y. (June 2012) Managing Diabetes and Depression: Family Support, Depression, and Diabetes Self-Care in an Underserved Patient Population. Poster Presentation at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions; Philadelphia, PA.

Osborn C.Y., Quintero C.C., Kripalani S., Rothman R.L., Sullivan C.D., Crutcher T., Pilon B., Snell B. (June 2011) Racial disparities in diabetes: Health literacy, numeracy, or something else? Poster presentation at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association; San Diego, CA.

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Tennessee Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • Council of Graduate Education in Nursing Administration
  • Tennessee Primary Care Association, Board Member, 2008-2011
  • National Nursing Centers Consortium, Board Member, 2008-2017


  • Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor, Vanderbilt University, 2015
  • Visionary Leader Award, UAB School of Nursing, 2010
  • John Runyon Award for Leadership in Community Health, Tennessee Nurses Association, 2010
  • Women to Watch in HealthCare, 2010
  • Healthcare Heroes Community Leader, 2010
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, Vanderbilt Medical Center, 2010
  • Excellence in Teaching, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2007, for Educational Innovation
  • Tennessee Primary Care Association, Beasley Award for Statewide Leadership in Primary Care, 2006
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center Nurse of the Year, 2005
  • Inducted, Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, 2001