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Neonatology Advanced Practice Providers

 

Advanced Practice Provider Manager

Kiersten LebarKiersten is the advanced practice provider team manager for the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital. She leads advanced practice providers (APPs) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), facilitating highly specialized, safe, and efficient care.

Kiersten is a board-certified Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced in the neonatal/pediatric critical care setting for 13 years. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Kiersten was a nurse practitioner in the NICU at Duke University Medical Center. She has also served as nurse practitioner team lead at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the Neonatal/Infant Intensive Care Unit, as well as at the NICU at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Kiersten was a registered nurse (RN) in the NICU at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania.

Kiersten received her Master of Science in Nursing degree in Pediatric Acute/Chronic Care from The University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Duke University and a Masters in Management or Healthcare from Vanderbilt University.


Advanced Practice Team Leads

Wendy Araya, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
Wendy is the Lead NICU NNP for Children’s Hospital. She focuses on daily operations for the nurse practitioners on the inpatient teams. She has many years of experience, including more than 20 years at Vanderbilt. She began her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Newborn Nursery in 1984. In 1990 while working as a LPN, Wendy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Austin Peay State University. She worked in the Level II nursery at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston for two years before returning to Middle Tennessee.

Wendy has been employed in the Children’s Hospital NICU since 1992. She served as both a staff nurse and NICU Assistant Manager prior to completing her Master’s Degree in 1996 at Vanderbilt School of Nursing and transitioning to becoming a member of the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team. She graduated in May 2012 from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Wendy is a master at advanced procedures and has interests in intubation and resuscitation. Her doctoral project focused on medicated intubations in the NICU. She serves as both a NRP and CPR Instructor.

Katie Hart Huskins, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Katie is the Lead NNP for our off-site NICUs, such as Maury Regional Medical Center, and will focus on NNP work in these locations. She brings a wealth of experience including a 15-year history at Vanderbilt to the role. Katie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Michigan State University in 1996. She began with Vanderbilt as a Registered Nurse in the NICU in 1998 where she served as both a charge and transport nurse. She earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2003 and joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team. Katie was a member of the Neonatal Emergency Transport Team before joining the group of Nurse Practitioners working in the VRAN NICU at Maury Regional Medical Center. Currently, her clinical practice time is split between Maury Regional Medical Center’s NICU and Vanderbilt.

Katie particularly loves to care for babies with pulmonary hypertension, late preterm babies, and micro-preemies. She is involved with the TIPQC Golden Hour Project at MRMC, the Nutrition QI Project at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and serves as an NRP instructor. Katie is also very interested and involved with electronic documentation.


Advanced Practice Providers

Natalie BrimNatalie Brim, MS, PA-C
Natalie is a board-certified physician assistant. She obtained her Master of Science degree from Yale School of Medicine and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Pre-Health from the University of Colorado. Natalie worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a research assistant on several neuropsychiatric clinical research studies, focusing mainly on therapeutic interventions for children with autism and on neural processing in adolescents with generalized anxiety disorder. Natalie wrote her Master's thesis on a novel therapy for neonatal abstinence syndrome and its potential effects on neurodevelopmental outcomes.

bryantFelice Bryant, MSN, NNP-BC
Felice earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2006. In 2009, she earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing, specializing as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, from Vanderbilt University. Prior to this, Felice worked as a nurse in the NICU at The University of Tennessee Medical Center and Children's Hospital. Upon graduation, she where spent five years in Salt Lake City, Utah, working as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. She particularly enjoys attending deliveries and caring for the extremely premature and intrauterine growth-restricted infant population.

Carlye Burns, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Carlye is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Transport Team. Carlye earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Samford University School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama in 2006. She started her career in the NICU at Children's Hospital in 2006 when she completed the Pediatric Nurse Residency Program. While working as an RN in the NICU she earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2010. Carlye joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team in 2011.

Carlye enjoys caring for infants with Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, and those requiring surgical intervention.

