faculty profile

Shannon Cole   DNP, FNP-BC

Instructor in Nursing

Bio

Shannon Cole joined Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1999. Currently, she is Co-Director of VPIL, with primary academic and administrative responsibilities that are focused on advancing interprofessional education initiatives for health professions students at Vanderbilt University and our partnership institutions. For the past nine years, she coordinated the clinical portion of VPIL. VPIL is a longitudinal program that places teams of medical, nursing, pharmacy and social work students in a clinical setting one-half day a week over a two-year period. Clinic placements represent community-based and hospital-based primary care, hospital-based specialty care, and inpatient palliative care units. Teams also attend classroom sessions approximately once a month following a curriculum that focuses on the patient, professions, teams and systems (See website: https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/vpil/). Her academic responsibilities include: aligning the vision of the program with curricular needs of four health professional schools housed at five Institutions; designing and developing opportunities for continual quality improvement of the program; directing administrative and budgetary oversight; chairing organizational committee meetings; facilitating curriculum development, implementation and quality improvement; and teaching as a member of the faculty team in classroom and simulation settings. She will also continue to co-direct clinic and preceptor recruitment.

Additional Interprofessional Involvement:
Co-Director: Clinical Service Tennessee Interprofessional Practice and Education Consortium (TIPEC) 2018-present
Nashville Interprofessional Consortium 2018-present
Clinic Coordinator

Education

  • DNP, Georgia Health Sciences University
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University
  • BS, University of Tennessee, Martin

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Advancing interprofessional education
  • Childhood obesity 
  • Nutrition

Current Projects

IRB Approved Studies: Principle Investigator
Nursing graduates and interprofessional practice: A longitudinal study designed to
measure impact.

Impact of a longitudinal interprofessional program on student's perception of other health professions.

Representative Publications

Journals

Cole, S. (2018) Evaluation and treatment of adrenal dysfunction in the primary care environment. Nursing Clinics of North America. 53(3); 385-394.

Rogers, PW.; Hilmes, M.; Cole, S.; Provine, A.; Lofton, R.; Rosensteil, D.; Davidson, H. (2018) Design and impact of on orientation for an interprofessional education program. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. 13; 8-11

Cole, S. Want to help your children? Feed them well. Todd County Standard, October, 25, 2017.

Cole, S. Physical activity is key for children. Todd County Standard, Dec 6, 2017.

Publications in Progress:

The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning (VPIL): Sustaining a longitudinal, clinical experience aligning practice with education; Academic Medicine.

Understanding professional students own clinical experiences as prelude to interprofessional training; Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Utilizing standardized patients to interprofessional education: A longitudinal case study used to assess interprofessional students as individuals and in teams.

Nursing graduates and interprofessional practice: A longitudinal study designed to measure impact.

Representative Presentations

Preconference Workshop: Implementation of a Longitudinal Standardized Patent Encounter: How do you evaluate individual students and student teams?  (Education Track): Collaborating Across Borders VII: Indianapolis, Indiana: October 20, 2019

Impact of Interprofessional Learning on Professional Development and Patient Health: Student Hotspotting: 10th Annual Gerald S. Gotterer Health Professions and Research Day (HPERD): Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee: December 14, 2018.

Factors that Impact the Success of Interprofessional Education in Authentic, Clinical Learning Environments: University of Kentucky College of Nursing: 14h Annual Nursing Faculty Development Workshop: Establishing an Evidence-Based Teaching Culture: Lexington, Kentucky: May 10-11, 2018.

The Use of a Longitudinal Standardized Patient Case Integrated into a Two-Year Clinic-Based Interprofessional Learning Program: University of Kentucky College of Nursing: 14h Annual Nursing Faculty Development Workshop: Establishing an Evidence-Based Teaching Culture: Lexington, Kentucky: May 10-11, 2018.

Design and Impact of an Orientation for an Interprofessional Education Program: Collaborating Across Borders VI: Alberta, Canada: October 1-4, 2017

Lessons Learned from a Seven Year Experience: The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning (VPIL): Collaborating Across Borders VI: Alberta, Canada: October 1-4, 2017

Factors that Impact the Success of Interprofessional Education in Authentic, Clinical Leaning Environments. Collaborating Across Borders VI: Alberta, Canada: October 1-4, 2017

Design and Impact of an Orientation for an Interprofessional Education Program. Collaborating Across Borders VI: Alberta, Canada: October 1-4, 2017.

Utilizing Standardized Patients to Promote Interprofessional Education: A Case Study Using Mr. Atkins. Tennessee Simulation Alliance: Nashville, Tennessee: November 18, 2016

The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning: Innovation in Building a Collaborative Ready Workforce. American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Orlando, Florida: November 20, 2015.

The Use of a Standardized Patient to Promote Interprofessional Education.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Orlando, Florida: November 19, 2015.

Utilizing Standardized Patients to Promote Interprofessional Education: A Case Study Using Mr. Atkins. Collaborating Across Borders V: Roanoke, VA: October 1, 2015

Development and Implementation of an Interprofessional Family Assessment and Plan of Care Learning Tool. Collaborating Across Borders V. Roanoke, VA: October, 1, 2015.

VPIL(Vanderbilt's Program in Interprofessional Learning) and CELA (Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment): The Use of a Standardized Patient to Promote Interprofessional Education:  National League for Nursing/Elsevier Technology Conference Poster Presentation: Nashville, TN: October 25, 2014.

The Role and Value of Rotating Faculty to Enhance the Interprofessional Clinical Experience: Collaborating Across Borders: Vancouver, British Columbia: 6/13/13

Perceptions of Entering Interprofessional students with regards to each other's professions; 3rd Biennial Interprofessional Education Conference:

Collaborating Across Borders III: Tucson, Arizona: 11/20/11

Interprofessional Students' descriptions of their most recent clinical encounter; 3rd Biennial Interprofessional Educational Conference: Collaborating Across Borders III. Tucson, Arizona: 11/20/11

The Case for Interprofessional Education: The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning; National Conference for Nurse Practitioners: Las Vegas, Nevada: 5/5/11

Residents as Teachers in Interprofessional Education; Med-Peds Program Association Meeting: Miami, Florida   4/4/11

 Public Health in the South; Bellhaven College Seminar Series: Jackson, Mississippi, 10/16/09

Clinical Practice

  • Family Practitioner for 24 years, caring for underserved patients in rural practice.

Professional Organizations

  • American Nurses Association
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Honors/Awards

Finalist March of Dimes Nurse of the Year: November, 2017 

Outstanding Presentation: Establishing an Evidence Based Teaching Culture: University of Kentucky, May, 2018