AANP President Elect


Dr. April Kapu is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Advanced Practice Nursing, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She leads as a Nursing Executive in her role for the health system, establishing innovative, high quality, and value driven healthcare services. Dr. Kapu is the Director for the VUMC Office of Advanced Practice, providing resources and professional practice support for over 1300 advanced practice nurses. Dr. Kapu represents Vanderbilt advanced practice nursing nationally through consultation, publications, presentations and hosted events. She is a Professor of Clinical Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Associate Professor of Critical Care, Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Kapu has presented many national conferences and has authored chapters in advanced practice nursing textbooks and published manuscripts in journals such as JONA, Nurse Leader, Critical Care Nurse, The Journal of Trauma, Nursing Management and others. She holds several professional roles including: Fellow for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Fellow for the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Kapu served as Region 4 Director for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is currently the President-Elect. She is an active member of the Tennessee Nurses Association and has served as past chair for the TN Government Affairs Committee and TN APRN Committee. Dr. Kapu has been awarded VUMC “Transformational Nurse Leader of the Year” and Tennessee Hospital Association’s “Nurse of Clinical Distinction”. Dr. Kapu was recently appointed by the Tennessee Governor for a special commission focused on pain and addiction treatment education and now serves as board member for One Tennessee, a healthcare collaborative for reduction of opioid misuse in Tennessee. Dr. Kapu holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

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