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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
  • Safety
  • Simulation


Brigit VanGraafeiland has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 30 years and a nursing educator for 20 years in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. She has practiced extensively in both rural and urban primary care settings and currently practices in pediatric urgent care 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, 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. She is the current director of the Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the advancement of patient safety.

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    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.

    Byrd, S. and VanGraafeiland B. (2019). Education intervention for primary care providers on sudden sensorineural hearing loss guidelines. Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nursing, 37, (3), 6-12.

    Abate, B. and VanGraafeiland, B. (2019). Improving education and communication in an assisted living facility to reduce avoidable emergency department transfers: A quality improvement project. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45, (5), 23-29.

    Sloand, E., VanGraafeiland, B., Holm, A., MacQueen, A., and Polk, S. (2019). Text message quality improvement project for influenza vaccine in a low-resource largely Latino pediatric population. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 1-7.

  • Awards/Honors

    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