faculty profile

Heather Robbins   DNP, MBA, APRN, FNP-C

Assistant Professor


Heather Robbins teaches primarily in the pre-specialty program at VUSN. She graduated from VUSN with her MSN in Nurse-Midwifery. Before beginning a career in nursing, she completed a Management Information Systems degree and an MBA degree. After graduating from VUSN, Heather worked as a nurse within the labor and delivery, postpartum, and well-baby units. While working at a rural hospital, she developed and taught a childbirth education class. In addition, Heather served as manager of the VUSN Nurse-Midwifery clinic for almost 4 years providing her with the opportunity to combine her management and obstetric backgrounds.

In 2010, she joined the faculty at VUSN, teaching in the pre-specialty (pre-licensure) program of the MSN curriculum. She is currently the course coordinator of the pre-specialty clinical courses, women's health and obstetric content coordinator/lecturer for the main didactic course series examining the human experience of health and illness across the lifespan, fundamentals lab instructor and lecturer, and obstetric clinical instructor.

She received her DNP in 2016, with a concentration in nursing education. Her DNP capstone project is titled: Early Pregnancy Loss Task Force: Best Practices for Follow-Up Care and Emotional Well-Being. 

In 2019, Heather completed a post-master's FNP and practices in a rural clinic providing care across the lifespan to underserved populations.


  • Post-Master's FNP, Samford University
  • DNP, Samford University
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (Nurse-Midwifery)
  • MBA, Tennessee Technological University
  • BSMIS, Tennessee Technological University

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Improving the clinical education and evaluation of nursing students
  • Caring for opioid dependent women during pregnancy
  • Pregnancy loss and mental well-being
  • Integrating technology into nursing curriculum/practice
  • Utilizing simulation to enhance nursing education
  • Using Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction activities to help improve nurses? self-care practices
  • Improvements in nursing leadership techniques


  •  2016- Shirley Titus Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Clinical Setting