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.

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 Co-Chairs:

Julia Yao, RN

Carolyn Forrest, RN

Meeting Date and Time

The VUMC Nursing Research Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 9:00 - 11:00am. Please contact Julia Yao 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 Research Office Elizabeth Card, MSN, RN, FNP-DC, CCRP
Nursing Research Office Nancy Wells, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention
Traci Denton, BA, BSN, RN, CCRN