faculty profile

Patricia A. Scott   DNP, APN, NNP-BC, C-NPT

Assistant Professor; NICU Centennial Women's Hospital


Dr. Patricia (Patti) Scott is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, teaching the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Doctor Nursing Practice courses. She is also a preceptor for NNP students in the clinical area.

She is the coordinator of the advanced practitioner group for Pediatrix Medical Group in Nashville, Tennessee as well as the coordinator of the neonatal transport service at Centennial Medical Center, also in Nashville.

Dr. Scott is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the Academy of Neonatal Nursing. She is a regional trainer for the American Academy of Pediatrics' Neonatal Resuscitation Program and a national faculty member and lead instructor for the STABLE Program. Patti is also an affiliate member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section of Transport Medicine and Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. 

Dr. Scott received her BSN in 1988 and her MSN with a specialty in neonatal critical care in 1993 from Vanderbilt University. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She completed the National Certification Corporation's Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification exam in 1993 and the Neonatal Pediatric Transport exam in 2009.


  • DNP, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (Neonatal)
  • BSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Use of telemedicine as a means to improve access to care and quality in rural nurseries
  • APN Practice management

Current Projects

  • Use of simulation as a means for providing multidisciplinary education and documenting clinical competency.

Representative Publications


Scott, P. (2014). Predischarge Oxygen Saturation Check for the Well Newborn. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10(3), pages 209-210.

Kendall, A., Scott, P., & Karlsen, K. (2012). The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program: The evidence behind the 2012 update. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 26(2), pages 147-157.

Professional Organizations

  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses, 1990-Present
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, 1995-Present
  • Sigma Theta Tau, 1993-Present
  • American Nurses Association, 2008-Present
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2012-Present