faculty profile

Deonni Stolldorf   PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Dr. Stolldorf joined the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty in 2015, after completing the VA Quality Scholars 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville TN. Dr. Stolldorf?s background includes Intensive Care Nursing, Nursing Professional Development, Adult Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Consultant experiences. 
Her research interests include health services research with a focus on the sustainability of healthcare interventions. She has had publications in such journals as the Western Journal of Nursing Research, American Journal of Nursing, the Journal for Healthcare Quality, and the Journal of Nursing Care Quality.


  • VA Quality Scholar Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System/Vanderbilt University
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Pre-doctoral fellowship in Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Post-Master's Certificate (Adult NP), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.Cur, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
  • B.Soc.Sc, University of the Orange Free State, South Africa (Nursing)

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Health Services Implementation Research
  • Healthcare Intervention Sustainability
  • Care Transitions/Medication Reconciliation
  • Nurse Residency Programs


Implementing and Sustaining Complex Interdisciplinary Healthcare Interventions: Learning from Medication Reconciliation.  Principal Investigator. Mentored Research Scientist Research Career Development Award; AHRQ; 1K01HS025486. September 30, 2017 to September 30, 2020.

 A survey of staff satisfaction with pharmacy services. Principal Investigator. NCATS/NIH UL 1 TR000445 (VR52513); August 17, 2018 ? February 28, 2019.

Implementing and Sustaining Medication Reconciliation in Emergency Care Settings.  Principal Investigator. K12 Emergency Care Research Program (K12HL133117); NIH NHBLI and the Division of Emergency Medicine Research; July 01, 2017 ? June 30, 2019; Discontinued September 30, 2017 following receipt of external K01 funding.

 Medication Reconciliation Implementation in the Emergency Department.  NCATS/NIH UL 1 TR000445 (VR51464); August 24, 2017 ? February 24, 2018.

 Implementation of a Medication Reconciliation Protocol to Improve Patient Safety. Co-Investigator; Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (1R18HS023757); September 30, 2016 ? September 29, 2017. Discontinued following receipt of external funding.

Medication Reconciliation Practices: Planning for Sustainability.  Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Pilot funding. NCATS/NIH UL 1 TR000445 (VR18043). October 18, 2016 ? June 30, 2017.

 The sustainability of rapid response teams.  Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Pilot funding. NCATS/NIH UL 1 TR000445; 07/28/2014 ? 01/25/2015

Representative Publications


Stolldorf, D.P., Dietrich, M.S., Chidume, T., McIntosh, M., Maxwell, C. (2018). Nurse-led mobilization practices in two community ICUs: A Pilot Study. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. (In production) 

Stolldorf, D.P., Fortune-Greeley, AK, Nieuwsma,JA, Gierisch, JM, Datta,SK, Ethridge,KA, Angel,C, Millspaugh,D, Jackson,GL. (2018). Measuring sustainability of a grass-roots program in a large integrated healthcare delivery system: The warrior to soul mate program. Journal of Military, Veteran, and Family Health.(In press) 

Stolldorf, D.P. (2017). Sustaining Health Care Interventions to Achieve Quality Care: What we can learn from Rapid Response Teams. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32(1): 87-93. PMCID: PMC 5118121. 

Stolldorf, D.P. Dietrich M.S., Ridner, S.H. (2016). A comparison of the Quality of Life in Patients with primary and secondary lower limb lymphedema: A mixed-methods study. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(10), 1313-1334. PMCID: PMC5033662. 

Stolldorf, D.P. Mion, L.C., Jones C.B. (2016). A Survey of Hospitals That Participated in a Statewide Collaborative to Implement and Sustain Rapid Response Teams. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 38(4), 202-212. PMCID: PMC 4934380. 

Stolldorf, D.P., Dietrich, M., Ridner, S.H. (2016). Symptom frequency, intensity, and distress in patients with lower limb lymphedema. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 14(2), 78-87. PMCID: PMC4926205. 

Stolldorf, D. P. (2016). Original research: The benefits of rapid response teams: Exploring perceptions of nurse leaders, team members, and end users. American Journal of Nursing, 116(3), 38-47. PMCID: PMC4804890 

Stolldorf, D.P. Havens, D.S., Jones, C.B. (2016). Sustaining innovations in complex healthcare environments: A multiple-case study of rapid response teams. Journal of Patient Safety, [Jan 11 Epub ahead of print]. PMCID: PMC4940275. 

Fortune-Greeley, AK, Nieuwsma,JA, Gierisch, JM, Datta,SK, Stolldorf, D.P., Cantrell, WC, Ethridge,KA, Angel,C, Millspaugh,D, Bauch,SL, Jackson,GL. (2015). Evaluating the implementation and sustainability of a program for enhancing veterans' intimate relationships. Military Medicine, 180(6), 676-683. 

Stolldorf, D.P. Jones, C.B. (2015). Deployment of rapid response teams by 31 hospitals in a statewide collaborative. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 42(4), 186-192. PMCID: PMC4445360

Professional Organizations

  • Academy Health
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives


  • Dean's Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Research Endeavors
  • Recipient of Provost Research Studio, Vanderbilt University
  • Best abstract in the category "Research, Translation, Dissemination, Implementation and Impact".
  • Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship awardee, VA Quality Scholars Program, Nashville, TN
  • Small Research Grant, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship awardee, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC