Our team

Our team

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

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems


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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