faculty profile

Carrie Plummer   PhD, ANP-BC

Associate Professor


Dr. Plummer has been a board certified adult nurse practitioner since 2005 and has been on faculty at Vanderbilt School of Nursing since 2008. She practiced as a member of the interdisciplinary Geriatric Inpatient Service at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 2005-2008 and also worked part-time for the Nurse Practitioner ?On Call? Service, triaging outpatient and nursing home calls for the Vanderbilt Internal Medicine Group and several area nursing homes. 

Her doctoral work at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center focuses on the public health issues of "Community-based Accumulation of Home medications: CACHES" and their association with poor health outcomes for older patients. 

Dr. Plummer was chosen to be a 2011-2013 John A. Hartford predoctoral scholar. As part of her doctoral research, she has created an interdisciplinary coalition of nursing student and faculty, pharmacy students and faculty, and undergraduate students to provide a bi-annual "Drug Disposal" event in Dickson, TN. 

Dr. Plummer is a board member of "Drug-Free Dickson" and Davidson County's "UPSTREAM" Coalitions focused on providing public education on drug disposal. Dr. Plummer has presented at national, regional, and local conferences on topics such as: Excess Pharmaceuticals in the Home, Dementia and Delirium, Older Adult Sexuality and Sexual Health, and developing an Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit.


  • PhD, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BA, Swarthmore College

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Public health issues related to "Community-based Accumulation of Home medications: CACHES."

Clinical Practice

  • Community and Population Health
  • Bi-annual Drug Disposal events utilizing interdisciplinary coalitions of nursing and pharmacy students and faculty, and undergraduate students


  • Nurse of the Year Award in Community and Public Health Nursing, March of Dimes TN, 2014
  • Julia Hereford Faculty Award, Vanderbilt School of Nursing, 2013
  • John A. Hartford Predoctoral Scholarship, Gerontological Society of America, 2011-2013
  • Doctoral Intern in the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2011
  • Vanderbilt School of Nursing "Tradition Meets Innovation" Teaching Award, 2012
  • Geriatric Advanced Practice Nursing Association "Excellence in Community Service" Award, 2012
  • Tennessee State Health Department "Injury Prevention" awardee, 2012