Christian Ketel DNP, RN, FNAP
Co-Director Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Inter-Institutional and Interprofessional Student Program
Christian R. Ketel, DNP, RN, FNAP, is a distinguished leader in the field of nursing with a robust background in nursing practice, health systems leadership, and community healthcare. As an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, he imparts knowledge on healthcare quality improvement, informatics, and leading interprofessional teams. Additionally, Dr. Ketel co-directs the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance's Interprofessional Learning Program, guiding students in addressing social and economic inequities. Dr. Ketel's dedication to community health shines through his volunteer initiatives. He spearheaded the Vanderbilt Mobile Vaccine Program, vaccinating over 10,000 individuals from underserved communities in partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and local community agencies. Moreover, as the founder of the Urban Housing Solutions Community Resiliency Hub, he has facilitated vital resources, from emergency food to health system navigation, reaching thousands in need.
Esteemed by his community and peers, Dr. Ketel's accolades are extensive, including Middle Tennessee State University True Blue Distinction for Community Service (2023), the Martin Luther King Jr. Award (Vanderbilt University, 2022), John W. Runyan Community Nursing Award (University of Tennessee, 2022), and the Excellence in Nursing Award (Tennessee Nurses Association, 2019). An esteemed author, he has contributed to various publications on primary care, suicidality, and interprofessional collaboration. His influence extends to grant writing, implementation, and evaluation, having secured, contributed, and evaluated over $20 million worth of programming for transformative community health, education, and behavioral integration projects. Dr. Ketel's memberships include the National Academies of Practice, the American Nurse Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.
Dr. Christian Ketel blends academia, community service, and healthcare innovation, embodying nursing excellence and compassionate leadership.
- DNP, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 2014
- MSN, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2004
- BSN, Middle Tennessee State University, 1999
Current Research/Scholarly Interests
- Health Systems Equity and Access
- Patient Engagement Strategies
- Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration
- Interprofessional Education and Practice
- Nursing AND Biomedical Informatics
- Healthcare and Organizational Leadership
- Healthcare Quality Improvement
- Interprofessional Educational
Program Evaluation and Author/Key Personnel. (PI: Jones). Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Workforce, HRSA, 07/01/2023-06/30/2027, $2,800,000
Program Evaluation and Co-Author/Key Personnel. (PI: Tapp). Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program. Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Workforce, HRSA-23-014, 07/01/2023-06/30/2027, $2,600,000
Program Evaluation and Co-Author/Key Personnel. (PI: Elkins) Community Health Worker Training and Apprenticeship. Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Workforce, HRSA, 07/01/2022-06/30/2025, $3,000,000
Community Health Improvement Mini-Grant (PI: Ketel) Community Medical Transportation Project. 07/01/2021-06/30/2022, $7,500.
Program Evaluation and Co-Author. (PI: Zsamboky ) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Workforce, HRSA, 07/01/2021-06/30/2025, $1,908,000
Program Evaluation and Co-Author. (PI: Pitts) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program. Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Workforce, HRSA, 07/01/2019-06/30/2023, $2,710,321.00
Program Evaluation and Co-Author. (PI: Jones) Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Workforce, HRSA, 07/01/2019-06/30/2023, $2,440,024.00
Project Implementation and Co-Author. (PI: Pilon) Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention: Behavioral Health Integration onto an Interprofessional Team. Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA, 7/1/2017-6/30/2019, $999,101
Informatics Team Lead and Co-Author. (PI: Crawford) Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN): Tennessee Primary Care Association. Bureau of Primary Care, HRSA, 7/1/2016-6/30/2019 $750,000
Project Manager and Practice Coach. (PI: Pilon) Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: The Mercury Courts Model. Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA, 9/2/1201-9/29/2015, $1,394,204.
Program Evaluator and Clinical Consultant. (PI: Crawford) Connecting Tennesseans to Better Health through Technology: Innovative Strategies to Address Patient Health Needs. United Health Foundation. 05/01/2015-08/31/2018. $900,000.
