faculty profile

Natasha McClure   DNP, PNP-BC

Associate Professor


Natasha McClure, DNP, RN, CPNP, teaches in the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She developed an academic-practice partnership educational model that extends asthma clinical resources into patients? homes and enhancing chronic disease management skills for nursing students. The model provides experiential learning opportunities in which students conduct home visits to assess medication knowledge, adherence, and obtain a medication history, in addition to asthma education, and resource linkages, such as pharmacy home delivery. The program also includes a home environmental assessment and delivers individualized, targeted interventions to reduce exposure to asthma triggers. Each family may receive a vacuum with HEPA filter, high quality HVAC filters, pillow encasement, and cockroach treatment gel.

Dr. McClure is also interested in improving access to asthma care and resources in low-resource, high need schools. She previously worked with pre-licensure community health nursing students using quality improvement concepts to create a school-based asthma symptom education, self-assessment and reporting program called Green Means Go! She is currently working with Metro Nashville United Way to provide asthma home visits with an environmental intervention component to students with asthma who are chronically absent from school. Schools refer families for enhanced asthma management services and assistance reducing barriers to care in this vulnerable patient population.


  • DNP, Rush University College of Nursing
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner)
  • BA, University of Louisville

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • The role of academic clinical partnerships in improving nursing education and patient outcomes in chronic disease
  • Development of specific community health clinical competencies for nursing education

Representative Publications


Smith, K. M., Lutenbacher, M., & McClure, N. (2015). Leveraging Resources to Improve Clinical Outcomes and Teach Transitional Care Through Development of Academic-Clinical Partnerships. Nurse educator, 40(6), 303-307.

McClure, N., Lutenbacher, M., O'Kelley, E., & Dietrich, M. S. (2017). Enhancing Pediatric Asthma Care and Nursing Education Through an Academic Practice Partnership. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 36, 64-69.

Representative Presentations

McClure, N., Lutenbacher, M. (November 2013). Innovations in Community Health Nursing Education in an Accelerated Nursing Program: A Novel Approach to Improving Pediatric Asthma Control. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); New Orleans, Louisiana.

McClure, N. (August 2014). Creating and Sustaining Academic Clinical Partnerships to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric Patients. Invited Presentation at The Association of Asthma Educators 2014 Annual Conference; San Antonio, Texas.

O'Kelley, E. and McClure, N. (August 2014). Home Visits Using Nursing Students: A No-Cost Approach for Controlling Pediatric Asthma. Panel Presentation at The Association of Asthma Educators 2014 Annual Conference; San Antonio, Texas.

McClure, N. and O'Kelley, E. (October 2014). Academic Clinical Partnerships to Decrease ED Visits in Pediatric Asthma Patients. Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nursing Research Day 2014; Nashville, Tennessee.

McClure, N, Lutenbacher, M. Smith, M. (November 2014). Use of Academic Clinical Partnerships in Transitional Care to Decrease ED Visits and 30 Day Readmission Rates in Chronic Disease. Tennessee Hospital Association 2014 Leadership Summit; Nashville, Tennessee.

McClure, N., Christenbery, T., Ziegler, C. (April 2016). Enhancement of the Community Health Nursing Student Experience: Interdisciplinary Global Health Immersion Project. Duke University School of Nursing Sixth National Conference on Radical Transformation in Nursing Education; Durham, North Carolina.  

Plummer, C. and McClure, N., (October 2016). Integrating Quality Improvement into Community Health. 2016 Tennessee Nurses Association Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

Smith, M., McClure, N., and Plummer, C. (March 2017). Leveraging Resources to Improve Chronic Disease Management Through a Community Health Nursing Course: From Pilot to Full Implementation of Academic Practice Partnerships. Duke University School of Nursing Seventh National Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education, Durham North Carolina, Durham, North Carolina.