Jenny Chase, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Jenny is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at both Children’s Hospital and Maury Regional Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Union University in 1998. Jenny worked as an RN in the NICU for six years at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. While there, she earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2004 and joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Jenny was a member of the Neonatal Transport Team before joining the team of Nurse Practitioners at Vanderbilt’s Regional Affiliate Nursery (VRAN) at Maury Regional Medical Center. Currently, her clinical practice time is split between Maury Regional Medical Center’s NICU and Vanderbilt. Jenny enjoys participating in research and staff education.

clarkCarol Clark, MSN, APRN, FNP, NNP-BC
Carol is a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing  from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and her Masters of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) from the University of South Alabama and a post-Master's as an advanced family nurse practitioner from the University of South Alabama.

Carol started her career at UAB in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). During her time there she held a charge nurse position and was a member of the transport team. Carol worked for a Neonatologist in Ecuador at Hospital Metropolitano. Upon returning to the U.S., Carol worked as a registered nurse and ECMO team member at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham. In 1991 Carol joined Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as an RN while pursuing her MSN degree. She went on to practice as a neonatal nurse practitioner at Sacred Heart in Pensacola, returning to Tennova Healthcare in Clarksville, Tenn. in 2011. Carol currently practices at Tennova as part of the Vanderbilt Regional Affiliate Nursery.

Betsy CockerhamBetsy Cockerham MSN, APRN, NNP-BC

Betsy is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Clemson University in 2008 and her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2015.

Betsy started her nursing career in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Presbyterian Hospital in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. She went on to work as a registered nurse in the NICU at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Heather Davis, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Heather is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Transport Team. Originally from Indiana, Heather has been an RN since graduating from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Saint Joseph’s College in 2005, and her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2009.

Heather has previously worked as a bedside nurse at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and at Children’s Hospital in the NICU. She started her NNP career at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In 2011 she returned to Vanderbilt and joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner team. Heather’s greatest passion is serving an at-risk population and seeing her impact on both the patients and families. The NICU at Vanderbilt has offered a unique blend of both medical and procedural experiences that help shape her career goals and objectives.

Sujata DesphandeSujata Desphande, MS, PA-C, RD

Sujata (Sue) is a board certified physician assistant (PA). She attended the University of Alabama where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Clinical Nutrition. After graduating, she worked as a Clinical Nutritionist at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham in the neonatal intensive care nursery (NICU) and pediatric floor with both surgical and gastrointestinal teams for five years.

In 2007, she returned to obtain her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In order to combine her love of pediatric nutrition and infants, she completed a PA residency in the NICU in 2010, where she has stayed as part of team of Advanced Practice Providers.

Katie Dugger, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Katie is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Transport Team. Katie began her nursing career at Children’s Hospital in 2007 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Tennessee Tech University. She completed the Pediatric Nurse Residency program and began working as a bedside nurse in the NICU. While there, Katie earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University, graduating in 2011. She joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner team in 2012.

Katie loves having the chance to impact the lives of such a vulnerable population. She is interested in the nutrition of preterm neonates and improving pain management of infants in the immediate post-op period.

Eva Dye MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Ev is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at  Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Emergency Transport Team.

Eva earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Western Kentucky University in 1996. She graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing bridge program and MSN program in 1998 and worked in the NICU at Vanderbilt from 1998-2000. After leaving Vanderbilt in 2000, she worked in NICUs in Madison, Wis. and Memphis, Tenn. Eva has been a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner since 2004. She joined the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital NICU NP group in July of 2012. Eva particularly enjoys attending deliveries and working with micropreemies.

Emily ElderEmily Elder, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC

Emily is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She has been an RN since graduating from Ivy Tech State College in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana in 2009 and her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2016.

Emily previously worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse at The Women’s Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana.

Karen Gannon, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Karen is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at Children’s Hospital. She obtained her RN diploma in New York in 1971. In 1974 she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and in 1975 her Master of Science degree in Nursing at the University Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Karen has been working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit since 1972, and as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner since 1991.

Karen joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team at Children’s Hospital in 1992. She is involved with multiple projects, including the TIPQC Golden Hour Committee. She is also active in the Middle Tennessee Affiliate of Huntington’s Disease Society of America and gave a presentation at the education day on Advocacy. She participates in HDSA fundraisers in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis. Karen particularly enjoys caring for extremely low birth weight babies.