United Ways of Tennessee Co-PI. Community Impact Grant for the Clinic at Mercury Courts LMSW Integration. $43,000 for The Clinic at Mercury Courts ($89,500 total)
Smith, J., Vaden, C., Smith, W., Ketel, C. (2022). Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care for Women. Advances in Family Practice Nursing; (4), pg 79-89. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2589420X21000381?via%3DihubKetel, C. (2021). Nurse Practitioners as Gatekeepers for Suicidality: Asking Can Save a Life. The Nurse Practitioner Blog. June 2021 https://journals.lww.com/tnpj/blog/NewAndNoteworthy/pages/post.aspx?PostID=128
Husson, N. M., Trangenstein, P. A., & Ketel, C. (2021). Education to Improve Point of Care Documentation in Home Care Nurses: A Quality Improvement Project. Computers, informatics, nursing : CIN, 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000811. Advance online publication. https://doi-org.proxy.library.vcu.edu/10.1097/CIN.0000000000000811
Ketel, C., Hedges, J., Smith, J., Hopkins, L., Pfieffer, M., Kyle, E., Raman, R., & Pilon, B. (2021) Suicide Detection in a Nurse-Led, Interprofessional Primary Care Practice: A 2-Year Report of Quality Data. The Nurse Practitioner; 46(4), pp 33-40.
Shurson, L., Pilon, B., Ketel, C., & Anthamatten, A. (2019). Development of an interprofessional home healthcare management service: within an urban housing development. Home Healthcare Now; 37(5): pp 285-291.Gentry, C., Parker, R., Ketel, C., Rosenbloom, S., Crutcher, T., Scott, A., Starks, J., Davidson, H., and Pilon, B. 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 (2016): 1-7. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/608295/summary
Pilon, B, Ketel, C., & Davidson, H. (2015). Evidenced-based Team Development in Nurse-Led Interprofessional Teams: A Case Report. Nursing Management; 22(3):pp. 35-40. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26014794
Ketel, C. (2015). Potentials of Internet-Based Patient Engagement and Education Programs to Reduce Hospital Admissions: A Spotlight on the Need in Heart Failure. Nursing Clinics of North America; 50(2): pp. 283-291. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029646515000171
Pilon,B., Ketel, C., Davidson, H., Gentry, C., Crutcher, T. Scott, A. Moore, R., & Rosenbloom, T. (2015). Evidence-Guided Integration of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice into Nurse Managed Health Centers. Journal of Professional Nursing; 31(4): pp. 340-350. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S8755722315000150
Holley, S & Ketel, C. (2014). Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation & Focuses Professional Practice Evaluation: understanding the process from an advanced practice viewpoint. Journal of Midwifery and Women?s Heath; 59(4) 452-459. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jmwh.12190/full
Ketel, C. and Plummer, C. (March, 2022). Vanderbilt Mobile Vaccine Program. Special Invitation to present at the
Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Board.
Ketel, C., et al (January 2022). COVID Perspective, Values, and Vaccination Hesitancy. VUSN Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
McClure, N., Ketel, C., Elkins, T., and Jones, P. (September 24, 2021). Implementation Strategies for NP Fellowships in Underserved Communities. 2021 NLN Education Summit: Leading and Teaching Beyond Resilience. Washington, D.C, September 23-25, 2021.
McClure, N., Jones, P., Elkins, T., and Ketel, C. (July, 2021). Use of the SNAPPS Model in NP Transition to Practice Programs for Rural and Medically Underserved Populations. AONL 2021 Virtual Conference: Inspiring Nurse Leaders.
Ketel, C. et al. (July 2020) Public Health in the COVID Era: Community Driven Response + Equity Driven Changes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjUkp39aZhA
Baksh, L., Ketel, C., & Davis, S. (June, 2020) Team-based Care and Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurse Annual Convention, Phoenix, AZ.
Scott, A., Ketel, C. (June 2020) Provider Buy-in to Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care. 2020 Sustaining Primary Care-Behavioral Health Integration HRSA National Conference, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville TN.
Gentry, C., Starks, J., & Ketel, C. (June 2020) Creating an Interprofessional and Inter-Institutional Learning Environment in the Clinical Practice Setting. Sustaining Primary Care-Behavioral Health Integration HRSA National Conference, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville TN.
