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Our Leadership Team

Kathie  Krause, M.S.N., R.N., NNP-BC, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer

Kathie Krause began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 1984. Before returning to Children's Hospital in 2015, she served as chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care at Le Bonheur Childrenís Hospital in Memphis.

Krause received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Kent State University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She worked at Vanderbilt for seven years, and then held progressive nursing positions at Huntsville Hospital and Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children in Alabama before her appointment at Le Bonheur.

She started at Vanderbilt as a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she helped implement technological breakthroughs that greatly improved outcomes for infants.

She was part of the original team that established extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a method of long-term lung and/or heart support for patients with severe pulmonary and/or cardiac failure.

After graduating from VUSN, she became certified as neonatal nurse practitioner, a field about which she remains passionate.
Marissa Lemley Brown, M.S.N., R.N., †CPN
Director of Clinical Education

Marissa Lemley Brown began her pediatric nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2001 after graduating from Aquinas College. She served in a number of roles before becoming the Director of Clinical Education for Children's Hospital. Marissa is proud to be a fourth-generation nurse. She believes in the benefits of professional development, staff mentoring, and a supportive transitional environment for new professionals.
Kate Copeland, M.S.N., R.N., CPN, NE-BC
Administrative Director of Emergency Services

Kate has over 25 years of experience in pediatrics including acute care, emergency services, and hematology/oncology. The Emergency Services line includes the Pediatric Emergency Department, Outreach Team for our Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, Neonatal Outreach Team, Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Team, and the Resuscitation Program. She also works with our pediatric services and After-Hours Clinics for nursing practice and competencies. Kate believes improving the safety and quality of family-centered care is the key to these programs' success.
Marlee Crankshaw, DNP, R.N., CNML
Administrative Director of Neonatal Services

Marlee has been with Vanderbilt since 1983. She received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Tennessee State University, and attended Vanderbilt School of Nursing where she obtained her Master's in Nursing in 2001 and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2010. Marlee enjoyed her many years as a staff nurse before moving to Case Management, when she discovered she really thrived on having her hands on the many different pieces of the patient's experience. She has always been with the†Neonatal Intensive Care Unit†and joined the Leadership Team in 2003 - for Neonatal Services, which includes NICU, Newborn Nursery and Perinatal Education. Marlee is committed to providing excellent care to each of the babies and their families in this large department. She works hard to ensure each member of the staff feels valued and has established a strong mentorship.
Andrea L. Hughie, M.S.N., R.N., NEA-BC

Andrea joined the Children's Hospital nursing leadership team in June 2017. She has 15 years of pediatric nursing experience that includes pediatric critical care, case management, pediatric primary care and various leadership roles. Andrea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Rutgers University in 2003. She began her nursing career at The University Hospital (UMDNJ) in Newark, N.J. where she had many progressive career opportunities within the UMDNJ network. She worked in the New Jersey/New York area for several years, and later returned to Rutgers University to obtain her Master of Science degree in Nursing with a concentration in Clinical Nurse Leadership in 2010.

Andrea obtained Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Villanova University. She enjoys complex project management and problem solving by standardizing processes in an effort to reduce waste, enhance outcomes and minimize errors. In her current position at Childrenís Hospital she oversees the Case Management Team and Inpatient and Outpatient Float Pool, and provides support to shared governance activities and other projects as needed within the Children's Hospital.

Andrea works hard to support innovate practice and thought so that patients have optimal experiences and outcomes across various populations and health care settings, while stewarding the efficient and effective use of health care resources.
Vicki Jones, M.S.N., R.N., NE-BC
Administrative Director, Inpatient Nursing Services

Vicki began her career at Childrenís Hospital in 1996, first as a Staff Nurse and then moving into the roles of Assistant Manager, Manager, and Administrative Director.

