About

Caroline Varner Coburn earned her BSN from Duke University, MS from Georgia State University, Adult Nurse Practitioner certification from Emory University, and DNP from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since 2004 she has been on the faculty at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University beginning as a Clinical Instructor and currently in the position of Assistant Professor. Her hospital and research experience has been in the area of cardiovascular nursing, and her current faculty practice is in the heart failure clinic at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. In addition, she provides volunteer care at the Emory Nurse Practitioner-led clinic for refugee and immigrant populations in Clarkston, GA. Dr. Coburn’s academic focus is on ambulatory nursing and interprofessional collaboration for education of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate nurses in a domestic and global context. In this arena, she collaborates with a wide range of clinical partners to initiate and support academic content and clinical work in ambulatory care settings. Through the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, she is an appointed member of a national taskforce for guidelines on Academic-Clinical Collaboration, In the global health perspective of ambulatory care, for more than six years she has led student groups and researchers in trips to Eleuthera, an under-resourced island of The Bahamas. This has involved collaboration with a local non-governmental agency in Eleuthera to support their ongoing initiatives to address non-communicable chronic disease. Dr. Coburn participates in two national grants: she is part of Emory Faculty in the VA Nursing-Academic Partnership for Graduate Education (VANAP-GE), a national collaborative grant from the Office of Academic Advancement of the Veterans’ Administration, and is a Co-investigator in the Emory Nursing Academic-Practice Partnership in Primary Care grant (CAPACITY) funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In the global health perspective of ambulatory care, for more than five years she has led student groups and researchers in trips to Eleuthera, an under-resourced island of The Bahamas. This has included collaboration with a local non-governmental agency in Eleuthera to support their ongoing initiatives to address non-communicable chronic disease. Dr. Coburn is the lead editor of a textbook on Ambulatory Care Nursing, expected for publication in fall, 2020.

Areas of Expertise

Cardiovascular Health
Global Health
Veteran Health

Publications

Coburn, CV, Gilland, D, Owen, M., Amar, A. (2018) Ambulatory care education: Preparing nurses for the future of healthcare. Nurse Education Today. 66 (July, 2018), 79-81. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.03.015 Gilland, DG, Muirhead, LM,

Toney, S, Coburn, CV. (2019) Building a workforce pipeline: Development of an ambulatory nurse residency program. Nursing Management. 37 (July, 2019). doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000558520.60241.1f

Coburn, CV, Gilland, D, Stahl, K. (2020) High-fidelity simulation in an undergraduate ambulatory care nursing course. Nursing Education Perspectives. 41(1), 54-56. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000427.

Teaching

Dr. Coburn’s educational focus is on ambulatory nursing and clinical-academic partnership for education of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate nurses in a domestic and global context. She coordinates an undergraduate course in Ambulatory Care Nursing, participates in graduate nursing adult-gero primary care, and leads undergraduate student trips to an underserved island in The Bahamas.

Research

In support of her research interest in ambulatory care, Dr. Coburn participates in two national grants. A grant funded by the Office of Academic Advancement for the Veterans' Administration provides graduate and post-graduate Nurse Practitioner education and clinical experience for Atlanta-area veterans. She also is a co-investigator for a Health Resources and Services Administration grant for an academic-practice partnership in primary care.

Globally, she has been PI for a collaborative initiative around breast cancer education in Eleuthera, Bahamas and continues to explore research opportunities with the local non-governmental organization at that site.

Awards