faculty profile

Laurie Connors   DNP, APRN, FAANP

Associate Professor

Bio

Dr. Laurie Connors is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and board-certified as a family nurse practitioner and advanced practice nurse in genetics. She is a leader in national initiatives to expand nursing genomic education and professional practice. She is a member of the City of Hope Clinical Cancer Genomics Community of Practice and University at Buffalo Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence. Laurie has proven regional, national, and global leadership as an advanced practice nurse with expertise in genomics and oncology. Dr. Connors served as a content expert for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's advanced genetic nursing certification and is a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is the recipient of National Institutes of Health Genetics intramural training award resulting in initiatives impacting nursing genomic education, research, and practice and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics Founders' Award of Excellence in Genomic Nursing Education.

Certifications

  • Board certified family and genetic nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Translation and integration of genetic and genomic data in academia and health care.
  • Quality health care of cancer survivors and previvors.
  • DNP education, scholarly practice, and workforce outcomes.

Current Projects

Courses

  • Genetics in Clinical Practice NURS8073
  • Foundations of Genetics/Genomics in Health Care NURS8074
  • Cancer and Implications for Care NURS8077

Grants

Translation and Integration of Genomics is Essential to Doctoral Nursing (TIGER). National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute. R25HG011018 Connors, L.M. (PI). 05/12/2021-03/31/2026. $689,492

Explore and Evaluate Genomics in Graduate Nursing. Faculty Scholarship Award, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University. Connors, L.M. (PI). 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021

Representative Publications

Journals

Connors, L. M. (2021). King syndrome: What's in a name. Journal of Translational Genetics and Genomics, 5:[Online First]. http://dx.doi.org/10.20517/jtgg.2021.17

Halverson, C. M .E, Connors, L. M., Wessinger, B. C., Clayton, E. W, & Wiesner G .L. (2020). Patient perspectives on variant reclassification after cancer susceptibility testing. Molecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine doi:10.1002/mgg3.1275

Helt, J., Gilmer, M. J., & Connors, L. M. (2020). Clinical simulation training in nurses Caring for pediatric oncology patients. Clinical Simulation in Nursing 47, 73-81 doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2020.06.001

Connors, L. M. (2020). Genomics to personalize care of prostate cancer. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 32(2):106-108. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000390

Connors, L. M. (2019). Metastatic prostate cancer: Effects of genetic testing on care. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 23, (1) 32-35. doi: 10.1188/19.CJON.32-35

McReynolds, K. M. & Connors, L. M. (2019). Genomics of prostate cancer: What nurses need to know. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, doi.org/10.1016/j.soncn.2018.12.003

Connors, L. M. & Schorn, M. (2018). Genetic and genomics in nursing education: A national imperative. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34, (4) 235-237. doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2018.06.003

Connors, L. M., Yi, W. S., & Voian, N. (2015). Lessons learned from clinical genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndromes in community and academic oncology centers. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 33, doi:10.1200/jco.2015.33.15_suppl.e12501

Kelly, P. A. & Connors, L. M. (2014). BRCA genetic testing: State of the science. Nurse Practitioner, 39(11):9. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000456025.48460.c5

Dickerson, S. S., Connors, L. M., Fayad, A., & Dean, G.E. (2014). Sleep-wake disturbances in cancer patients: Focus on improving quality of life. Nature and Science of Sleep, 6, 85-100. doi: 10.2147/NSS.S34846

Connors, L. M., Voian, N., Shi, Y., Lally, R., & Edge, S. (2014). Decision making after BRCA genetic testing: Down the road of transition, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(3):E58-63. doi: 10.1188/14.CJON.E58-E63

Representative Presentations

Connors, L. M. (2021). Genetics and Pharmacology in Geriatrics. Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults 2021 Virtual Conference March 5, 2021

Connors, L. M. & Allison, T. L. (2020). Attention, Attention, we need an Intervention- Building Nursing Science to Integrate Genomics and Impact Population and Global Health. Podium presentation at the annual doctoral conference of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Naples, FL January

Connors, L. M. (2020). Genetics in Nursing, Should Students be Teaching Faculty?
2020 Annual Gerald S. Gotterer Health Professions Education Research Day, Educational Innovations during a Pandemic: Pivoting in a Crisis. December 11, 2020

Connors, L. M. (2020). Clinical Genomic Testing In Prostate Cancer From Screening To Survivorship International Society of Nurses in Genetics, 2020 ISONG World Congress, Genomic Nursing: Fulfilling Nightingale's Legacy of Care, November

Connors, L. M. (2019) Genetic testing and treatment for fast and furious prostate cancers. Podium presentation at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June

Connors, L. M. (2019) Go for a RIDE in Cancer Genetics. Podium presentation at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June

Shallow, N. & Connors, L.M. (2019). Incorporating Genetics into Clinical Practice: From Life to Death and Everything In-between. APRN Grand Rounds, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Nashville, TN April

Connors, L. M., Nielsen, S., Slavin, T., & Obeid, E. (2018). Hereditary Genitourinary Cancer. Frontiers in Precision Medicine for Inherited Cancers: From Risk Assessment to Targeted Therapies, 7th Annual Clinical Cancer Genetics and Genomics Conference. Chicago, IL

Connors, L. M. (2018). Genetics and Genomics: Is it relevant to nursing practice? National Student Nurses Association Annual Convention. Nashville, TN April

Connors, L. M. (2018). All cancer is genetic, but few cancers are inherited: Knowing the difference, American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting. Denver, CO June

Connors, L. M. & McReynolds, K. (2018). Furious and Fast: Clinical Indications For Genetic Testing In Metastatic Prostate Cancer. International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) World Congress. Orlando, FL October

Connors, L. M. (2017). Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer for Nurse Practitioners, Managing Women's Health Issues Across a Lifespan, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health 2nd Annual Faces and Cases in Women's Health Conference Series. Dallas, TX

Connors, L. M. & Voian, N. (2016). Germline testing and somatic mutation profiling: Not to be exclusive but rather complimentary resources for the personalized treatment of ovarian cancer, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Translational Genomics and Epigenomics Symposium. Buffalo, NY September

Connors, L. M. (2016). Besides BRCA, what else to consider in HBOC? New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Convention. Niagara Falls, NY November

Connors, L. M. (2015). Precision Medicine: Integrating Genetics into your NP Practice, New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Convention. Niagara Falls, NY October

Connors, L. M. (2015). Next Generation Sequencing Panels for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer. New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Convention. Niagara Falls, NY October

Honors/Awards

  • Rising Star of Research and Scholarship Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2021
  • Vanderbilt University Public Health Advisory Task Force, 2020
  • Founders' Award of Excellence in Genomic Nursing Education, International Society of Nurses in Genetics, 2019
  • Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2019 
  • NIH Fellow/Traineeship, NINR Summer Genetics Institute, 2015
  • University of Buffalo, Genome, Environment & Microbiome Community of Excellence, 2015
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Content Expert Panel – Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics, 2014
  •  DNP Scholarship Award for Advanced Practice, Oncology Nursing Society, 2013
  • City of Hope Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice, 2010