faculty profile

Pamela R. Jeffries   PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH

Dean, Vanderbilt School of Nursing
Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing, RWJF Nurse Executive Fellow Alumna


Pamela Jeffries is an internationally recognized leader and researcher in nursing and health care education, with a reputation for innovation in teaching strategies, experiential learning, new pedagogies and the use of technology. She became the ninth dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing on July 1, 2021. 

Dean Jeffries has been principle investigator on federal, state and organization grants from entities such as the National Institute of Health, Health Resources and Service Administration, National League for Nursing and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. She is recognized for the development of the NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory, considered the major contribution to simulation scholarship. 

Prior to being named VUSN dean, she served as the second dean of the George Washington University School of Nursing. In her six-year tenure, she expanded the infrastructure and processes and standards for the emerging school, leading it through a significant period of growth. Before joining George Washington University, she had a series of progressively responsible leadership roles at The Johns Hopkins University, where she was professor of nursing, associate dean for academic programs and vice dean of faculty for the School of Nursing before being appointed vice provost for digital initiatives for the university.   

Dean Jeffries is a popular national and international speaker who has also served as a consultant on clinical education, simulations and other emerging technologies. She has published extensively and is the editor of four books, Simulations in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation (3nd edition), The NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory Monograph, Developing Simulation Centers Using the Consortium Model and Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education: Advanced Concepts, Trends, and Opportunities

Dean Jeffries is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy (FSSH), fellow of the Academy of Nurse Educators (ANEF), inductee into the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Hall of Fame, and recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award. She is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellow. She is active in a variety of professional organizations, including the National League for Nursing and Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Nursing and GNSH.


  • Indiana University, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (formerly DNSc)
  • Indiana University, Master of Science in Nursing
  • Ball State University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Technology in nursing education
  • Experiential learning
  • Innovative teaching strategies
  • Online teaching and learning
  • New pedagogies
  • Simulation development

Representative Publications


Jeffries, P.R., Cox, C., Dawn, K., Drenkard, K., Slaven-Lee, P., Tanner, J., & Wiersma, G. (2021). Obtaining clinical hours for students during the pandemic: Creative solutions. Virginia Nurses Today, 29(1), 1, 20-21. 

Jeffries, P.R. (2020). Pandemic journey: Is it a good time to be a dean? [Guest Editorial]. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(6), 451-453.   

Jeffries, P.R. (2020).  Academic Nursing Dean's Role During COVID-19: Lessons from the Frontlines of Higher Education.  Nurse Educator, 45(5), 229-230. 

Jeffries, P.R., Bigley, M.B., McNelis, A.M, Cartier, J.M., Pintz, C., Slaven-Lee, P. & Zychowicz, M.E. (2019). A call to action: Building evidence for use of simulation in nurse practitioner education, Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31(11), 627-632.

Huston, C., Phillips, B., Jeffries, P., Todero, C. Rich, J., Knecht, P., Sommer, S., and Lewis, M.P. (2018). The academic practice gap:  Strategies for an enduring problem. Nursing Forum, 53(1), 27-34. 

Connors, H. B., Skiba, D. J., Jeffries, P. R., Rizzolo, M. A., & Billings, D. M. (2017). Health information technology scholars program: from implementation to outcomes. Nursing Education Perspectives, 38(1), 3-8.

Book Chapters

Jeffries, P.R., Dreifuerst, K., & Haerling, K. (In Press). Simulations in Nursing Education: Overview, Essentials, and the Evidence in Teaching in Nursing: The Complete Guide. (ed., M. Oermann) NY: NY, Springer Publication. 

Jeffries, P., Bauman, E., Farina, C., & Slaven-Lee, P. (2020). The future of simulation in healthcare. In J. Palaganas, B. Ulrich, & B. Mancini (Eds.), Mastering simulation: A handbook for success (2nd ed., pp. 297-308). Sigma Theta Tau. 

Jeffries, P., Bauman, E., Farina, C., & Slaven-Lee, P. (2019).  Potential Curriculum and Programmatic Changes in The Future of Simulation in Healthcare, Mastering Simulation, (editors, B. Mancini and J. Palaganus).   

Jeffries, P.R., Dreifuerst, K., and Haerling Adamson, K. (2017).  Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education:  Overview, Essentials, and the Evidence (chapter 7), in Teaching in Nursing, (2nd ed), editor M. Oermann, NY: NY, Springer Publishing.  


Jeffries, P.R. (In Press).  The NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory:  a Monograph. (2nd edition) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. 

Jeffries, P.R. (2020).  Simulation in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation. (3rd edition), Philadelphia: PA, Wolters Kluwer. 

Jeffries, P.R. (Ed.). (2013). Clinical simulations in nursing education: Advanced concepts, trends, andopportunities. New York, NY: The National League for Nursing. 

Jeffries, P.R. (Ed.). (2012). Simulations in nursing education:  From conceptualization toevaluation (2nd ed.). New York, NY: The National League for Nursing. (AJN Book of the Year award - 2013)

Jeffries, P.R., (2011).  Developing successful health care education simulation centers: Theconsortium model. New York, NY: Springer Publishing. 

Jeffries, P.R. (Ed.). (2007). Simulations in nursing education:  From conceptualization toevaluation. New York, NY: The National League for Nursing.

Representative Presentations

2020   Jeffries, P.R. (2020). Conferee. Macy Foundation Creating Unbiased, Nondiscriminatory Learning Environments in the Health Professions Conference. Atlanta, GA, February.

