faculty profile

Susan Andrews   DNP, RN, CNE, CPN

Assistant Professor


Dr. Andrews is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at VUSN. With a clinical practice background in Pediatrics and Nursing Education she joined the faculty in 2010. Dr. Andrews is a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN), Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and holds a Certificate in Nursing Education. She has taught numerous courses in the prelicensure, master's and DNP programs and is currently the course coordinator for the Evidence Based Practice courses for the MN and prelicensure programs. Dr. Andrews oversees the Professional Nursing Role Integrated Core Course (ICC) curriculum. For the past 10 years Dr. Andrews has focused her scholarly work on global health and short-term medical mission trips in Ecuador and healthy work environment in nursing academia. She authored several journal articles primarily in the areas nursing education, global health, and pediatrics. Dr Andrews is a STTI Global Advocacy Scholar. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and is currently the Chair Elect for the Institute of Pediatric Nurses (IPN). She is treasurer for the STTI Iota at large Chapter. Dr. Andrews has served the Vanderbilt community on several school of nursing committees and currently represents the School of Nursing as a member of the Faculty Senate. In 2023, Dr. Andrews was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to Faculty and Students.


  • DNP, Samford University (Nursing Administration and Education)
  • MSN, University of Tampa (Nursing Education)
  • BSN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Pediatrics
  • Global Health
  • Nursing Education
  • Healthy Work Environment

Academic Interests

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Pediatrics
  • Nursing Education
  • Community (Global) Health

Representative Publications


Andrews, S. P. & Haskell, B. (2023). Establishing a nursing academic healthy work environment: An evolving process. Teaching and Learning in Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2023.09.013

Andrews, S. P. (2023). Creating an innovative global health clinical experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Radiology Nursing, 42, 1-3. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jradmu.2023.03.01

Chesney, M.L, Andrews, S.P., Fry-Bowers, E.K., & Hiltz, C. (2021). Safeguarding the future of pediatric care: Challenges and opportunities for educating and expanding the pediatric nursing workforce [White paper]. Institute of Pediatric Nursing. https://ipedsnursing.org/sites/ipn/files/resources/IPN_White_Paper_Safeguarding_the_Future_of_Pediatric_Care_03.16.2021.pdf

Andrews, S.P. (2020). Identification of Current Best Practices for Short Term Medical Mission Trips and Adherence to Current Common Principles and Guidelines. Christian Journal of Global Health, 7(2) https://doi.org/10.15566/cigh.v7i2.341

Book Chapters

Andrews, S. (2006). Care of the child in the acute care setting. In V. Bowden & C. Greenberg (eds.) Children and their families: The continuum of care (2nd ed. ) Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Representative Presentations

Andrews, S. P. and Runyun, P. (2023). Increasing Compliance with PIV Securement: Applying the Best Evidence to Improve Patient Outcomes. Sigma Theta Tau 47th Biennial Convention. San Antonio, Texas.

D.A. Sarik, S.P. Andrews, L. Reynolds, A. B. Brown, J. Garcia. Institute of Pediatric Nursing (IPN): Identifying Global Pediatric Workforce Priorities and Strategies. ICN Congress, July 2023. Montreal, Canada

Andrews, S.P. and Haskell, B. (2022). Enriching a Healthy Nursing Academic Work Environment (Plenary Session). Sigma Theta Tau International Healthy Work Environment Conference. Washington, DC.

Andrews, S.P. and Hudson, T. (2020, July). Leading the Way: Creating a Healthy Work Environment in Nursing Academia. Sigma Theta Tau 31st Annual International Nursing Research Congress. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Andrews, S.P. (2019, July). Identification of Best Practices for Short Term Medical Missions and Development of Practice Guidelines. Sigma Theta Tau 30th Annual International Nursing Research Congress. Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Reviewer for Journal of Pediatric Nursing and Teaching and Learning in Nursing

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
  • Institute for Pediatric Nursing (IPN)
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN)
  • Tennessee Nurses Assocation (TNA)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society


  • 2023 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to Faculty and Students.
  • 2021 STTI Healthy Work Environment Award in Academia. Submitted and accepted on behalf of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
  • 2004 Outstanding Alumni Award. University of Tampa Department of Nursing.
  • 1997 The TEAL Award (Teamwork* Excellence* Attitude* Leadership). Tampa General Healthcare.