Global Health Topic(s): Nursing
Dr. Ziegler is an Assistant Professor in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She completed both her MSN and DNP degrees at Vanderbilt, in 2006 and 2012, respectively. Prior to becoming and FNP, she was a Registered Dietitian in a small Appalachian community in East Tennessee and worked in a nutrition research lab at the University of Tennessee investigating the anti-cancer properties of phytochemicals. Her global health experience began in 2009, working with traditional healers in Western Kenya on initiatives aimed at protecting their traditional knowledge and improving and augmenting access to primary care health services, as well as finding market based strategies to promote forest preservation. She has 10 years of clinical experience as a family nurse practitioner in an underserved urban primary care clinic in Nashville, Tennessee and has been on faculty at Vanderbilt since Spring 2013. Dr. Ziegler teaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner program as well as the Nurse Midwifery Program and coordinates global health initiatives for the School of Nursing. Her current practice interest is finding innovative strategies to improve health outcomes in underserved communities through culturally appropriate, community-based health initiatives. She is also working on the development of academic programming to educate students on the role of Primary Care Providers in advocating for adaptation and mitigation policy for climate change.
D.N.P. and M.S.N., Vanderbilt University
M.S., University of Tennessee