Nursing Administrators: Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

K. Krause

Kathie Krause, MSN, RN, NNP-BC, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Kathie began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 1984, and returned as Chief Nursing Officer in January 2015. Before coming back to Childrens Hospital, she served as chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care at Le Bonheur Childrens Hospital in Memphis for seven years. Kathie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Kent State University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She worked at Vanderbilt for seven years, and then held progressive nursing positions at Huntsville Hospital and Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children in Alabama before her appointment at Le Bonheur.

M. Crankshaw

Marlee Crankshaw, DNP, RN, CNML
Director, Neonatal Services

Marlee has been with Vanderbilt since 1983. She enjoyed her many years as a staff nurse before moving to Case Management, when she discovered she really thrived on having her hands on the many different pieces of the patient's experience. She has always been with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and joined the Leadership Team in 2003 - for Neonatal Services, which includes NICU, Newborn Nursery and Perinatal Education. Marlee is committed to providing excellent care to each of the babies and their families in this large department. She works hard to ensure that each member of the staff feels valued, and has established a strong mentorship



Jill Kinch, MMHC, M.S.N., APN, CPNP-AC/PC, NE-BC
Director for Ambulatory, Acute Care and Perioperative Services

Jill is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in both primary and acute care. She has practiced in the tertiary care setting for more than 19 years. Jill is also board-certified as a Nurse Executive.

Her role includes directing family-centered and developmentally-focused patient care. She has focused on individualized coordination of care for children with an emphasis on creating safe, efficient, and caring protocols for children undergoing anesthesia and sedation. She was named Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year in 2012 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Jill founded the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) in 2012 and was appointed President of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) in 2013. Her work with TNA focuses on improving health care outcomes for Tennessee citizens. This includes advocating for improving access to preventive health care resources. In 2014 she was awarded The Nurse of Distinction for her clinical and community service, by the Tennessee Hospital Association. Additionally, in 2014 she graduated from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management with a Master’s degree in Health Care Management.
Jill is a published author. Her work can be found in the Journal of Anesthesia and Clinical Research (2015). It has been recognized by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and is featured on the Perioperative Surgical Home website.


K. Moss

Kathy Moss, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Director, Nursing and Clinical Support Services

Kathy joined the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at VanderbiltNursing leadership team in January of 2010. She has 25 years of healthcare experience that includes 10 years of clinical nursing practice in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care as well as 15 years of nursing leadership, project management, and consulting experience. In her current position Kathy is responsible for oversight of the Nursing Float Pool, Administrative Coordinators, Respiratory Care, Nursing Special Projects, and Wound Ostomy Nursing. She believes that support of patient and family-centered care as well as knowledge of methods to improve patient quality, satisfaction, and outcomes through evidence-based practices are critical skills for nurse leaders. She is proud to be a part of Vanderbilt Nursing where nurses are encouraged to practice to their fullest potential and are exposed to world-renowned leaders and researchers in a collaborative environment.

B. Schultz

Barbara Shultz, MSN, RN
Administrative Director of Surgical Services

Barbara Shultz came to Vanderbilt in 2005 and has worked in numerous areas of the hospital since her arrival. In her current position, the goal is to work with others across the organization to identify new innovative ways to conduct business in the surgical arena that will improve the patient experience and enhance patient safety and quality. She works with other team members to integrate all aspects of our patients care by focusing on the patients experience across the continuum. Barbara is also very committed to the professional development of others to ensure that we will continue to develop teams that provide excellent patient care, research, and education. She is very committed to professional development to ensure our future. She is currently the co-chair of the Leadership Development Task Force for VUMC.

T. Smith

Michelle Terrell, M.S.N., APN, CPNP-AC/PC
Director of Advanced Practice for Pediatric Acute and Critical Care

Michelle Terrell leads advanced practice nurses (APNs) and physician’s assistants (PA) in the acute and critical care setting, coordinating delivery of high-quality, safe, and efficient care. Michelle is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in both primary and acute care and has practiced in the pediatric critical care setting since 2002 as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Leadership and advanced practice program development have been the focus of her career. Mentoring and growing new nurse practitioners are the heart of her work.

Terrell served as the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) President from July 2012-July 2013. She serves as a member of the APN Committee of the Tennessee Nurses Association. 
She received the 2015 VUMC APN of the Year Award and the Innovative Practice in Nursing Award in 2005.

She has served as the VUMC Advanced Practice Standards Committee Chair since 2009. Her work focuses on ensuring Advanced Practice Provider Practice is in accordance with the rules and regulations governing, including state and institution.