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James Mark Tanner, DNP, M.N.Sc., B.S.N

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

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1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3027
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Email: tannerjm2@vcu.edu


My clinical background is in adult critical care and my graduate work focused on nursing education. I enjoy blending the clinical skills and reasoning that I developed in my clinical practice with the educational and learning theories that I have learned to help students be successful in the classroom as well as in their practice. I teach primarily in the undergraduate program where I teach Nursing of Adults II didactic and clinical. 


I have focused mostly on educational interventions in my scholarship. Some examples of my work include integrating a gross anatomy lab into undergraduate pathophysiology education, developing interprofessional simulations, and integrating simulation into the curriculum to build clinical competence.


I have been involved heavily in University and College/School service in my career. I have served on the curriculum committee at both of my previous institutions and have been heavily involved in curriculum design and implementation. I have also served on University interprofessional implementation committees and served in various administrative roles in previous programs. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. 


  • B.S., Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • B.S.N., The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
  • M.N.Sc., The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
    Nursing Science
  • DNP, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
    Nursing Practice


  • The George Washington University School of Nursing Excellence in Undergraduate Student Mentoring Award 2020
  • Named to Arkansas Great 100 Nurses 2018
  • Named to Arkansas Action Coalition 40 Under 40 Nurse Leaders 2017
  • Finalist Arkansas Nursing Educator of the Year 2016


  • Matthews, E.E., Tanner, J.M., & Dumont, N.A. (2016). Sleep disturbances in acutely ill patients with cancer. Critical Care Nursing Clinics.

Book Chapters

  • Conelius, J. (In Press). Structure and Function of the Cardiovascular System In Grossman, S. & Porth, C.M (Eds.), Porth’s Pathophysiology Concepts of Altered Health States. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 


Refereed International Poster Presentations

  • Phelan, K.D., Tanner, J.M., Snead, G.R., Whited, T., and Carithers, C. Development and Piloting of an Interprofessional Education Case-Based Module for Clinical Procedure Training of Healthcare Profession Students; IAMSE Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV

  • Phelan, K.D. & Tanner, J.M. A Cadaver Based Laboratory Experience Designed to Reinforce Nursing Student Knowledge of Anatomy; IAMSE Annual Conference Leiden, Netherlands           

Refereed National Poster Presentations

  • Tanner, J.M. & Davis, A.S. Effects of Learning Community Implementation on Student Performance and Attrition; American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, Atlanta, GA


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