Elizabeth VandeWaa, PhD
Adult Health Nursing

Research Interests
  • Interprofessional pharmacology education: Putting pedagogical knowledge into practice through simulation scenarios across disciplines
  • Emotional intelligence in healthcare workers: Impact of social media use and other factors
  • Assessment of demographic factors affecting nursing student attitudes toward healthcare implementation
  • Assessment of opioid use and delivery knowledge in practitioners

  • PhD, Michigan State University, 1986
  • BA, Hope College (Biology), 1982

Selected Publications
  • Caldwell, S., Dearmon, V. VandeWaa, E., (2016) Reducing falls in residents with dementia by reducing psychotropic medication use: Does it work? Journal of the Nurse Practitioner. DOI: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2016.10.018.
  • Turnipseed, D.L., VandeWaa, E.A. and Cain. G. (2016). Panacea or placebo? An evaluation of emotional intelligence in healthcare workers. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration 38: 438-477.
  • Vande Waa, E.A. (2016) (Chapter). Poisoning and Drug Toxicities. In T. Barkley and C. Myers (Eds.). Practice Considerations for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (2nd Ed). Barkley:Hollywood.
  • Love, S., VandeWaa, E. A., DeRuiter, M., and Ramachandran, V., (2013). Ototoxicity and vestibulotoxicity: Considerations in the primary care setting. Clinician Reviews 23: 28-36.


Completed Research Support

  • VandeWaa, E., Bydalek, K., Slater, N. Horton, H. Walker, D. McAdams, L. (2016) Preventing Drug Errors in Patients Using High-Alert Medications: An Interprofessional Approach, Interprofessional Grant, $2376, funded.
  • Bydalek, K.,VandeWaa, E., Varner, J., Wooster, D., Haas, K.(2015). An Interprofessional Panel Discussion to Enhance Education Regarding High-Risk Medications in Geriatric Patients Among Students and Faculty in the Health Professions and Social Work. Interprofessional Grant, $5000, funded.
  • VandeWaa, E., Estis, J., Rudd, A., Gordon-Hickey, S., Jacobs, M. (2014). Safe Medication Administration in Patients with Communication Disorders: An Interprofessional Education Simulation with Health Professions Students. University of South Alabama, Interprofessional Grant, $5000, funded.
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Graduate Courses Taught

  • Physio-Pathological Bases of Advanced Nursing
  • Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Pharmacology for Accelerated Nursing Track
  • Pathophysiology for Accelerated Nursing Track

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Calculations Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Foundation

Honors and Awards
  • 2017—Mortar Board Top Prof Award, University of South Alabama
  • 2012-- Recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award, University of South Alabama, College of Nursing
  • 2001—Recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award, University of South Alabama, College of Nursing
  • 1998—Recipient of the Young Faculty Award, presented at the American Federation of Clinical Research Annual Meeting
  • 1997—Nominated for Teacher of the Year, University of South Alabama
  • 1984—Recipient of a competitive 2-year Predoctoral Fellowship from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Foundation
  • 1984—Recipient of the Duncan J. McCarthy Memorial Award for outstanding oral presentation at the Twelfth Annual Pharmacology Colloquium, Michigan State University