faculty profile

Natasha McClure   DNP, PNP-BC

Assistant Professor


Natasha McClure teaches in the Enhancing Community and Population Health course series within the pre-specialty program, in which students are challenged to apply quality improvement concepts to improve the health of patient populations in the communities in which they live and work. Dr. McClure serves as the Faculty Head of North House on the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. Scholarly projects include development of a model for improving chronic disease management in children with asthma. The model seeks to provide experiential learning opportunities for students to and improve patient outcomes by providing an extension of the clinical care and resources they receive in the home environment through an academic-clinical partnership with the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital outpatient pulmonary specialists. She also works to improve access to asthma care and resources in schools by developing a school based asthma education program at Napier Elementary.

Her other work focuses on growing global health education opportunities for nursing students in Central and Latin America. She is a board certified pediatric primary care nurse practitioner and her clinical nursing experience includes working in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Burn Center and the Emergency Department at the Vanderbilt Children?s Hospital.


  • 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.