VCU School of Nursing Welcomes New Faculty
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing recently welcomed several new faculty members, bringing a diverse mix of teaching, clinical and research interests that range from quality and safety in rural health care to wellness for low-income seniors. New faculty members include:
Marianne Baernholdt, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN, is a professor and director of the Nancy F. Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation beginning Friday, Aug. 1. She most recently served as associate professor and director of the Rural and Global Health Care Center at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Her research has focused on quality and safety in rural health care. Baernholdt earned a nursing diploma from Bispebjerg School of Nursing in Copenhagen, Denmark, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Pace University School of Nursing, a master’s degree with a double major focusing on international health and clinical nurse specialist critical care from Columbia University School of Public Health, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Baernholdt was also a post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing. She has published numerous journal articles and has presented her research findings at more than 30 conferences nationally and internationally.
Pamela Biernacki, D.N.P., RN, FNP-BC, is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Health. Biernacki most recently served as an adjunct clinical instructor in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Duke University and has previously taught pre-licensure students and served as program chair at a community college. She maintains her clinical practice at a family practice in Williamsburg. Biernacki earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in nursing (family nurse practitioner) from Old Dominion University, and a post-master’s certificate in nursing education and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Duke University.
Holly Buchanan, D.N.P., M.S., RN, ANP-BC (B.S. ’02/N, M.S. ‘04/N), is an assistant professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems. Buchanan most recently served as a teaching assistant at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She has clinical experience as a nurse practitioner at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and at Mid Atlantic Dermatology, both in Norfolk. Buchanan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Richmond, a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the VCU School of Nursing, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Virginia.
Rachel Cloutier, M.S., ACNP-BC (B.S. ‘10/N, M.S. ‘11/N), is a clinical instructor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems beginning. Cloutier most recently served as an acute care nurse practitioner at the Virginia Cancer Institute. Cloutier earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Boston University and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from VCU. She was the recipient of the 2011 VCU School of Nursing Master’s Student Temple Award.
Sean Convoy, D.N.P., M.S.N., P-MHNP-BC, CDR, NC, USN, Retired, is an associate professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems. He most recently served as an adjunct faculty member and assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Convoy is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and serves as the chair of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Task Force on Military Mental Health. His areas of research include challenges associated with military mental health stigma and developing military cultural competence. Convoy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Elon College, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Norfolk State University, both a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing and a post master’s nurse practitioner certificate from the University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University.
Kimberly Davis, M.S., RN, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing. Davis most recently served as adjunct faculty for SON for the past two years in four different undergraduate courses. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Anselm College and a master’s degree in the nurse educator track at the VCU School of Nursing.
Pam Parsons, GNP (M.S. ‘83/N; Cert. ‘92/GNP; Ph.D. ‘04/N) is a clinical associate professor and director of practice and community engagement in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing. Parsons most served as an assistant professor in the School of Medicine and an affiliate faculty member in the School of Nursing. She is the project director of the HRSA Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-funded Richmond Health and Wellness Program for Older Adults, an interprofessional community based program targeting low-income seniors. Parsons earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Old Dominion University, and her master’s in nursing, gerontological nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate and Ph.D. in nursing from the VCU School of Nursing.