James Barnett

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Graduate School, 2012
MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 1996
BSN, Tennessee State University, 1991

Office Hours       Posted and by appointment
Office Location  Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions/ McFarland Building: Next to Classroom 3
Office Phone     615-547-1271
Email     jbarnett@cumberland.edu


I have grown up and lived in Nashville my entire life. Nursing has taken me around the continental US and even to Japan where I have lectured on professional nursing development and role transition programs. 

My clinical interest centers on critical care nursing for patients with acute illness and injury. Using Virginia Henderson’s Needs Theory as a guide for promoting optimal self-care outcomes, I seek to help clients with critical illness and their families return to their ideal level of self-care during and after discharge from the intensive care unit. Over the last ten years I have focused on improving the skill set of new and practicing nurses using Patricia Benner’s Skill Acquisition Theory.  


Advanced Topics in Nursing
Medical – Surgical Nursing
Applied Nursing Research
Hemodynamic and Waveform Analysis


Sigma Theta Tau International - Iota Chapter


Four years as a university professor of nursing
Fifteen years working as a critical care nurse – all specialties
Five years as a hospital based nurse educator
Five years as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist


Role transition from student to professional nurse
Support programs promoting positive role transition
Quantitative and qualitative research techniques
Quality of life for clients with neurological disorders


Ruth, D. J., & Barnett, J. (2013). Epilepsy in pregnancy. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, (Neuro Complications Issue), 27(3), 217-224.

Barnett, J., Minnick, A., & Norman, L. (2013, Submitted). A description of US nurse residency programs. Nursing Outlook. – Publication pending review.