Dr. Marcia Barnes began at Cumberland University in fall of 2011 and teaches courses in the Nursing program, primarily nursing research. Prior to arriving at Cumberland, Dr. Barnes was an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for the Department of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she provided inpatient and complex wound care services for the medical center. In addition to clinical experiences in plastic surgery and complex wound care, Dr. Barnes performed and participated in research for the department in areas of wound care, breast reconstruction, craniofacial reconstruction, pressure injuries and outcomes. Dr. Barnes has taught both graduate and undergraduate nursing students, medical students, residents, interns and physicians on topics specific to plastic surgery and wound care. She has been an invited speaker to numerous national, regional and local conferences. While at Vanderbilt, she participated in numerous committees involving Advanced Practice Nursing and was a founding member of the Advanced Practice Nursing Mentoring Program.
Dr. Barnes holds an Associate Degree in nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, a Master of Science in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She holds multiple national certifications and has lectured nationally and internationally on plastic surgery, wound care and specialty areas of research focus. She serves on several Editorial Boards and has published numerous articles in her areas of expertise. She is a Past President of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (ASPSN). She has received numerous awards for her service and accomplishments including the Nightingale Award, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (2008), Outstanding Service Award, ASPSN (2011), Distinguished Service Award, ASPSN (2005), Certificate of Excellence. Plastic Surgical Nursing (2009) and 2nd Place Recipient of the Plastic Surgical Nursing Editor’s Award,Plastic Surgical Nursing (2010).