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Brigit VanGraafeiland, DNP, CRNP, CNE

Associate Professor
Associate Director of DNP Executive Track
Brigit VanGraafeiland
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Asthma
  • Disparities
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Care
  • Safety
  • Simulation
  • Vulnerable Populations


Brigit VanGraafeiland has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 30 years and a nursing educator for over 20 years in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. She is the associate director for the DNP Executive program. She has practiced extensively in both rural and urban primary care settings and currently practices in a clinic in Eastern Baltimore. Dr. VanGraafeiland’s experience and expertise working with vulnerable and underserved populations give her a valuable perspective when teaching. Her scholarship focuses on improving outcomes for children in foster care, screening for Acute Children Experiences (ACEs) in primary care, child maltreatment, and screening for human trafficking. She has also focused on using clinical simulation and standardized patients to enhance the advanced practice student’s critical-thinking skills and clinical acumen.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Wright R., Lee YJ, Yoo A., McIltrot K., VanGraafeiland B., Abshire-Saylor M., Taylor J., & Han HR. (2022). Doctor of nursing practice project: Key challenges and possible solutions. Journal of Professional Nursing, 41, 53-57.

    VanGraafeiland B., Chiocca E., Perks D., Dietzman H., & Hornor G. (2022). Overview of child sex trafficking in the primary care setting. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 18, 285-288.

    VanGraafeiland B., Busch D., Mudd S., McIltrot K., Brown K., Abshire M., Silbert-Flagg J., & Sloand, B. (2022). A mock telephone triage experience for nurse practitioner students. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 18, 320-323.

    VanGraafeiland, B., Hornor, G., Herendeen, P., Chiocca E., Loyke J., Dietzman H., Boucher N., Nielsen A., & Record, S. (2022). Utilizing Positive Parenting to Eliminate Corporal Punishment Position Statement. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26, 202-204.

    Bryant, C. and VanGraafeiland B. (2020). Screening for adverse childhood experiences in primary care: A quality improvement project. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34, (2), 122-127.

    Horner, G., Garcia-Quinones, S., Boudreaux D., Bretl, D., Chapman E., Chiocca E., Donnell, C., Herendeen P., Kahn, D., Loyke J., Morris A., Mulvaney B., Perks D., Terreros A., & VanGraafeiland, B. (2020). Building a safe and healthy America: Eliminating corporal punishment via positive parenting. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34, (2), 136-144.

    VanGraafeiland, B., Sloand E., Silber-Flagg J., Gleason K., and Dennison-Himmelfarb C., (2019). Academic partnerships that advance patient safety skills and competence in nursing students. Nursing Outlook, 67, (1), 49-53.

  • Awards/Honors

    2022   Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

    2021   Child Maltreatment and Neglect Special Interest Group NAPNAP Conference Award, National Association Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

    2020   Health Care Heroes Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Daily Record

    2019   Outstanding Advanced Practice Clinical Awards from the Maryland Nurses Association

    2018   Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

    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