Brigit VanGraafeiland, DNP, CRNP
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.
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and InterestFoster and kinship care, underserved and vulnerable populations, immunizations, asthma, adolescent care, clinical simulation
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.
- Patient safety and quality improvement
- Standardized patients in the advanced practice pediatric curriculum
- Vulnerable populations-foster care
Awards and Honors
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