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Dr. Anderson currently serves as a full-time Assistant Professor in the Acute and Tertiary Care Department and teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program as well as providing clinical and laboratory instruction for the BSN and 2nd Degree Accelerated BSN Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Pittsburgh she worked as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner as a night intensivist in the neurotrauma ICU and in the Division of Infectious Disease, both at UPMC Presbyterian. She completed her DNP capstone project entitled “Piloting quantitative pupillometery for routine use after severe traumatic brain injury” in the neurotrauma ICU. An automated pupilometer with a proprietary algorithm for quantitatively describing pupillary response was introduced into routine clinical assessments of patients with severe traumatic brain injury and correlation between the quantified pupillary response data and intracranial pressure (ICP) was measured. The results of the 15-month project showed that though the device was easily integrated into routine care, a correlation between pupillary responses, as measured and quantified by the pupillometer, and ICP was not found.
Dr. Anderson received her BSN (2008) from Francis Marion University and her MSN (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty, 2012) and DNP (2017) from the University of Pittsburgh. She was certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2017.
Dr. Anderson is a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner with over 10 years of clinical experience in critical care medicine with specialized knowledge of neuro-trauma and multiple trauma including traumatic brain and spine injuries. She additionally has clinical experience in infectious disease, in particular with managing patients with complicated and invasive bacterial infections requiring IV antibiotics for an extended period of time.
Dr. Anderson has published and presented in the field of critical care medicine with a focus on traumatic brain injury and is interested in interventions that can improve outcomes for patients with severe neurotrauma. She is also interested in the roles for acute care nurse practitioners in large tertiary care and academic centers and whether ACNPs are able to work to the full extent of their license in a safe and rewarding manner. She has presented on the use of advanced practice providers in an infectious disease setting with inpatient and outpatient management of patients.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Science of Healthcare Delivery – DNP core course
Fundamentals of Clinical Practice - BSN
Foundations of Nursing - BSN
Dr. Anderson is an active member of the School of Nursing’s BSN Council and DNP Council. She has been a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and served on the ICU Design Award Committee and participated in the Nursing Section. She is also an active member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Neurocritical Care Society and the Association of Critical Care Nurses.