Dr. Kapu is president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). She is a certified acute care NP who holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Over the past few years, Kapu has served as associate chief nursing officer for advanced practice nursing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee. As a nursing executive for the health system, she worked to establish innovative, high-quality, value-driven health care services and provide resources and professional practice support for more than 1,400 advanced practice nurses. She is a professor of clinical nursing and recently was appointed Associate Dean for Community and Clinical Partnerships for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Kapu has presented at numerous national conferences, has authored chapters in advanced practice nursing textbooks and has published manuscripts in a wide variety of peer reviewed nursing, administrative and medical journals.

An AANP Fellow, Kapu served on the AANP Board of Directors as region director for five years before beginning her term as president-elect. In addition, she is a Fellow for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a Fellow for the American Academy of Nursing. Kapu is an active member of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA), served as chair for the TNA Government Affairs and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Committees and represented NPs on the Tennessee governor’s special commission focused on pain and addiction treatment education. Kapu has been awarded VUMC’s Transformational Nurse Leader of the Year and Tennessee Hospital Association’s Nurse of Clinical Distinction.

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