Vicki serves her Patient Care Center as well as the entire Medical Center in numerous ways. She is a member of the Leadership Development Committee (one of several VUMC "Be the Best" committees) and participated in the development of a nursing succession planning program for VUMC. She currently co-chairs the Vascular Access Performance, Management and Improvement Committee and is the Nursing hospital acquired condition (HAC) Leader for both CLABSI and PIVIE initiatives.†Vicki also represents Children's Hospital nationally as a Subject Matter Expert for the development of the HAC related to Peripheral Intravenous Infiltration and Extravasation (PIVIE).†

In addition to supporting patient and family centered care, Vicki has a passion for quality improvement, pain management, and shared decision making.†She appreciates the insight of all stakeholders and likes nothing better than bringing colleagues of all disciplines together to discuss new projects.
Jill Kinch, MMHC, M.S.N., APN, CPNP-AC/PC, NE-BC
Director for Ambulatory, Acute Care and Perioperative Services

Jill is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in both primary and acute care. She has practiced in the tertiary care setting for more than 19 years. Jill is also board-certified as a Nurse Executive.

Her role includes directing family-centered and developmentally-focused patient care.†She has focused on individualized coordination of care for children with an emphasis on creating safe, efficient, and caring protocols for children undergoing anesthesia and sedation. She was named Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year in 2012 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Jill founded the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) in 2012 and was appointed President of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) in 2013.†Her work with TNA focuses on improving health care outcomes for Tennessee citizens. This includes advocating for improving access to preventive health care resources.†In 2014 she was awarded The Nurse of Distinction for her clinical and community service, by the Tennessee Hospital Association. Additionally, in 2014 she graduated from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management with a Masterís degree in Health Care Management.

Jill is a published author. Her work can be found in the Journal of Anesthesia and Clinical Research (2015). It has been recognized by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and is featured on the Perioperative Surgical Home website.
Kathy Moss, M.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., NEA-BC
Director of Nursing and Clinical Support Services

Kathy joined the Children's Hospital nursing leadership team in January 2010. She has 30 years of health care experience that includes 10 years of clinical nursing practice in Pediatric Medicine, Oncology/Hematology, and Pediatric Critical Care at Vanderbilt. In addition, she has 20 years of nursing leadership, project management, and consulting experience. In her current position Kathy oversees Nursing practice in the Medical and Medical Specialty Clinics, Wound Ostomy Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Nursing Special Projects. Kathy is a member of Vanderbiltís Evidence-based Practice and Nursing Research Committee and the Shared Governance Committee. She is proud to be a part of Vanderbilt Nursing where nurses are encouraged to practice to their fullest potential and are exposed to world-renowned leaders and researchers in a collaborative environment.
Barbara Shultz, M.S.N., R.N., NE-BC
Administrative Director of Surgical Services

Barbara Shultz came to Vanderbilt in 2005. Her goal is to work with others across the organization to identify innovative ways to conduct business in the surgical arena that improve patient experience, enhance patient safety and quality. She works with other teams to integrate all aspects of our patientís care by focusing on the patientís experience across the continuum. Barbara is committed to the professional development of others to ensure we continue to develop teams that provide excellent patient care, research, and education.
Michelle Terrell, M.S.N., APN, CPNP-AC/PC, NE-BC
Director of Advanced Practice for Pediatric Acute and Critical Care

Michelle Terrell leads advanced practice nurses (APNs) and physicianís assistants (PA) in the acute and critical care setting, coordinating delivery of high-quality, safe, and efficient care.
Michelle is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in both primary and acute care and has practiced in the pediatric critical care setting since 2002 as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Leadership and advanced practice program development have been the focus of her career. Mentoring and growing new nurse practitioners are the heart of her work.
Terrell served as the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) President from July 2012-July 2013. She serves as a member of the APN Committee of the Tennessee Nurses Association.
She received the 2015 VUMC APN of the Year Award and the Innovative Practice in Nursing Award in 2005.
She has served as the VUMC Advanced Practice Standards Committee Chair since 2009. Her work focuses on ensuring Advanced Practice Provider Practice is in accordance with the rules and regulations governing, including state and institution.
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