faculty profile

Lacey Cross   MSN, FNP-BC, CPN



Lacey Cross is a clinical instructor in the PreSpecialty clinical courses at VUSN. Prior to joining the VUSN faculty, she practiced as a pediatric staff nurse at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and as a family nurse practitioner at the MNPS Employee and Family Health Center, part of VUSN's faculty practice network. She continues to maintain an active practice in her FNP role, and also participates in volunteer work as a recovery room nurse at Clinica Ezell, a surgical clinic located in Montellano, Guatemala.


  • MSN-Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BSN-Lipscomb University


  • Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Transitions of care from pediatric to adult healthcare environments in patients with chronic conditions

Academic Interests

  • 5115 Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
  • 5215/5315 Integration of Theoretical and Clinical Aspects of Nursing I & II

Representative Publications


Pfieffer, ML & Cross, L. Deciphering Pap guidelines and determining management in primary care. Advances in Family Practice Nursing. 2021; 3: 95-109. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yfpn.2021.01.009

Representative Presentations

Delle, J, Cross, L, & Weaver, A. (2021, September 23). Cracking the Code: Building an Escape Room Challenge Using Innovative Strategies Through a Team-Building Approach?. 2021 NLN Education Summit: Leading and Teaching Beyond Resilience, Washington, DC, October 23-25, 2021. (Poster)

Pfieffer, ML & Cross, L. (2021, May 23). Interpreting Cervical Cancer Screenings Guidelines and Management Strategies. 66thAmerican College of Nurse Midwives Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Portland, OR, May 22-26, 2021. (Poster)

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Member
  • American Nurses Association, Member
  • Tennessee Nurses Association, Member


  • Dean's Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Academic Endeavors, 2021