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Dr. BJ Hutchins

BJ HutchinsDNP (Gerontology focus), University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN
MSN (Nursing; Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
ADN (Nursing), Fairmont State College, Fairmont, WV
Certifications: Adult Nurse Practitioner/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner through ANCC

Dr. Hutchins joined the Belmont faculty as an Assistant Professor of Nursing in January 2012. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her responsibilities include geriatric content in both programs, as well as being actively engaged in doctoral student project development.

Dr. Hutchins’ practice experience is in adult and geriatric medicine in primary care, outpatient, and long-term care settings. She has been an active nurse practitioner for over 25 years, starting the first NP position in the Hermitage area. She is an international speaker on frailty in the older adult, as well as obstructive sleep apnea. Her research interests include developing interventions to address frailty, obstructive sleep apnea, and medication implications for fall risk in the older adult. She currently is funded to study the efficacy of curriculum changes to promote the development of empathy and the delivery of compassionate care to the older adult.

A personal note from Dr. Hutchins. . . . .

I have wanted to be a nurse from the time I was three years old. It has been an opportunity to be academically challenged, while being involved in the ministry of care. I have loved every aspect of nursing in which I have been involved, with the best being here at Belmont. This environment encourages both the faculty and students to flourish in their roles as the Body of Christ, reaching out to the world at large with healing and the compassion of God. I am committed to the preparation of our next generation of nurses, who will continue the work we have started.

I am drawn to the older adult.  Nurses are the innovators who can play pivotal roles in the development of interventions for this growing population, this population with such diverse needs. To provide competent, compassionate care to the older adult is my ministry in life.

At home, I am the wife to wonderful Will, and the foster doggie-mom to our miniature beagles, Lucy, Daisy, Abner, and Linus. I am working on my first novel, am putting together a collection of poetry, and trying to learn Japanese.

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School of Nursing |  Phone: 615-460-6139
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