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Patricia M. Vanhook

Patricia M. Vanhook

Associate Dean
East Tennessee State University


Dr. Patti Vanhook is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Practice and Community Partnerships at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) College of Nursing in Johnson City, Tennessee. She became a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 1994. Dr. Vanhook joined East Tennessee State University College of Nursing as Assistant Professor in August of 2006. In 2008, she became the Director of Practice serving as the College of Nursing leader for five of the nurse-managed clinics and resource for the College of Nursing Federally Qualified Community Health Centers Clinics. Dr. Vanhook assumed the role of Associate Dean for Practice and Community Partnerships in July 2009. In this role she has facilitated the expansion of the nurse-led clinics from five to 14 sites through local, state, and federal grants exceeding $22 million in funding. Under Dr. Vanhook’s leadership, the nurse-led community health center clinics were recognized by the Bureau of Primary Health Care in 2014 as a National Quality Leader for their quality of care outcomes. Dr. Vanhook serves on the National Nursing-Led Nursing Centers Consortium Board, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships Advisory Council, and the Rural Health Association of Tennessee Board. She was recognized as East Tennessee State University Notable Woman for 2016 for her contributions to nurse-led care. She is a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Research Interest

Nursing Education and Leadership