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Tanya Huff, M.S.N., RN, CCRN, CCNS, CNE

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

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1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3079
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 828-5151
Email: hufft@vcu.edu


I am the lead faculty and teach Advanced Clinical Assessment in the RN-BS program.  I am the Concentration Coordinator and teach in the Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration in the Master’s program. I also teach clinical simulation courses to interprofessional groups of nursing and medicine students.


The primary focus of my current scholarship is interprofessional education with a focus on simulation use in teaching teamwork, collaboration and communication skills.  As a DNP student, my area of focus is using simulation as an educational tool.


I am an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), National League for Nursing (NLN), and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  I serve as the Faculty Counselor for our local Sigma Theta Tau Chapter.  I also serve on the VCU Honors Program Council and the School of Nursing Clinical Education Council.


  • B.S.N. - University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • M.S.N. - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Adult Critical Care CNS


  • Nurse Educator of the Year, Greater Richmond Chapter of AACN 2009
  • Mabel E. Montgomery Award, VCU School of Nursing 2007


  • 2010-2012: Montpetit, A.J., Adams, C., Roberson, A., Huff, T.A., & Elswick, R.K. Airway and Secretion Clearance Therapies in Critical Care. Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Omega Chapter Nurse Researcher/Nurse Clinician Partnership Grant, $2,000.
  • 2006: Zavertnik, J.E. & Huff, T.A. Small Grant Project. Virginia Commonwealth University, Center for Teaching Excellence Small Grant Project, $2500.


  • Lockeman, K.S., Appelbaum, N.P., Dow, A.W., Orr, S., Huff, T.A., Hogan, C.J., & Queen, B.A. (2017). The effect of an interprofessional simulation-based education program on perceptions and stereotypes of nursing and medical students: A quasi-experimental study. Nurse Education Today, 58, 32-37.
  • November 2016: Huff, T.A. & Orr, S. (2016). Poster presentation title: “Changes in Perceptions and Stereotypes Among Nursing and Medical Students After Participating in Interprofessional Simulation-Based Education.” AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference. Anaheim, CA. 
  • November 2016: Appelbaum, N.P., Dow, A., Lockeman, K., Orr, S., Huff, T.A., Hogan, C., & Queen, B. (2016). Poster presentation title: “Improving attitudes and reducing perceptions of provider stereotypes amongst medical and nursing students through interprofessional education.” AAMC Research in Medical Education. Seattle, WA. 
  • August 2016:Dow, A., Lynch, C., Cyrus, J., Huff, T.A. Interprofessional Education as Organizational Change. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield; Aug 2016;Interprofessional Education and Medical Libraries. 51-68.
  • March 2016: Huff, T.A. and Orr, M.L. (2016). Poster presentation title: “Using an Interprofessional High-Fidelity Simulation Education Program to Increase Patient Safety.” AACN Odyssey Conference on Critical Care. Richmond, VA. 
  • April 2015: Building a Successful Interprofessional High-Fidelity Simulation Education Program.  Podium Presentation at Interprofessional Healthcare Summit.  Savannah, GA.
  • April 2015: Poster presentation title:  “Building a Successful Interprofessional High Fidelity Simulation Education Program.”  Third Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium.  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
  • September 2014: Poster presentation title:   “Using Critical Care Simulations to Enhance Interprofessional Collaboration.” National League for Nursing 2014 Education Summit. Phoenix, AZ.
  • June 2014: Dow, A., Lockeman, K., Boling, P., Lanning, S. & Huff, T. A. A Campuswide Approach to Structuring Interprofessional Education. All Together Better Health, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • June 2014: Huff, T. A., Orr, M. L., Dow, A. Using Critical Care Simulations to Enhance Interprofessional Collaboration. All Together Better Health, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • April 2014: Orr, M. L. & Huff, T. A. Outstretched Hands: Using Critical Care Simulations as a Unifying Force to Enhance Interprofessional Team Collaboration. Greater Richmond Chapter of American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Richmond, VA.
  • March 2014: Munoz, R., Smith-Peard, A., & Huff, T. A. Translating Evidence into Practice: Benchmarking Care of the Heart Failure Patients in the Emergency Department. National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • February 2014: Orr, M. L., Huff, T. A., & Dow, A. Using Critical Care Simulations to Enhance Interprofessional Collaboration. Second Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
  • November 2013: Orr, M. L., Huff, T. A., & Dow, A. Using Critical Care Simulations to Enhance Interprofessional Collaboration. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • June 2013: Zavertnik, J. E., Huff, T. A., & Dow, A. Using Critical Care Simulations to Enhance Nursing-Medicine Collaboration. Collaborating Across Borders IV, Vancouver, BC.
  • March 2013: Huff, T. A, Zavertnik, J. E., & Orr, M. L. Using Critical Care Simulations to Enhance Nursing - Medicine Collaboration. First Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium, Richmond, VA.
  • January 2013: Montpetit, A. J., & Huff, T. A. Building Partnerships between Nurse Clinicians and Scientists: Bringing Research to the Bedside. Research Council Meeting, Chippenham, Johnston-Willis Medical Center, Richmond, VA.
  • November 2012: Huff, T. A., Zavertnik, J.E., & Dow, A. Using critical care simulations to enhance nursing-medicine collaboration. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
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