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Nursing Research Committee

The VUMC Evidence-based Practice and Nursing Research Committee was established to better serve the Vanderbilt Nursing community by supporting nursing research and evidence-based practice.

2018 Research Committee

2018 Research Comm Members

VUMC Nursing Research Committee Goals

Long-term Goal

Provide leadership for the use of evidence-based practice as an integral component of clinical practice and management decision making.

Short-term Goals (1-2 yrs):

  • Ensure access & ability to use data and evidence resources.
  • Develop guidelines and tools to support nurses in meeting EBP competencies.
  • Facilitate consistent practice through effective communication.

Nursing Research Committee Members

Committee Chair:

Stephanie Abbu, DNP, RN, CNML

Co-Chairs: TBA January 2020

Meeting Date and Time

The VUMC Nursing Research Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 9:00 - 11:00am. Please contact  Stephanie Abbu if you are interested in attending.

Nursing Research Committee Member Contacts

Entity / Department



VPH Carolyn Forrest, RN
Clinical Trials Center Mary Downey, RN
VUH, MICU Darlene McCormick, RN4
VCH, NICU Stephanie Abbu, MSN, RN
VUH, Urology Julia Yao, RN, BSN
Nursing Education and Professional Development
Gloria Wacks, PhD, RN

Nursing Education and Professional Development

Kerry Copeland, MSN, RN, CNRN, CRRN
Nursing Research Office Elizabeth Card, MSN, RN, FNP-DC, CCRP, FASPAN​
Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention
Traci Denton, BA, BSN, RN, CCRN
VUH, Functional Neurological Surgery  Wura Adesinasi, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
VUH, GI Endoscopy Christine Cleary, RN4, BSN, MA
VCH, HR/PACU Summer Fitts, BSN, RN, CPAN
VUH, Main Operating Room Glendyle Levinskas, BSN, RN, CNOR
Human Research Protection Program Wendy Lloyd, BA, LPN, CCRP
VCH, Patient Care Center Kathy Moss, MSN, MBA, RN, PMP, NEA-BC
VUH, Perioperative Services Juli Reynolds, BSN, RN4-CC