Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Acute Care

Program Information

Meet the Program Director

Sheree AllenSheree Haselton Allen, DNP, APN, CPNP-PC/AC


Sheree Haselton Allen is the Director for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care program. Sheree received her undergraduate degree in 1977 from the University of Tennessee. Her 36 years as an RN have been spent in the care of critically ill adults and children as well as nursing management and administration. She received her CCRN in pediatrics in 1994 and received the Morton Samuels Award for Nursing Excellence in 1996.


Sheree returned to the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and earned an MSN in 2003 with a specialty in pediatrics. She is currently board certified in both primary and acute care pediatrics. She is a member of the Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. She has been employed by the Monroe Carrell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt since 1998. Sheree has been a nurse practitioner with the Division of Pediatric Critical Care and Anesthesia since 2004 and maintains her practice there with the Pediatric Sedation service. She holds membership in NAPNAP, AAP and SCCM.


Faculty Who Practice

Faculty in the primary care and acute care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs at Vanderbilt School of Nursing are experienced educators and clinicians. All of the faculty hold joint teaching and active clinical practice positions. Their up-to-date, evidenced-based practices provide rich “real-world” experiences for the classroom.


Modified Class Schedule for Nurses

The PNP acute care specialty program is taught in a modified learning (block) format that includes: (1) courses offered in concentrated blocks of time on campus, including weekends, up to four times per semester, (2) on-line conferencing and (3) distributed course delivery methods which allow for continued faculty contact between sessions.

The modified learning format provides flexibility for working nurses. Students need not relocate or give up their employment while completing their MSN at Vanderbilt. You will access weekly lectures from a remote site through:

  • Live video-streamed lectures broadcast over the Vanderbilt School of Nursing website at the specified class time, and/or
  • Archived video-streamed lectures available for one week after the live lecture.

In addition, students are required to attend courses in concentrated blocks of time on campus, up to four times per semester over an extended weekend of approximately five days. Due to State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request.


Pediatric Nurse Practitioners with an MSN

Students who are interested in the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track as a post-master’s certificate (with prior background in pediatrics) may complete the program in 2 part-time semesters. Students will enter the program in the spring semester and finish in the summer semester. The specialty curriculum will be held in the blocked format already described with 3 one-week visits to campus in the spring, and 2 one-week visits in the summer. Clinical will be conducted at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital or arranged in the student’s home area.