faculty profile

Brenda Kulhanek   PhD, RN, RN-BC, NPD-BC, NE-BC

Associate Professor


Dr. Brenda Kulhanek is an associate professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Her past professional roles include Division VP of Clinical Education for TriStar Health in Nashville, TN; corporate AVP of Clinical Education for HCA in Nashville, TN; corporate director of informatics at Adventist Health in Sacramento, CA; and nursing informatics specialist at Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. In addition, Dr. Kulhanek has served in various adjunct graduate-level nursing informatics faculty roles for almost ten years. Dr. Kulhanek holds a PhD from Capella University and is board certified in nursing informatics, nursing professional development, and nursing executive leadership. She was the president of the American Nursing Informatics Association from 2016-2017 and initiated several partnerships between ANIA and other organizations including ECRI, the ANA, and ANI. Among her informatics publications and presentations are chapters in the Sigma Theta Tau nursing informatics textbook "Mastering Informatics: A Healthcare Handbook for Success";  the sixth edition of the "Handbook of Informatics for Nurses & Healthcare Professionals"; several modules of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONS) Workforce Development Program; and current work on the upcoming edition of the Nursing Informatics Scope and Standards publication. She teaches informatics at the master's and doctoral levels at Vanderbilt University and has a particular interest in strengthening nursing through nursing informatics education, and the integration of informatics into practice to support improvement of patient outcomes.