faculty profile

S. Cole Powers   DNP, FNP-BC

Instructor in Nursing


Dr. Powers has over 20 years clinical practice and management experience in primary care, with a focus in women and adolescent health. At Nashville General Hospital she began the City?s first APRN-managed sexual assault forensic exam service for adult females. And she served as APRN and Director of Clinical Services at Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee for over a decade.

She has 15 years teaching experience and completed her DNP in 2013 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a research focus on morbidity and mortality rates and APRN scope of practice in all fifty states. Her primary teaching focus is the application of client-centered, evidence-based, quality improvement principles within community-level care. Additionally, she guides community health students in the dissemination of quality improvement projects at professional conferences.


  • DNP, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing


  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, ANCC
  • American Heart Association, Basic Life Support

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Improving teaching strategies utilizing non-linear learning theories
  • Empowering vulnerable populations toward appropriate healthcare decisions and healthier lifestyle behaviors

Academic Interests

  • Health disparities, health literacy, and outcomes in vulnerable populations 
  • Aggregate-level client-centered, evidence-based quality improvement projects 
  • Legal and ethical considerations within healthcare delivery
  • Leadership and politics/policy in nursing/healthcare

Professional Organizations

  • American Nurses Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Nursing Society - Iota Chapter