Faculty Sketch

Benjamin Smallheer, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CNE

Assistant Professor
benjamin.a.smallheer@vanderbilt.edu

 

Current Research /Scholarly/Clinical Activity

As a member of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty since 2006, Dr. Smallheer's current area of scholarly activity involves the integration of simulation as an effective teaching method. His most recent area of research involves collaboration to high fidelity simulation between various levels of nursing students and into the didactic setting. Dr. Smallheer remains active in clinical practice as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care. Community involvement includes serving as a former Board of Director for an HIV/AIDS orphanage is Durban, South Africa, numerous medical mission trips, and serving as an active member of on the Advisory Board for a homeless women’s maternity shelter.

 

Current Projects

  • Developing and Managing an Integrated Simulation Within and Between Various Levels of Nursing Student Education
  • Video Recorded Versus Instructor Proctored Evaluation for Student Check-offs
  • Integration of Simulation into the Classroom

 

Representative Publications

DISSERTATION
Smallheer, B.  (2011). Learned Helplessness and Depressive Symptoms in Patients Following Acute Myocardial Infarctions, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

 

PUBLICATIONS
Smallheer, B. (2013). Bee and wasp stings: reactions and anaphylaxis. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 25(2), 151-64.

Smallheer, B. (2015). Technology and monitoring patients at the bedside. Nursing Clinics of North America, 50(2), 257-268.

Ardisson, M., Smallheer, B., Moore, G., & Christenbery, T. (2015). Meta-evaluation: experiences in an accelerated graduate nurse education program. Journal of Professional Nursing. (in print.).

Smallheer, B. (2016). Reverse case study: a new perspective on an existing teaching strategy. Nurse Educator. (in print.).

 

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

13th Annual UNOS Transplant Management Forum, Memphis, TN

  • poster presentation- “The Effects of Duration of Dialysis Support and Kidney Transplantation on Physical and Mental Quality of Life”, April 11-13, 2005

8th Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Memphis, TN

  • poster presentation- “On the Structure of Appraisal”, January 25-27, 2007

38th Annual Conference for National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, Charleston, SC

  • poster presentation- “Learned Helplessness and Depressive Symptoms in Patients Following Acute Myocardial Infarction”, April 12-15, 2012

National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, FL

  • poster presentation- “Learned Helplessness and Depressive Symptoms in Patients Following Acute Myocardial Infarction”, May 19-24, 2012

American College of Nurse Practitioners Clinical Conference, Toronto, Canada

  • poster presentation- “Associations of Learned Helplessness and Psychosocial Factors on Depressive Symptoms Following an Acute Myocardial Infarction”, October 3-7, 2012

13th Annual International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Orlando, FL

  • poster presentation- “Developing and Managing an Integrated Simulation Within and Between Various Levels of Nursing Student Education”, June 19-21, 2014

2014 Improvement Science Summit on Research Methods Theme: Building Evidence to Impact Outcomes, San Antonio, TX

  • poster presentation- “Back Up That Case: A New Perspective on the Reverse Case Study”, August 5-6, 2014

14th Annual International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Atlanta, GA

  • poster presentation- “Video Recorded Versus Instructor Proctored Evaluation For Skills Check-offs: A Second Pilot Study”, June 10-13, 2015

PRESENTATIONS

Regional

International Health Care 2005, Bowling Green, KY

  • guest lecture to Western Kentucky University School of Nursing

26th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, New Orleans, LA

  • “Helplessness and Depression in Patients Following Acute Myocardial Infarction”, February 22-25, 2012

Usher In a New Era of Professionals: How to Become a Clinical Instructor for Nursing Students, Nashville, TN

  • “Organizational Skills for the Clinical Instructor”, June 29, 2012

Paramedic Critical Care Program, Nashville, TN

  • Advanced Management of Cardiac Devices, August 28, 2012; April 9, 2013; July 30, 2013; April 22, 2014

National

American Association of Colleges of Nursing: Baccalaureate Education Conference, Baltimore, MD

  • “Developing and Managing an Integrated Simulation between Various Levels of Nursing Student Education”, November 20-22, 2014
  • “Back Up That Case: A New Perspective on the Reverse Case Study”, November 20-22, 2014

Turning Technologies User Conference, New Orleans, LA

  • “Bringing an Interactive Simulation Experience into the Classroom Setting”, March 30-32, 2015

International

Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN

  • “Implementing and Managing Integrated Simulation Within and Between Various Levels of Nursing Student Education”, November 16-20, 2013
  • “Integrating Simulation Within and Between Various Levels of Nursing Student Education”, November 16-20, 2013

13th Annual International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Orlando, FL

  • “Video Recorded versus Instructor Proctored Evaluation for Student Check-offs”, June 19-21, 2014

14th Annual International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Atlanta, GA

  • “Bringing an Interactive Simulation Experience into the Classroom Setting”, June 10-13, 2015
  • “Back That Case Up: Utilizing Reverse Case Study Interactive Design in the Classroom Setting”, June 10-13, 2015

Professional Organizations

  • 2004-present                        Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2005-present                        American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • 2010-present                        Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses
  • 2011-present                        National League for Nursing                                                                                 
  • 2011-present                        National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty