Vanderbilt University Medical Center Director, Nursing Research in Nashville, Tennessee

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

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The Director of Nursing Research will facilitate nursing research and scholarly activities within Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). The Director will also promote and integrate nursing research as an essential component of professional nursing practice, including clinical and administration. In addition to being a champion for Research and imbedding nursing research in all areas of the medical center, the Director will hold a faculty position within the School of Nursing.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides leadership and direction in the development and implementation of nursing research.

  • Leads and directs initiatives that integrate nursing research into nursing practice through mentoring others in research and scholarly activities.

  • Develops methods of scientific inquiry, analytical and empirical, to enhance nursing knowledge and patient outcomes.

  • Leads efforts to acquire the necessary funding for research from private or public sector sources as applicable.

  • Develops grant proposals for initiatives to support the development of nursing research.

  • Guides the evaluation of research findings in collaboration with the Nursing Research Committee to develop evidence-based nursing practice guidelines.

  • Disseminates research findings to the scientific community through journals and professional conferences.

  • Develops measurement plans to evaluate the achievement of strategies designed to enhance evidence-based practice.

  • Identifies opportunities and facilitates the processes for external presentations (posters and podium) and publications.

  • Leads the development of educational activities for the nursing staff and leaders that relate to the research process and integration of evidence into practice.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of institutional and departmental expectations regarding evidence-based practice competency of nursing personnel.

  • Leads in the design and development of innovative educational programs to meet the professional learning needs of all levels of nurses within the organization


  • Nursing degree (Required) - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  • Doctorate in nursing (Required)

  • 5 years’ experience (Required)

  • Registered Nurse (Required)

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center at ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

  • Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.

  • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"

  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

  • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee

  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

  • American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US

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We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.

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  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

  • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

  • Occasional: Radiation: May be exposed to occupational radiation, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Radiation Safety Program which includes training, use of personal protective equipment with lead shielding, and personal dose monitoring.

  • Occasional: Climate: Ability to withstand exposure to atmospheric extremes including heat, cold, humidity, and barometric pressure changes.




Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and adheres to the parameters of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended, we will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage both prospective and current employees to discuss potential reasonable accommodations with us.

Job Nurse Management/Administration

Organization: Nursing Admin 201055

Title: Director, Nursing Research

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)

Requisition ID: 1802905

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.