Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine,
Public Health and Medical Nurse Practitioner
Jill R. Nelson joined the Palliative Care Program at Vanderbilt University in 2007. She is an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in palliative care and is credentialed with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her bachelor’s degree of science in nursing from the University of Tennessee, and her master’s degree of science in nursing from Vanderbilt University. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, Jill worked as a registered nurse on the pulmonary unit at Saint Thomas Hospital and developed a love for working with patients and families facing a terminal diagnosis.
Jill is also an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and lectures on palliative care to graduate students in the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt. In addition, she is a clinical preceptor for Vanderbilt nurse practitioner students and provides palliative care education for nurse residents. Jill was the second author for a chapter in Palliative Practices from A-Z for the Bedside Clinician, 2nd Edition, which was published in 2008.