Dr. Martha Buckner is an adult health clinical nurse specialist and associate professor of nursing. She did her undergraduate work at Western Kentucky University and holds an MSN from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in educational leadership from Touro University International. From 2009 to 2012 she served as the director of Belmont’s undergraduate nursing program and in 2012 took over the role as chair of the School of Nursing.
Dr. Buckner has a wide range of clinical experiences with adult post-operative and nutrition support patients and has teaching experience in nursing pharmacology, nutrition, and adult health. She completed a dietary supplement research practicum at the NIH in 2008 and was named a fellow in the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program in 2010. She has peer-reviewed publications and presentations in the areas of perioperative nutrition support, substance abuse among students, licensure preparation, and point of care technology. Dr. Buckner’s doctoral research is related to student evaluation and testing. She has served as an item writer for the national nursing licensure exam and is a manuscript reviewer for Computers, Informatics, and Nursing journal.
A personal note from Dr. Buckner. . . . .
Nursing has been the door to many life changing experiences for me. My first job after receiving my BSN was as a staff nurse in medical/surgical, IV therapy, and general and vascular surgical units. During this time, I developed an interest in the nutritional support of acutely ill patients and eventually took a position as a clinical nurse specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on the nutrition support team for several years before getting involved in nursing education.