faculty profile

Erica May   Erica May, DNP, FNP-BC, AG-ACNP-BC, ENP-C, APRN

Assistant Professor


Dr. Erica May is an Instructor of Nursing in the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Program. Dr. May is a graduate of the program herself, obtaining both her MSN and DNP from Vanderbilt. Certified as a Family, Acute Care, and Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Dr. May practices right here in Middle Tennessee in a local ED. She served as a clinical preceptor for several Vanderbilt students before transitioning to a faculty role.

Having seen the devastating effects of the opioid crisis, Dr. May is keenly interested in alternatives to opioid pain management in the emergency department. A love of the outdoors also drives an interest in wilderness and austere medicine, and Dr. May is an active member of the Wilderness Medical Society, as well as volunteering with the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association to teach safety and rescue skills to recreational boaters. When she isn't teaching or working in the ED, Dr. May enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.


  • DNP, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (AG-ACNP, FNP)
  • ASN, Greenfield Community College
  • BS, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Biology; Communications)

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Alternatives to Opioid Pain Management
  • Austere and Wilderness Medicine

Academic Interests

  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner

Representative Publications


May,E. & Wilbeck, J. (2019). Dental Pain Relief in the Age of ALTO. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 41(3), 229-233. doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000260

Representative Presentations

May, E. & Wilbeck, J. Dental Pain Relief in the Age of ALTO. Poster presented at: American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners 2020 Eastern Conference; 2020 March 1; Chattanooga, TN

Clinical Practice

  • TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, Smyrna, TN

Professional Organizations

  • Emergency Nurses Association, Member, 2.2010 - Present
  • Tennessee Nurses Association, Member, 4.2014 - Present
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Iota Chapter, Iota Chapter Member, 4.2015 - Present
  • Wilderness Medical Society, Member, 10.2007 - Present
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Member 5.2016 - Present
  • American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, Member, 5.2016 - Present