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Steven Busby, PhD, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Current Research/Scholarly/Clinical Activity

Dr. Busby has been involved in healthcare delivery for over 27 years. He has worked as an EMT/paramedic, ICU/ER nurse, a hospital nursing educator, and a university faculty member. He has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 14 years and has worked in a private rural practice and in an ER. He comes to Vanderbilt from the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he was the Director of the Nurse Practitioner Programs and served as the Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Dr. Busby's primary teaching responsibilities are in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, where he co-teaches courses including Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Health Assessment as well as teaching specialty courses such as 12 lead EKG. He is one of less than 10 nurses in the country to have earned PhD in nursing with a Homeland Security Nursing Specialty. As part of his doctoral studies he worked with members of the United States Space and Rocket Center's Geo-Spatial Lab and the Alabama Department of Homeland Security on a first-of-its-kind in the nation, state-wide situational awareness program. He has consulted with a Huntsville-based engineering firm working on a Department of Defense combat casualty care program. His original research and newly developed theory on Situational Awareness in Multi-Casualty Incidents is published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. He has also served as a member of a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) from Alabama. Dr. Busby has made many local, regional and national presentations.


Current Projects

The usefulness of the newly developed Busby Theory of Situational Awareness in Multi-Casualty Incidents.


Representative Publications

Gross, B., Anderson, F., Busby, S., Frith, K., Using Culturally-Sensitive Education to Improve Adherence with Anti-Hypertensive Regimen, Journal of Cultural Diversity, (in press).

Busby, S., Essay: When Heroes are Human, Tabula Rasa, Vanderbilt School of Medicine's Journal of Medical Humanities (March 2012)

Busby, S., Witucki-Brown, J., Theory of Situational Awareness in Multi-Casualty Incidents, Journal of Emergency Nursing, (2011) 37(5), pg.444-452

Busby, S., Speraw, S. & Young, How Nursing Intersects with Disaster Planning. Journal of Christian Nursing. Peer-reviewed journal. (2008) 25 (4), pg. 213-218


Professional Organizations

Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Chapter<./br> American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) - Dr. Busby won the 2011 National Professional Role video contest for the AAMN which can be viewed at AAMNutube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozwjt9kvYJU)