faculty profile

Christian Ketel   DNP, RN, FNAP

Associate Professor
Co-Director Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Inter-Institutional and Interprofessional Student Program


Dr. Ketel is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN). He has had over 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating healthcare systems benefitting medically vulnerable populations. Most notably, his work with interprofessional team based primary care and behavioral health integration programs have sustained and expanded into women's health and midwifery/obstetric populations. Based on this work creating and leading these programs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and School of Nursing have improved the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of over 10,000 medically vulnerable residents of Middle Tennessee and trained hundreds of interprofessional students. In recent years, Dr. Ketel has disseminated his work on an organizational, state, and national level in numerous publications and presentations. Most recently he has been called open during the COVID-19 pandemic to develop and implement an emergent community vaccine program for Vanderbilt. This program has combined the catchment areas, resources, and volunteers from over 20 community partners serving at-risk, vulnerable patients in Nashville, TN and surrounding rural counties. The program was designed by Dr. Ketel, and his co-director, Dr. Carrie Plummer, and includes three strategies: 1) pop-up style vaccine events/clinics, 2) proactive door-to-door canvasing with vaccine to bring vaccines to people's doorsteps, and 3) community referral network with local home health, hospice, and faith-based organizations to bring vaccines directly to home-bound individuals. This program has vaccinated well over 6,000 vulnerable Tennesseans and allowed many students from interprofessional backgrounds to have a positive impact on the health and wellness of their communities. Lastly, Dr. Ketel serves as the co-author and Evaluator for three Nursing Workforce Recruitment and Retention programs at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. These include the Advance Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW), Advanced Nursing Education-Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANE-NPR), and Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Collaborative Funding Agreements. Along with his Vanderbilt duties, he is also the co-Director of the Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance Inter-Institutional and Interprofessional Student Program. Dr. Ketel teaches primarily in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program in the Health Systems Leadership and Informatic specialties.


  • 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

  • Patient Engagement Strategies 
  • Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration
  • Interprofessional Education and Practice

Academic Interests

  • Nursing AND Biomedical Informatics
  • Healthcare and Organizational Leadership
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement 
  • Interprofessional Educational


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)

Representative Publications


Ketel, 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

Representative Presentations

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...

Professional Organizations

  • National Academies of Practice (Nursing)
  • American Nurse Association
  • Tennessee State Nurse Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau


  • 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