Ketel, C., Smith, J., Plaxico, J., Gentry, C.,
& Pilon, B. (April, 2019). Integrated Behavioral Health into Primary Care. Dispensary of Hope Southeast Region
Symposium, St. Thomas West, Nashville TN. https://www.dispensaryofhope.org/
Ketel, C. (September, 2018). Informatics Beyond Hospital Walls: Improving Patient Outcomes in the Outpatient Setting, American Nursing Informatics Association, Tennessee Chapter 1st Annual Conference. https://community.ania.org/tennessee/home
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, Netherlands. http://www.npapn2018.com/parallel_sessions/
Ketel, C., Scott, A., Starks, J., Gentry, C., Smith, J., Rosenbloom, T., Parks, C., Jones, P., & Pilon, B. (2017). Nurse-Led Interprofessional Care: The Mercury Courts Model. (Presented at The Tennessee Center for Nursing Practice at UTK). https://nursing.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2017/07/Agenda-2017-CNP.pdf
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 Presented at The Tennessee
Center for Nursing Practice at UTK). https://nursing.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2017/07/Agenda-2017-CNP.pdf
Pilon, B., Ketel, C., Scott, A., Gentry, C., & Pemberton, J. (2015). Integrating interprofessional care: Learning from the clinic at Mercury court?s experience. (Presented at Stanford Medicine X/ED at Stanford University, Stanford, CA) http://www.thedigitalapothecary.com/musings/2015/9/24/medxed-workshops-day-2-live-blog
Ketel, C., Scott, A., Starks, J., Gentry, C., Parker, R., & Pemberton, J. (2015) Innovations in IPCP: The Mercury Courts Model. (Presented at the Interprofessional Healthcare Summit, Savannah, GA) https://www.armstrong.edu/health-professions/iphcc-2015-interprofessional-health-care-summit-present...
Pilon, B, Davidson, H. Ketel, C., Scott, A., Gentry, C., Foster, P., Crutcher, C. Rosenbloom, T. (2015). Development and Evolution of an Interprofessional Collaborative Team to Improve Patient Outcomes in Vulnerable Populations. (Poster Presented at Institute for Healthcare Improvement Office and Community Practice Summit, Dallas, TX)
Ketel, C. (2014). Development of an internet-based population management program to improve communication within an IPCP team providing primary care. (Presented at NLN/Elsevier Informatics Conference, Nashville, TN)
Ketel, C, Pilon, B., Trangenstein, P. (2014). Evaluation of an Internet-Based Patient Engagement and Education Program. (Poster Presented at NLN/Elsevier Informatics Conference, Nashville, TN). https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christian_Ketel/publication/280235903_Evaluation_of_an_Internet...
- National Academies of Practice (Nursing)
- American Nurse Association
- Tennessee State Nurse Association
- Sigma Theta Tau
- Distinguished Alumni for Community Service, Middle Tennessee State University, 2023
- John W. Runyan Community Nursing Award for Tennessee, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, 2022
- Recognition of National Achievement, Mobile COVID19 Vaccine Program, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2022
- Distinguished Fellow National Academies of Practice (Nursing), 2022
- Martin Luther King Jr. Award, Vanderbilt University, 2022
- ELEVATE Team Award, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Mass Vaccination Team, 2021
- Excellence in Nursing Award, Tennessee Nurses Association, 2019
- Ingeborg Mauksch Faculty Mentor Award, Vanderbilt University, 2019
- Dean's Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Clinical Practice, Vanderbilt University, 2019
- Phyllis M. Frank Volunteer of the Year, Nashville Coalition for the Homeless, Nashville TN, 2014
- Dean's Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Clinical Practice, Vanderbilt University, 2012
- 5 - Star Provider Award, Excellence in Health Care Awards, Nashville, TN, 2007
- Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Outstanding Mentor Award, Colorado Springs, CO, 2000 and 2001
- Elizabeth Seton Award for Clinical Excellence, Centura Health, Colorado Springs, CO, 2000
- Induction into Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Alpha Chapter, Murfreesboro, TN, 1999