2019 Jeffries, P.R. (2019). Invited Keynote. "Research in a Simulation-Based Learning Environment," Simulation Network SimNAT Pflege, Dusseldorf, Germany.

2019   Jeffries, P. R. (2019). Invited Keynote. "Best Practices in Interprofessional Assessment and Education Using Simulations", 10th anniversary presentation for the School of Nursing at Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile.

2019   Jeffries, P. R. (2019). Invited Keynote. Evidence Used to Lead the Way in Redesigning Clinical Education Using Simulations, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia.

2019  Jeffries, P. R. (2019). Invited Keynote. Megatrends in Simulations: Pedagogy and Learning aimed at Demands on Future Healthcare, Vejle, Denmark.

2019 Jeffries, P. R. (2019). Invited Keynote. Simulations and the Evidence Promoting Clinical Education and Policy, K?benhavns Professionsh?jskole. Copenhagen, Denmark, May.

2019   Jeffries, P.R. (2019). Panelist: Simulation in an Academic Setting. Columbia University Innovation Summit, New York, NY, October.

2019   Jeffries, P.R. (2019). Clinical Simulations for now & the future: Innovating for better patient care.Nurse Educator Summit, Savannah, GA, April.

2019   Jeffries, P.R., Geiger-Brown, J., Yang, T., Wallington, S., & Griffith, K. (2019). Building Capacity in Transdisciplinary Research, AACN Doctoral Education Conference, San Diego, CA, January.

2018  Jeffries, P.R. (2018).  Keynote Address. The US experience of integration of simulation in undergraduate nursing. What has been the long-term impact of the NCSBN Study? The ESS Collaborative. Sydney, Australia, July.

2018 Jeffries, P.R. (2018).  Keynote Address. The Essentials Needed in Building a Simulation-Based Curriculum. SUN BRAZIL CONGRESS. San Paulo, Brazil, June.

2018 Jeffries, P.R. (2018).  Best Practices in Interprofessional Assessment and Education. SIMEC Conference. Saudi Arabia, April.

2017 Jeffries, P.R. (2017). Simple Strategies for Effective Leadership, The National League for Nursing Leadership Academy, Washington D.C., June 2017.

2017  Jeffries, P.R. (2017). NCSBN Policy Guidelines for the BON in Simulation. National Nurse Educator Summit. Orlando, FL, April.


Editorial Board Memberships and Reviewerships

  • 2017 - Present         Nurse Educator
  • 2002 - Present        Journal of Nursing Education

Manuscript Reviewer

  • 2002 - Present        Computers in Nursing
  • 2002 - Present        Journal of Nursing Education
  • 2008 - Present         International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation Learning

Abstract Reviewer

  • 2011-present      Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH)
  • 2001                    Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention
  • 2000 - 2001        National League for Nursing

Research Review Panels

  • 2000 - 2001             National League for Nursing, Grant Reviewer
  • 1999 - 2005             NIH - Small Business Innovation Research, Grant Reviewer

Scientific Reviewer

  • 2010- Present           Board of Science Education of the National Research Council (NRC) LearningScience:  Computers, Games, Simulations, and Education Report reviewer

Professional Organizations

Board Membership

2017 - Present          Ball State University College of Health Advisory Council

2015 - 2021              Virginia Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • President (2019 - Present)

2015 - 2021              Inova Loudon Hospital

2019 - 2021              Medical Faculty Associates Board (observer)

2018 - present         Global Network for Simulation and Healthcare (GNSH) - Secretary


2015 - 2021              Virginia Nurses Association

2013 - Present           National Academies Global Forum

  • Chair, National Academies Global Forum Workshop - Improving Health Professional Education and Practice through Education (2017)

2009 - Present        Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)

  • Governance Committee (2017 - Present)
  • SSH Advisory Board (2016 - 2019)
  • SSH President (2014-2015)
  • SSH President Elect (2013)

2009 - 2015             Maryland Nurses Association

2009 - 2015             Southern Nursing Research Society

2005 - Present         American Academy of Nursing

  • Board of Directors (2018 - Present)
  • AAN Institute for Nursing Leadership National Advisory Council (2016 - 2019)

2001 - Present         American Nursing Association

1997 - Present          National League for Nursing

  • Nursing Education Academy (2007 - Present)
  • Grant Review Committee (2000 - Present)

1991 - 2009              Midwest Nursing Research Society          

  • Educational Section Committee Member (2004 - Present)
  • Program Planning Committee (2000 - 2001)

1982 - Present         Sigma Theta Tau International

  • National Program Committee Member (1999 - 2001)
  • Alpha Chapter (1982 - Present)


May 2021                  DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award - George Washington University 

November 2020       Bicentennial Medal Award - Indiana University 

September 2020      University of Maribor Faculty of Health Sciences Honorary Visiting Professor 

September 2019       Virginia Nurses Association Foundation Leadership Excellence Award for Nursing School Dean 

October 2017            Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc. (STTI) Edith Moore Copeland Award for Excellence in Creativity 

January 2017            Fellow, Society for Simulation in Healthcare 

September 2016       National League for Nursing (NLN) Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education

May 2016                  VALOR Excellence Award - George Washington University 

October 2014            Indiana Women's Achievement Award - Ball State University 

June 2014                 Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders Award - Indiana University School of Nursing

August 2013             AACN Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award 

August 2012             Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc.  (STTI) Nurse Research Hall of Fame 

September 2011       Robert Wood Johns Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Executive Fellow (ENF) 

January 2011            Society in Simulation and Healthcare 

September 2007       Inductee, Academy of Nurse Educators Fellowship (ANEF)