Our team

Our team

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

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

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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