Terri Gay MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Terri is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at  Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Transport Team. Terri has been caring for critically ill infants since she graduated with her Associate's degree in Nursing from Samford University School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1979. She came to Vanderbilt in 1989 with 10 years of Level 3 NICU nursing and neonatal transport experience. After working for 21 years as a NICU nurse and neonatal emergency transport team member, she earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Upon graduation from Vanderbilt, she joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner team in 2000.

GoodsonKatie Goodson, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Katie is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama in 2016 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Before joining Vanderbilt as a nurse practitioner Katie was a registered nurse in the NICU at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.

 

 

Rachael GreenRachael Green, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC

Rachael is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Otterbein University in 2011 and her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2016.

She started her nursing career in the Pediatric Nurse Residency Program at Children's Hospital. While obtaining her MSN, Rachel worked as a staff nurse and charge nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children's Hospital.

Amy Hall MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Amy is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the
NICU at Children’s Hospital. Amy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2001. She started her career in the NICU at Vanderbilt in 2001. While working as a bedside and transport nurse she earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2006 and upon graduation joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team. Amy particularly enjoys caring for extremely premature infants and attending high risk deliveries.

Kristel Lassiter, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Kristel is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Transport Team. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2001. Kristel worked as a NICU nurse in North Carolina and Texas prior to joining Vanderbilt in April 2008.

While working as a bedside nurse and transport nurse in the NICU at Vanderbilt, Kristel earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team in 2012 with 11 years of NICU nursing experience.

Aimee Longo, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Aimee is the Lead Neonatal Transport NNP. She works directly with the Transport Management Team regarding day to day operations for transport NNPs. She is one of the newer members of our team. However, from the start her peers have felt as if they have known Aimee for years and that she has always been a part of the Vanderbilt team. Aimee received her nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005. She started her career in the NICU working at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She obtained her MSN from the University of South Alabama in 2009 and joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team in June of 2010.

Aimee says she came to Vanderbilt because of the amazing experience of learning about every type of neonate imaginable. Her favorite patient population is extremely premature neonates with a particular interest in the initial delivery room resuscitation and the transport of neonates.

Jenni Manfre, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Jenni is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Transport Team. Jenni earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Mississippi College and came to work at Vanderbilt as bedside nurse in the NICU in 2002. While working as a bedside nurse and transport nurse, Jenni earned her Master of Science in Nursing in 2007 from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team.

Sarah McCullar, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Sarah is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Transport Team. Sarah graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee in 2007. She found her passion for the NICU at UT Medical Center in Knoxville.

Sarah came to Children’s Hospital in 2008 to work in the NICU as a bedside nurse. She completed her Master of Science degree in Nursing at Vanderbilt University in 2011 and joined the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner group in 2012.

Leigh Ann Murphy, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Leigh Ann is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at both Children’s Hospital and Maury Regional Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1996. She began her nursing career in 1996 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baptist Hospital, Little Rock, Ark. Leigh Ann became a beside nurse at Children’s Hospital in 1997. While there, Leigh Ann earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2001 and then joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner team.

Leigh Ann enjoys caring for the extremely low birth-weight infant. She plays an active role in procedural education for the NNPs. She is also a member of the CAPNAH Advanced Standards committee.

Helen Nation, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Helen is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at  Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Transport Team. Helen started her career in 2003 in the NICU at Children’s Hospital after graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Tennessee Technological University. She earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2007 and joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team at Children’s Hospital.

 

nelsonNatalie Nelson, MSN, NNP-BC
Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In 2007, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing from UAB, specializing as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Before Natalie was a nurse practitioner, she was a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital.

