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Ellen O'Kelley

AE-C, PNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

 

Member profile details

Membership level
Professional
First name
Ellen
Last name
O'Kelley
Organization
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Position/Title
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
 

Contact Information

City
Bethpage
State
Tennessee
Postal Code
37232-9500
 

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Education

Credentials
  • AE-C
  • PNP-BC
Type of Provider
  • Nurse Practitioner
 

About Me

Brief Description of my Real Job
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with the Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine Division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, working in the out-patient Children’s Lung Center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. I primarily provide asthma specialty care to children with moderate to severe persistent asthma and their families. I also am a provider in the Vanderbilt Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center as well as the Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Clinic. I am a member of the Children’s Hospital Asthma Steering Committee and am the lead for asthma in the Children’s Lung Center.
Research and Practice Interests
I am co-creator of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing community health course looking at environmental factors and educational needs of children with poorly controlled asthma with the goal of reducing healthcare costs for pediatric asthma. I am also very interested in increasing knowledge base of clinicians providing asthma education and promoting national standards for asthma education including certification. And one of my passions is advocating for asthma educators on a national level especially to gain third party reimbursement for the education provided by asthma educators. In 2010 I started the annual Pediatric Asthma Education Conference that promotes standardized asthma management and education among clinicians working with pediatric asthma across the Southeast.
Personal Statement
I have been a PNP for over 35 years and am certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1983. I believe strongly that asthma clinicians and educators should adhere to national guidelines which is why I started our annual asthma conference. In addition, I am a strong supporter of home visits to children with uncontrolled asthma, especially in identifying environmental triggers and helping to remediate these. For me, the bottom line for controlling pediatric asthma is to improve the quality of life in children with asthma (and their families) which has the added benefit of decreasing the asthma burden (and its costs) across the US.

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