Post-MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner), Belmont University, Nashville, TN
MSN (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
BSN (Nursing), Murray State University, Murray, KY
Tracy joined the Belmont faculty as full-time adjunct instructor in the fall 2013. She teaches in the clinical settings in undergraduate Fundamentals of Nursing and Adult Health Nursing. She also currently instructs in Aging Adult and Senior Practicum courses.
Tracy’s practice experience is mostly in the adult critical/acute care setting. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Hospital caring for a variety of post-cardiac surgery, transplant, and critically ill patients. Caring for these acutely ill patients motivated her to advance her nursing education. While continuing to work as a cardiac nurse, Tracy completed a Master’s degree in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University. Upon graduation, she decided to challenge herself and learn a new specialty. She began her practice as a nurse practitioner in an in-patient Hematology/Oncology setting at Vanderbilt University Hospital, where she continues to practice part-time in this role.
Tracy also has a passion for medical mission work, which inspired her to obtain her Post-MSN certification in Family Practice from Belmont University to better prepare her for continued work in that field.
A personal note from Tracy. . . . .
I am so blessed to be able to share my passion for learning and nursing with students. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be in the medical profession, and I originally thought I would be a physician. However, God had different plans for me. In college, I was encouraged by a close friend to apply to the nursing program, and now I cannot imagine a better fit for me.
My work as a nurse, and now nurse practitioner, at Vanderbilt has given me great experience and perspective of the impact and impression we as nurses can have on a patient’s overall health and well-being. My experience with oncology patients has instilled in me the importance of approaching the patient holistically, and involvement with medical mission work has opened my eyes to the powerful impact nurses can have. I carry these values with me into my practice and teaching, and believe we are presented with an abundance of nursing “mission opportunities” each and every time we interact with a patient, whether in our daily practice or abroad. I am very excited to be a part of this wonderful Belmont team and to share my enthusiasm for nursing with our students!
Outside of my professional work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, travelling, being outdoors, and cooking.