Annette Pacetti, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Annette is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at  Children’s Hospital. She came to Vanderbilt as a CNS in 1985 from the UT Health Sciences Center having completed Bachelor of Science  Master of Science degrees in Nursing. Annette began her nursing career as a staff nurse and transport nurse in the NICU at The Med while in graduate school. In 1988, the Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt decided to trial an NNP in the transport role. Annette moved into that role as the first NNP in the NICU at Vanderbilt. She continued her NNP career at Emory in Atlanta from 1989-1999, at which point she relocated back to Nashville. After a brief stint as a full-time wife and mom, Annette returned to Vanderbilt in 2001 to join the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team.

Annette's main area of interest is high-risk delivery and neonatal resuscitation. She is currently involved in the TIPQC Golden Hour project, the Family-Center Caesarian Birth initiative, and the RN/RT transport role development.

Rachel PainterRachel Painter, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Rachel is a Board Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Belmont University in 2012, and a Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016.

While obtaining her MSN, Rachel worked as a staff nurse and transport nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Centennial Medical Center.

Kimberly Patterson, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Kimberly is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Transport Team. She began her career as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at the Medical University of South Carolina NICU after graduating from East Carolina University with her Master of Science degree in Nursing in 2006. She has been with our NICU Nurse Practitioner team since 2011.

Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Kimberly worked as a staff RN for six years at Pitt County Memorial Hospital after graduating with her BSN at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has always loved being in the NICU and is especially interested in neonatal nutrition, extremely low birth-weight infants, and working on the transport team.

Susan Reed, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Susan is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Emergency Transport Team. She began her career as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Children's Hospital in January of 2005, after graduating with her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Prior to working at Vanderbilt she worked at the Children's Hospital of Alabama in the NICU as an RN for eight years, where she also became an ECMO specialist. Susan also obtained an MSN/MBA from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a focus on nursing executive administration in May 2001.

Susan has always loved the NICU patients, which spurred her to go back to school to become an NNP. Of special interest to her are the micro preemies and PPHN babies, as they are some of the most challenging and complex patients to care for.

Colleen Moss, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Colleen is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at both Children’s Hospital and Maury Regional Medical Center. Colleen received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Child Development from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 2000. She earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2001. She started her NICU career as a care partner in the NICU at Vanderbilt in 1999. After graduation she began working as a bedside nurse in the NICU.

In 2003, Colleen began her career as an NNP at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. In 2007 she returned to Vanderbilt to join the NICU Nurse Practitioner Team. Currently, her clinical practice time is split between Maury Regional Medical Center’s NICU and Vanderbilt.

ramiehCharlotte Ramieh, DNP, MSN, NNP-BC
Charlotte earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2006. In 2013, she earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing, specializing as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Alabama. She started her nursing career in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Houston, Texas. Charlotte has a diverse pediatric nursing background with clinical experiences encompassing emergency medicine to neonatal care. Her passion as a NNP is caring for extremely low birthweight infants and improving the quality of care patients receive.

Kelli Ricketts, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Kelli is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at  Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Neonatal Emergency Transport Team. Kelli has worked in the NICU since graduating with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2001. She continued her education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Regis University, Colorado, in 2005. Kelli then received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2008. Kelli has worked in many different NICUs including St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver; Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina; Baptist Women’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.; and St. Johns’ Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She joined our NICU Nurse Practitioner team in December of 2010.

Kelli enjoys the challenge of remaining current with the continual advancements in neonatal care and the broad spectrum of opportunities that coincide with being a member of a multidisciplinary team caring for NICU patients.

Gloria Rubadeau, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Gloria is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at  Children’s Hospital. After graduating with her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, she worked as a NICU RN for two years at Children’s Hospital. In 1997 she became NCC certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and joined our NICU Nurse Practitioner Team.

Gloria enjoys attending high-risk deliveries and managing the care of premature babies. Fluent in Spanish, she also provides specialized care to a diverse patient population. Gloria recently became involved in the TIPQC Human Milk Project and looks forward to improving the nutrition of our tiniest patients.

schmidRebecca Schmid, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Rebecca is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing degree from Austin Peay State University and her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Rebecca began her nursing career at Tennova Healthcare in 2011 in the newborn nursery. In 2012, she began working in the NICU at Children’s Hospital where she was a charge nurse for over a year. Her top interest is in delivery resuscitation and stabilization.

