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

Health Equity
Social and Structural Drivers of Health
Community Health
Interprofessional Education

Academic Interests

Health Equity
Social and Structural Drivers of Health
Community Health
Interprofessional Education

Representative Publications


 Ketel, C., Clouse, K., … & Plummer, C. (2023) Bringing COVID-19 vaccine to medically underserved populations utilizing a community-guided mobile vaccine program. Public Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/phn.13249

Kestner, H. Plummer, C., Kirby, J., Wallace, J., Uroza, S., Haskell, B., & Branam, L. (2023). Nursing and Pharmacy Student Interprofessional Collaboration. Tennessee Nurses Association.

Perry, J., Powers, C., Haskell, B. & Plummer, C. (2022). Simulated Home Visit to Promote Chronic Disease Management Competencies in Prelicensure Nursing Students. Nurse Educator, 47 (6).

Clinical Practice

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

Professional Organizations



Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, VUSN (2022)

    Certificate of Recognition, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2022)
    John W. Runyan Community Nursing Award, UTHSC College of Nursing (2022)
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, VU/VUMC (2022)
    Alma Gault Award for Public Service, VUSN Alumni Council (2021)
    Dean’s Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Academic Endeavors, VUSN (2020)
    Tradition Meets Innovation Faculty Award for Teaching, VUSN (2017)
    Volunteer of the Year, YMCA of Middle Tennessee
    Nurse of the Year Award for Community and Public Health, Tennessee March of Dimes
    Julia Hereford Faculty Award, VUSN (2013)
    Patricia G. Archbold Scholar/National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing (2011)
    Injury Prevention Excellence Award/Tennessee Department of Health (2012)
    Excellence in Community Service Award/Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (2012)