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Nursing Administrators: Vanderbilt University Hospital

Robin Steaban  |     April Kapu       
Vicki Richard   |   Julie Williams   |   Jeanne Yeatman

Robin SteabanRobin Steaban, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Administrative Officer
Chief Nursing Officer,
Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics

Robin has over 15 years of nursing practice experience and an equal number of years of experience supporting those in practice while serving in various leadership roles. She thrives on the complexity and challenges of supporting the three pronged mission of an academic medical center and considers herself extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to lead patient care efforts at Vanderbilt. Robin has demonstrated an ability to lead teams and manage operations to deliver exceptional service, financial, and quality outcomes. Robin is committed to patients and thus, has a great appreciation and profound respect for staff and faculty that commit their lives to the care and service of others. She loves to study and apply the science of leadership and sees leadership as an opportunity and an obligation to create an environment that supports and encourages staff and faculty to use their full potential of intellect, skills, and compassion to optimize the health and well being of others.

April Kapu, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC
Assistant Director for Advanced Practice Nursing
Vanderbilt University Hospital

April N. Kapu is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Faculty member for Vanderbilt University and the Assistant Director for Advanced Practice.  She has developed comprehensive recruitment, orientation, evaluation, quality and continuing education programs for intensivist and hospitalist NP programs.  She is known nationally for her work on advancing ACNP practice in the hospital setting and is frequently consulted to provide her expertise to healthcare institutions that are developing and expanding hospital based NP teams.  She has published manuscripts and has presented at numerous national conferences including American Nurses Association (ANA) , American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and the University Health Consortium (UHC).  Ms. Kapu is currently pursuing her DNP.  Her areas of interest include” “Adding ACNPs to Rapid Response Teams”, “Developing 24/7 ICU NP Models of Care”, “Recruitment, Onboarding and Retention of ACNPs”, “Professional Practice Evaluation” and “Financial Impact of Adding NPs to Inpatient Models of Care”.

Vicki Richard, BSN, RN, MBA, NEA-BC
Assistant Administrator
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center (VICC)

Vicki is the Assistant Administrator for the solid tumor cancer services at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.  Her current areas of responsibility include: on board and ongoing support for managers; onboarding and ongoing support for solid tumor Nurse Practitioners; Administrative lead for VICC NPs; Co Chair of VICC Quality Committee, and Co Chair Medication Use and Safety Improvement Committee.  She is also involved with American Nurses Association, Tennessee Nurses Association, and Oncology Nurses Association (national and middle Tennessee chapter).  Vicki received her BSN from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.  Vicki enjoys working at Vanderbilt because our triple mission of education, patient care, and research assures that patient’s receive excellent care, often having treatment options that would not be available with other providers.  Vicki believes nursing is very strong at Vanderbilt and is proud of our Excellent Nursing Leadership as evidenced by our Magnet status, national recognition of our nursing leaders, and our nursing leader’s participation at all levels of senior leadership

Julianne Williams, MSN, RN
Administrative Director
Inpatient Neuroscience and Trauma

Julie joined the Vanderbilt Hospital Nursing leadership team in August of 2011 as the Administrative Director of Inpatient Neurosciences.  In April 2012 she expanded her scope to include the trauma program.  She is responsible for oversight of adult inpatient neuroscience, stroke and trauma services at VUH.  As a leader for two growing and busy services she acts as a liaison to support patient care across the continuum for these patient care arenas.  Her focus has been on mentoring the frontline leadership to produce positive patient care outcomes.  Julie has served in a variety of nursing leadership positions in her career including charge nurse, manager, and director level positions.  Her most recent position prior to coming to Vanderbilt was as a Nursing Director for Bronson Methodist Hospital servicing the Professional Practice Department (Magnet program), Inpatient Trauma, Neuroscience, Orthopedics, and General Surgery.  Throughout her career, Julie has been committed to transforming the frontline leaders, quality improvement, professional nursing practice, patient transitions and patient and family centered care.

Jeanne Yeatman, RN, EMT
Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Jeanne has been with Vanderbilt since 1989; she began as a Care Partner in the Emergency Department and worked there while completing nursing school.  Jeanne served as a staff/charge nurse prior to moving to LifeFlight in 1993 as a flight nurse.  She has served as an assistant manager, program director, and administrative director of LifeFlight and has overseen a fivefold growth in the program.  She was awarded the prestigious Program Director of the Year Award in 2005 by the Association of Air Medical Services.  In 2012 she assumed oversight of Adult Emergency Services, LifeFlight and Resuscitation. 

Her leadership of departments that are often the core entry points to Vanderbilt is very important; often her staff works under high pressure and in austere circumstances.  She is dedicated to meeting the patient’s and the staff’s needs in this unique environment.  Jeanne values high quality patient care and safety and is committed to providing an environment that promotes learning and continuous improvement.