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Dana Burns, DNP, FNP- BC

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Health Nursing

Phone: (804) 955-9083
Email: dburns@vcu.edu


I am passionate about working with our students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. My teaching spans the graduate curriculum: Foundational Perspectives of Family-Centered Care, Diagnosis and Management in Family Practice I & II, Family Primary Care Practicum I &II, and Primary Care of Select Populations. As a practicing FNP and clinical faculty, I strive to create an exciting, engaging, innovative learning environment in the classroom and clinical settings.


My research and expertise is in resilience and mindfulness in the clinical and academic environments. I am investigating the impact of mindfulness practices on resilience in an effort to improve student success, patient outcomes, and clinician well-being. My scholarly background in Caring Science provides a theoretical foundation for my research focus and clinical work. 


I am an active member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners Richmond Region (VCNP), Sigma Theta Tau (Counsellor for the Gamma Omega Chapter), and volunteer as a FNP at The Center for Healthy Hearts providing primary care for Richmond’s vulnerable uninsured population.


  • BSN- University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
  • MSN - Columbia University, NY, NY
  • Post Master FNP- Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • DNP - Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL


  • Sigma Theta Tau 2019 Excellence in Nursing Practice Award
  • Clinical Teaching Facilitator/Medical Clinical Trainer- Stanford University 2019


  • Burns, D. (2017-2018). UVA Health Blog-- Primary Care Contributor
  • Rew, L., Tyler, D., Fredland, N. & Hannah, D. (2012). Adolescents’ Concerns as They Transition through High School. Advances in Nursing Science, 35(3), 205-221.
  • Rew, L., Connor, P., & Hannah, D. (2012). Changes in Stress and Coping During Late Childhood and Preadolescence. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 25, 130-140.


  • Burns, D. (2018) Leveraging the Agile Construct to Innovate Interprofessional Education. Emswiller Symposium, Richmond, Virginia.
  • Burns, D. (2015-2018). Healthy Diet and Healthy Living, UVA Lake Monticello Primary Care
  • Hannah, D. (2017). Keeping our Families Healthy and Happy, UVA Primary Care
  • Hannah, D. (2010). The Caring Families Program, American Holistic Nurses Association National Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Hannah, D. (2010). The Caring Families Program, Florida Nursing Research Consortium, Miami, Florida
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