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

Assistant Professor


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 utilization of simulation as an effective teaching method. His most recent area of research involves collaboration to integrate high fidelity simulation between various levels of nursing students. 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


Representative Publications

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

American College of Nurse Practitioners Clinical Conference, Toronto, Canada
“Associations of Learned Helplessness and Psychosocial Factors on Depressive Symptoms Following an Acute Myocardial Infarction”, October 3-7, 2012



Paramedic Critical Care Program, Nashville, TN
“Advanced Management of Cardiac Devices”, August 28, 2012; April 9, 2013; July 30, 2013


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