Research & Scholarly Activity

Our school has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to research excellence. It is one of many ways that we are helping to lead the nursing discipline forward in education and patient care.

Our Mission

The Vanderbilt University school of Nursing is a recognized leader in the development and testing of innovations in nursing practice and patient care. Our research mission is to transform  the discipline of nursing through research, practice and partnerships. To contribute to the social advancement and health of Tennessee, the nation and world. Vanderbilt School of Nursing (VUSN)  supports the development of innovative research programs within VUSN that align strategically with other Vanderbilt University initiatives and that address national priorities to promote and protect health. Our faculty conduct research in the following signature areas: 

  • Acute and chronic illnesses
  • Pregnancy outcomes, mother and infant health and family health
  • Innovations in practice models for implementation science
  • Palliative care science
  • Innovations in health technologies
  • Cognitive health and dysfunction
  • Data Science

Collaboration at VUSN

Our research and scholarly activities are supported by several mechanisms including the extensive resources of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Examples of these include the Clinical Research Center, the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Center for Interdisciplinary Workforce Studies and the Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. There are many opportunities for School of Nursing faculty and students to collaborate with nursing and medical staff and faculty in our hospitals and clinics as well as those of collaborating institutions supported by agencies such as the Veterans Administration. Much of our research is multidisciplinary, involving researchers from the fields of medicine, business, engineering, anthropology, psychology, education and public policy.

Within the school, the Center for Research Development and Scholarship (CRDS) provides a full range of services and resources for faculty and postdoctoral fellows’ projects.

Faculty Research

Within the above signature research areas, our faculty are pursuing important questions in: workforce and safety, animal assisted therapy, oncology and lymphedema, cognitive dysfunction associated intensive care admissions, heart failure and self-management, prematurity, nursing informatics, self-management and related skills in pediatric diabetes, end-of-life and palliative care, frailty and gaining and the adverse health effects related to unhealthy patterns of alcohol consumption.