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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 Center for Nursing Practice

Center for Nursing Practice

Contact: Virginia Fowler, Coordinator for Center for Nursing Practice



  • Established in 2015, the Center for Nursing Practice serves to promote healthy communities in Tennessee through supporting activities that improve access to nursing care.
  • Nurse-managed clinics and nurse-led care are key to health in this state as they address a critical challenge seen across Tennessee every day: lack of access to quality, affordable care.
  • In order to ensure nurses provide the best care, the center will work to advance nursing education, practice, and research across the state, including expanding knowledge of community partnerships, continuing education, telehealth, and nurse-managed clinics.

Leadership & Funding

  • The College of Nursing established the Center for Nursing Practice in September 2015 through a generous private donation.
  • Nan Gaylord, a professor of nursing at UT, serves as the center’s director. She is also the director of the Vine School Health Clinic.
  • Virginia Fowler, BA, MPA, serves as the coordinator for the Center for Nursing Practice.
  • The center seeks to increase and sustain funding to expand the outreach of nursing to improve health in Tennessee.

2015-2016 Activities

  • In order to understand the landscape and opportunities to expand nurse-managed clinics across the state, center administrators completed a care gap analysis.
  • The center shared the research findings from the analysis at a nurse-managed clinics conference for practitioners in Tennessee and the Southeast.
  • The center will also host a consortium for nurses to provide a forum for discussion and generation of best practices and research related to advancing nursing care and nurse-managed health clinics. Topics may include telehealth, fiscal responsibility, human resource issues, health policy, credentialing, and billing insurance.

Looking Forward, the Center Will:

  • Advance nursing knowledge through continuing education, recognizing that rapid changes in health care amplify the need for lifelong learning.
  • Identify and implement educational programs for ongoing support of nurse-managed clinics in the region.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate a telehealth educational program for nurses, which will highlight the capabilities of telehealth equipment and include demonstrations by expert clinicians.
  • Reach out to known nursing centers outside the US to assess educational needs and opportunities for collaboration.

Thank you for making the 2016 conference a success. Check back in May of for information about the 2017 conference.

CNP Conference 2016

Collaboration for Nurse-led Clinics and Care:

Success and Challenges

Thursday, July 28, 2016

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Nelson Andrews Leadership Center

Nashville, TN


For more information on the 2016 speakers, program objectives, and schedule, download our Conference Brochure (PDF).

Please contact Virginia Fowler,, if you have any questions about the conference.

CNP Consortium

More information coming soon!

Please contact Virginia Fowler if you are interested in being part of the the Center for Nursing Practice Consortium.


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