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Vanderhoef to direct Psychiatric Mental Health NP Program

Aug. 20, 2015, 10:02 AM

Dawn Vanderhoef, Ph.D., DNP, has been named director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN).

Dawn Vanderhoef, Ph.D., DNP

The program is one of the school’s largest specialties and is ranked as the No. 4 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in the country, according to the most recent U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools list.

“Dawn is recognized as a clinical expert on integrated health care models and an innovator in bringing technology into the academic nursing curricula,” said Linda Norman, DSN, R.N., Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and dean of VUSN. “She is a knowledgeable national presenter and admired by students and colleagues alike. She is the ideal leader for this program.”

Vanderhoef has more than 20 years of psychiatric nursing experience. She was a faculty member at VUSN from 2003 to 2010. In 2013, she returned to VUSN from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She also actively practices at Centerstone Community Health Center and has published extensively in the areas of educational innovation.

Last month, she was named to receive the Award for Excellence in Education from the American Nurses Psychiatric Association (APNA), a recognition given to someone who has imparted knowledge, skill and clinical analysis in the field by demonstrating innovative approaches, collaboration with other disciplines and positive mentoring.

Vanderhoef earned her BSN from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a MSN from the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at VUSN, a DNP and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP from VUSN.

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