Internationally recognized nurse researcher Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM, has joined Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) as assistant dean for Clinical Scholarship. Dr. Kleinpell will be joining VUSN from Rush University where she was director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship for the Rush University Medical Center and professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing for the College of Nursing.
Dr. Kleinpell has also been a visiting professor at VUSN since 2012. In her visiting role, Kleinpell facilitated clinical projects at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and worked with the Office of Advanced Practice to implement an advanced practice registered nurse initiative. She is a certified acute care nurse practitioner and experienced researcher, clinician, and educator in acute care and advanced practice nursing. Kleinpell’s research interests include telemedicine, ICU nursing care, elder care, outcome assessments, and initiatives to advance faculty and clinical scholarship.
Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor in Nursing and VUSN Dean, tells News.Vanderbilt.edu, “While visiting professor, Ruth taught in our doctor of nursing practice program in the area of assessing outcomes, and then two years ago, took on the part-time role of directing our newly launched scholarly practice program for nontenure track faculty. The scholarly practice program expanded so greatly under her leadership that it needed a full-time director. Ruth was our first choice. Her willingness to share her extensive experience as a researcher and clinician has enriched our faculty and knowledge base.”
Kleinpell is a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Institute of Medicine of Chicago, and the American Academy of Nursing. As assistant dean for Clinical Scholarship, Kleinpell will serve as director of the Scholarly Practice Program, focusing on supporting clinical teaching faculty in scholarship initiatives and scholarly clinical excellence.
To learn more about Dr. Kleinpell and her new role as assistant dean for Clinical Scholarship in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, visit here.
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