faculty profile

Jennifer Wilbeck   DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP

Professor of Nursing
Director, Emergency Nurse Practitioner Specialty


Dr. Jennifer Wilbeck is certified as an Acute Care, Family, and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. She has led the Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Specialty at Vanderbilt since its inception in 2006.

Clinically, she has more than 17 years of practice experience in both rural and urban Emergency Department settings. In addition to maintaining a clinical practice within several local emergency departments, Dr. Wilbeck serves as a mentor for students pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. 

She has lectured nationally on various clinical, educational and professional topics related to the role of the ENP. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as both a Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Her scholarly interests include the role of simulation in nurse practitioner education, ENP practice issues and competency assessment, as well as curriculum development. 

Her continued practice as an ENP provides the clinical backdrop for ongoing clinical publications and presentations. She was instrumental in establishment of the national ENP exam and is currently leading a national initiative to standardize ENP education. Dr. Wilbeck was the founding Board Chair for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.


  • DNP, Medical College of Georgia
  • Post-Master's, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner)
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)
  • BS, Lipscomb University

Representative Publications


Wilbeck, J., Roberts, E., Rudy, S. (2017). Emergency Nurse Practitioner Core Educational Content. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 39 (2), 141-151.  

Wilbeck, J., Collins, M., Reeves, G., & Downes, E. (2016). Strategies to Enhance Success Among Dual Specialty Students in Advanced Practice Nursing Programs. Journal of Nursing Education, 55 (8), 463-6.

Wilbeck, J.
(2016). Pharmacologic Therapies: An enduring nursing intervention. Nursing Clinics of North America, 51(1), xi-xii. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2015.12.001. 

Wilbeck, J., Campo, T., Evans, D., Hoyt, S., & Ramirez, E. (2015). Overview of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.
Available at: http://aaenp-natl.org/images/AAENP_ENPOverview.pdf

Wilbeck, J. & Evans, D. (2015). Acute Chest Pain and pulmonary embolism. The Nurse Practitioner, 40(1), 43-5.

Wilbeck, J., Phillippi, J., & Schorn, M. (2014). Teaching management of the unexpected birth: application of multi-modal techniques. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 36(1), 87-96.

Wilbeck, J. & Gresham, C. (2013). North American Snake and Scorpion Envenomations. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 25(2), 173-90.

Wilbeck, J., Thomson-Smith, C., Murphy, M., & Heath, J. (2011). Evaluation Methods for the Assessment of Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Inserted Central Lines: Evidence-Based Strategies for Practice. The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access, 16(4), 222-229.

Representative Presentations

Tyler, D., Hoyt, K., Meadows, R., Ramirez, E., Schumann, L., & Wilbeck, J. (June 23, 2017). Emergency NP Certification by Examination. AANP National Conference. Philadelphia, PA. 

Wilbeck, J. & Davis, S (February 25, 2017). Case Studies in Ultrasound. Podium Presentation. American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Southeastern Regional Conference. Chattanooga, TN.

Evans, D., Wilbeck, J., & Ramirez, E., (April 14, 2016). Bridging gaps and building consensus in NP specialty education: Reflections & experiences from three specialty program directors. Armchair Discussion. National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) Conference. Seattle, WA.

Wilbeck, J. (June 11, 2015). Acute Kidney Injury: Implications for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner. American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Annual Conference.

Wilbeck, J. & Gooch, M. (October 25, 2014). Utility of Phone Simulations Across Nurse Practitioner Programs. NLN/Elsevier Technology Conference. 

Gooch, M. & Wilbeck, J. (October 25, 2014). Development of Capstone Simulation Experiences:Orchestrating the Intersection of Skill Performance, Clinical Knowledge, and Professional Behaviors. NLN/Elsevier Technology Conference. 

Wilbeck, J. (September 29, 2014). Acute Kidney Injury & Treatment Modalities. Podium Presentation.AACN Progressive Care Pathways. 

Wilbeck, J. (June 20, 2014). And the Answer is - FLUID! Podium Presentation. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference. 

Evans, D., Ramirez, E., & Wilbeck, J. (April 5, 2014). The Lack of Consensus Regarding the Scope of Practice for the Academically Prepared Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Armchair Discussion. National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) Conference.

Wilbeck, J. & Collins, M. (April 4, 2014). Strategies to Enhance Success Among Dual Specialty Advance Practice Nursing Programs. Poster Presentation. National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) Conference.

Wilbeck, J. & Donaldson, T. (October 22, 2011). Application of Case-Based Learning to an Asynchronous Graduate Health Assessment Course. 38th Annual Conference on Professional Nursing Education & Development, Baltimore, MD.