Virginia Gardner, PMHNP-BC
Experienced Nurse Practitioner
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 mental health nurse practitioner students. I am currently an instructor in the VUSN psychopharmacology and advanced psychopharmacology courses.
Personal background: I am a Nashville native and have also enjoyed living in Durham, NC; Florence, Italy (college study abroad); and Washington DC. My husband and I have two school-aged children. I am a late convert to dog-loving, won over by a 15 pound fluffy cavapoo with a heart of gold. I am a Christian with curiosity about God and interest in spiritual questions. I enjoy hiking, gardening, yoga, and reading fiction.
~Virginia Gardner, MSN, PMHNP-BC