Jessica Simpson, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Jessica is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at both Children’s Hospital and Maury Regional Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee in 2002 and her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt School of Nursing in 2007. After graduation she worked at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles as an NNP. Jessica joined the NICU Nurse Practitioner group at Children’s Hospital in 2010. Jessica has worked in the field of nursing since 2002 and as an advanced practice nurse since 2007.

Claire Slone, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Claire earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University. She began her nursing career in 1995 in the Children's Hospital NICU as a Registered Nurse, serving as both an ECMO bedside nurse and a transport nurse. She joined the Nurse Practitioner Team in 1997 practicing at Vanderbilt until mid 1999. During her absence from Vanderbilt, she practiced as a NNP at both East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a native Tennessean, she soon realized her heart was in Nashville and her home was Vanderbilt, so returned to join the NICU NP Service at Children’s in 2002. She served as a manager for four years, overseeing the team's growth from 18 to 34 NPs.

Claire loves her role as feels she gets to see the NICU through many lenses. She has a passion for NP development, infant nutrition, and delivery room management/resuscitation. She is actively involved with the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care and serves as an NRP Instructor. Claire also sees the NICU from a parent’s perspective after her twins spent a week in the unit. She feels this experience only deepened the empathy she feels for her patients’ families.

StahlRoxanne Stahl, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Roxanne is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Associate's degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska. Roxanne obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center in Denver in 1994.

Prior to working Children’s Hospital, Roxanne worked as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Humana Hospital University in Louisville Ky. She went on to practice as an RN at Boulder Community Hospital in Medical/Surgical/Oncology areas. Roaxanne then returned to her passion for neonatology, working as an RN at Longmont United Hospital in the Normal Nursery, Level I Community hospital.

Roxanne accepted her first Neonatal Nurse Practitioner position at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. as a NNP in their start-up Nursery/NICU Level II in conjunction with Vanderbilt Neonatology. She transitioned to a full-time position in the Level IV NICU and Transport at Children’s Hospital, also covering deliveries at Williamson Medical Center. In 2000, Roxanne traveled to Saipan to teach a hospital staff how to care for babies during a 10-week assignment. Upon returning home, she accepted a teaching position at Vanderbilt School of Nursing in the NNP program from 2000-2004, graduating five classes of students. Roxanne currently practices at Tennova Healthcare in Clarksville as part of the Vanderbilt Regional Affiliate Nursery.

Jane Todd, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Jane is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at both Children’s Hospital and Maury Regional Medical Center. She is a neonatal nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Jane earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health/Sports Science from University of Richmond in 1992. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master's degree in Nursing in 1994.

Jane worked in Neonatal Intensive Care units in Dallas, Baltimore, and Charlotte, before moving back to Nashville in 2003 and joining our NICU Nurse Practitioner team. She currently divides her clinical time between Maury Regional Medical Center and Children's Hospital.

walckJenna Walck, MSN, NNP-BC
Jenna is a 2008 graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. Prior to beginning her nursing career, Jenna worked in genetics research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2012, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Emory University, and then worked in the NICU at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University, and also as a travel nurse. In 2015, she completed her Master of Science degree in Nursing, specializing as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, at the University of Pennsylvania.

WhaleyBrian F. Whaley, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Brian is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Brian graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1994. He worked in East Asia for three years teaching English as a Second Language. Brian returned to the US and received his ADN-RN from Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina. He worked as an RN for eight years in the NICU at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While working as an RN, Brian earned his Master of Science degree in Nursing in 2009 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He began his Neonatal Nurse Practitioner career at the North Carolina Children's Hospital at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and later at Tennova in Clarksville, Tenn.

Hilary YoungHilary Young, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC

Hilary is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with special honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011, and Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2016.

Originally from Houston, Hilary began her nursing career in the NICU at  Children's Hospital through the Pediatric Nurse Residency program. During her five years as a registered nurse, Hilary led the initiative to create and implement a new patient care protocol to use cycled lighting to enhance the developmental care of neonates. Hilary also served as a member of the Palliative Care and Developmental Care Committee.


Last Edited: October 30, 2017
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