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Brigit VanGraafeiland, DNP, MS, RN

Assistant Professor
Brigit VanGraafeiland
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Asthma
  • Disparities
  • Pediatrics
  • Safety
  • Simulation


Brigit VanGraafeiland has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 20 years and a nursing educator for the past 14 in undergraduate and graduate programs. She has practiced extensively in both rural and urban primary care settings and currently practices in pediatric urgent care. Dr. VanGraafeiland’s experience and expertise working in vulnerable and underserved populations give her a valuable perspective when teaching. Her scholarship focuses on improving outcomes for children in out of home placement as well as their families. She has also focused on using clinical simulation and standardized patients to enhance the advance practice student’s critical-thinking skills and clinical acumen.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Foronda, C., VanGraafeiland, B., Quon, R., & Davidson, P.M. 2016. "Handover and Transport of Critically Ill Children: An Integrative Review." International Journal of Nursing Studies, 62, p. 207-225. 

    Barbara Speller-Brown, Katherine Patterson Kelly, Brigit VanGraafeiland, Suzanne Feetham, Anne Sill, Deepika Darbari, Emily R. Meier. 2015. "Measuring Transition Readiness: A Correlational Study of Perceptions of Parent and Adolescents and Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease." Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 30, (5), 788-796

    Walrath, J., Immelt, S., Ray, E., VanGraafeiland, B., & Dennison-Himmelfarb, C. 2015. "Preparing Patient Safety Advocates: Evaluation of Nursing Student's Reported Experience With Authority Gradients in a Hospital Setting." Nurse Educator.

    Michael, M., Helm, E., VanGraafeiland, B., Malinoski, F., & Bauman, J. 2009. "Influenza Vaccination with a Live Attenuated Vaccine: The Role of the Pediatric Nurse in Immunization Compliance." American Journal of Nursing, 109(10), 58-63.

    VanGraafeiland, B. 2009. "The Use of Documentation Prompts as an Intervention Strategy for Primary Care Providers Managing Children in Out of Home Placement." Clinical Scholars Review, 2(2), 78-86.

  • Awards/Honors

    2019 Outstanding Advanced Practice Clinical Awards from the Maryland Nurses Association

    2014 Teaching Innovation Award. Fuld Fellows Program, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    August 2014-June 2015: Armstrong Patient Safety Scholar

    January 2015-December 2015: Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Leadership Academy: Discovering Leadership for the Future