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

Assistant Professor
benjamin.a.smallheer@vanderbilt.edu

 

Current Research /Scholarly/Clinical Activity

Description: https://www.nursing.vanderbilt.edu/graphics/dot.gifAs 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


POSTER PRESENTATION:

13th Annual International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Orlando, F
“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 “Back Up That Case: A New Perspective on the Reverse Case Study”, August 5-6, 2014


PRESENTATION


Paramedic Critical Care Program, Nashville, TN
“Advanced Management of Cardiac Devices”,
April 22, 2014


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


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