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
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.
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.
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
- 2002 - Present Computers in Nursing
- 2002 - Present Journal of Nursing Education
- 2008 - Present International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation
- 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
- 2010- Present Board of Science Education of the National Research Council (NRC)
LearningScience: Computers, Games, Simulations, and Education Report reviewer
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
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)