faculty profile

Jennifer Wilbeck   DNP, APRN, FAAN, FAANP

Director, Emergency Nurse Practitioner Specialty


Jennifer Wilbeck is a Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Emergency NP Academic Director.

Dr. Wilbeck's efforts have promoted the Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENP) role nationally and internationally to support delivery of high quality emergency care through education, service, practice and advocacy. Her leadership of the nation's first dual NP academic program for ENP preparation continues to serve as a model for ENP educational programs. She has led the development of national practice standards and the creation of a national ENP specialty certification board examination. Dr. Wilbeck was the founding Board Chair for the first national specialty professional organization for ENP practice, the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.

Her scholarly interests include the role of simulation in nurse practitioner education, ENP practice issues and competency assessment. As a recognized leader in ENP curricular design, she is currently leading a national initiative to standardize ENP education and serves on the Editorial Board for the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.

Interview with Dr. Wilbeck: An Expert?s Bona Fide Guide: Life as an Emergency NP


  • 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. (2019). Educational preparation for the emergency nurse practitioner. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31, 145-146.

Lannen, A. M., DeStephano, C. C., & Wilbeck, J. (2019). Word catheter placements for Bartholin gland abscess: applications for clinical practice & simulation. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 41 (1), 39-42.

Wilbeck, J., Evans, D., Hoyt, K. S., Schumann, L., Ramirez, E., Tyler, D., & Agan, D. (2018). Proposed standardized educational preparation for the emergency nurse practitioner. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30, 579-585.

Wilbeck, J & Kennedy, BK. (2018). Educational Innovations for Continuing Education: JumpStart Modules for Advanced Practice Providers. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 40 (3), 194-197.

Hoyt, S., Evans, D., Ramirez, E., & Wilbeck, J. (2017). The "Specialty" of Emergency Nurse Practitioner Practice. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 39 (4), 231-235.

Rudy, S. & Wilbeck, J. (2017). Post-Graduate ENP Fellowships: Opportunities for Specialty Education. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 39 (3), 224-230.

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.

Representative Presentations

Moore, G. & Wilbeck, J.(April 13, 2019). Trauma-informed care for the sexual assault survivor. Challenging Traditions: Utilizing Evidence-Based Care to Improve the Health of Women and Newborns. AWHONN Regional Section Conference. Nashville, TN

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.


  • 2020 - Certified Nurse Award for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurse Credentialing Center