The Department of Nursing Education and Professional Development is accredited through the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) as an Approved Provider Unit for Nursing Contact Hours. Our provider unit is made up of a Primary Nurse Planner, a Co-Primary Nurse Planner, a Program Coordinator and several Nurse Planners. During the 2017 calander year our provider unit provided contact hours for 323 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) events for a total of 914.62 Contact Hours. Over 5100 participants attended these CNE events in 2017.


It is our goal to facilitate the advancement of nursing practice through the dissemination of knowledge through continuing education opportunities with contact hours that meet the criteria set forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the TNA. We also aim to support nurses to maintain and improve knowledge and skills of professional practice and provide professional development activities that meet nurses educational needs in alignment with organizational goals and priorities. If you have additional questions please contact Kerry Copeland, Primary Nurse Planner, at contact.hours@vanderbilt.edu

The Contact Hour Team

Primary Nurse Planner: Kerry Copeland, MSN, RN

Nurse Planners:

  • Rod Armstrong, MSN, RN
  • Susan Bosworth, MSN, APRN
  • David Collier, MBA, BSN, RN
  • Jim Cuvelier, BSN, RN
  • Kelly Ernst, MSN, RN
  • Kara Gordon, MSN, RN
  • Deb Hardy, MSN, RN
  • Karon Killian, MSN, RN
  • Janet Myers, DNP, APRN
  • Hope Spears, MSN, RN
  • Dominique Stratton, MSN, RN, FNP-C
  • Maria Sullivan, MSN, RN
  • Gloria Wacks, PhD, RN
  • Lesley Worsley-Hynd, MSN, RN

Accreditation statement - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Nursing Education and Professional Development is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.