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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 more than 30 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 17 years and has worked in a private rural practice, in an ER and currently works in a faith-based clinic for the uninsured.  He came to Vanderbilt in 2010 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 and Pharmacology 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 a 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 provided consulting services for a Huntsville-based engineering firm working on a Department of Defense combat casualty care program.  His original research involved the development of a new theory. The article discussing The Busby Theory of 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

  • Busby, S. (2015). Insider Insights: Grounded Theory Research. In Corbin, J., Strauss, A, Basics of Qualitative Research, Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications (pp. 81-84).
  • Busby, S., Essay: Father Time, Tabula Rasa, Vanderbilt School of Medicine’s Journal of Medical Humanities (March 2013)
  • Gross, B., Anderson, F., Busby, S., Frith, K., Using Culturally-Sensitive Education to Improve Adherence with Anti-Hypertensive Regimen, Journal of Cultural Diversity, (2013) 20(2), pg. 75-79
  • 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

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