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What is the Vanderbilt Professional Nursing Practice Program (VPNPP)?

The Vanderbilt Professional Nursing Practice Program (VPNPP) is a performance-based career advancement program for nurses. It is supported by the Magnet Framework and a comprehensive performance evaluation system that recognizes and reward clinical nursing expertise in direct patient care. All direct care nurses participate in VPNPP at one of four levels. 

The Goals of VPNPP are to: 
 

  • Retain clinical nurses in direct patient care
  • Recognize and reward nursing performance in accordance with indicators of clinical expertise as well as contribution to the team, department, and the organization.
  • Foster an environment that promotes high quality patient care and contributes to positive patient outcomes. 
  • Establish nursing performance standards across the clinical enterprise.​

VPNPP exists to promote, support, recognize, and reward you as you grow within the role of the professional nurse as defined by internal and external practice standards, the context of the organization culture, and external environmental influences.
 

Questions?

Contact us at
VPNPP@vumc.org

Need more information?

Submit a request at VPNPP@vumc.org for a member of the operations team to present at your unit board or staff meeting to explain the improvements to VPNPP.

OPERATIONS TEAM
(click names for email)

Ernst

Kelly Ernst, MSN, RN-BC
VPNPP Co-Chair
Nursing Education Specialist
Nursing Education & Professional Development
615/322-7428
kelly.ernst@vumc.org


Smulder

Justin R. Smolder, BSN, RN
VPNPP Co-Chair
Nursing Education Specialist
VUMC Nursing Education and Professional Development
615/875-4582
justin.r.smolder@vumc.org


Stuart

Regina Stuart, MBA
VPNPP Associate Program Manager
Nursing Education and Professional Development
615/936-4609
regina.d.stuart@vumc.org