faculty profile

Jade P. Vergara   MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-C



Jade Vergara graduated with her MSN in 2013 from VUSN. Her clinical experience is in home based primary care services for older adults in the community setting. She returned to VUSN in 2019 to teach in the Pre-Specialty Community Health coursework.


  • MSN - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BS - University of Florida

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Care of the older adult in the community setting
  • Social determinants of health

Representative Publications


Vergara, J., Parish, A., & Smallheer, B. (2020). Telehealth: Opportunities in geriatric patient care during COVID-19. Geriatric Nursing 41(5), 657-658. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2020.08.013

Representative Presentations

 Vergara, J. (2022). Examining Quality of Life in Older Adults Living Near a Rock Quarry in a Historically Black Community. National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Virtual Educational Session, October 2022.

Clinical Practice

  • Currently practices in home-based primary care for adult and geriatric patients in the assisted living, memory unit, home and independent living settings.

Professional Organizations

  • GAPNA of Middle TN


  • Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s Alma Gault Alumni Award for Public Service, 2022
  • GAPNA National Excellence in Community Service Award, 2022
  • Daisy Award for Recognition of Small Group Facilitator at the Pre-specialty Level, 2021