About Me

Virginia Gardner, PMHNP-BC

  • Experienced Nurse Practitioner
  • Holistic focus
  • Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
  • Faculty member at Vanderbilt School of Nursing in the psychiatric nurse practitioner specialty program
  • My approach: I am an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with prescriptive privileges. I am also certified as a qualified cognitive therapist through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I strive to take a broad holistic approach in addressing the mental health needs of my patients. I prescribe psychiatric medications when necessary and helpful. I also believe in psychotherapy, examining pertinent medical labs, genetic testing, and I pay special attention to the role of nutrition and exercise in mental health and wellness. I enjoy using my cognitive behavioral skills to help individuals with insomnia ("CBT-I"). My area of expertise is mood disorders and I feel best suited to help individuals with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and insomnia.
  • Educational background: I graduated from Duke University with a psychology major and received my Masters of Science in Nursing from the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing in 2005.
  • Professional background: I began my work in 2006 in outpatient psychiatry at Vanderbilt Medical Group, specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. I continued my clinical work in outpatient psychiatry from 2012-2019 at a private practice in the Hillsboro Village area. In addition to my clinical work seeing patients, I enjoy teaching psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students. From 2008-2012, I taught a neuroscience course to the psychiatric nurse practitioner students at Vanderbilt School of Nursing (VUSN). From 2016 to the present, I have been a part-time faculty member at VUSN where I help mentor and train psychiatric nurse practitioner students. I am also currently an instructor in the VUSN psychopharmacology and advanced psychopharmacology courses.

~Virginia Gardner, MSN, PMHNP-BC