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Senior Scientist

Contact Info

525 N. Wolfe Street, Room 532

Research Interests

disaster; emergency preparedness; health security; nursing; health care worker protection
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Rochester
University of Rochester
University of Rochester
Tener Goodwin Veenema, RN, PhD, MPH, MS, FAAN is Senior Scientist in the Department of Environmental

Health & Engineering and a Senior Scholar, Professor of Nursing at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health

Security, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the Center, she designs and leads research

projects to explore health systems optimization and healthcare worker protection during disasters and

large-scale biological events. Dr. Veenema is an international expert in disaster nursing and public

health emergency management and her program of research focuses upon informing evidence-based policy

related to health care systems and public health response for global catastrophic events such as

pandemics and radiation/nuclear disasters. She has conducted national workforce analyses evaluating

emergency healthcare worker readiness and health systems coordination for disaster response in

Ireland,Japan and the United States. An accomplished researcher with sustained career funding,

Dr. Veenema is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, an elected Fellow in the

American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the Royal College of Surgeons,

Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Dublin, Ireland. At the National Academy of Medicine Dr. Veenema is a

member of the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness, the Disaster Research Action

Collaborative, and she is Chair of the National Academy of Medicine Standing Committee for the CDC

Center for Preparedness and Response. Dr. Veenema serves as an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed

journal Health Security (formerly Biosecurity and Bioterrorism). She is Editor of Disaster Nursing and

Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards, 4th Ed.,

the leading textbook in the field and developer of Disaster Nursing, a digital technology application

(“App”) to provide decision support during disasters at the point of care. Dr. Veenema was awarded the

Florence Nightingale Medal of Honor (2013, International Red Crescent) the highest international award

in Nursing for her professional service in disasters and public health emergencies. She received a

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award (2017), was selected Visiting Research Scholar to Torrens Disaster

Institute (Australia, 2017) and New York University (2018,) and received a lifetime achievement award

from Columbia University School of Nursing (2019). Dr. Veenema was awarded the 2022 McGovern

Lectureship by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Honors & Awards
2021 Keynote Speaker, Nursing Education in the Global Pandemic Era: The Way Forward. 2021 International Conference for 50th Anniversary Korean Adult Nursing Society Annual Conference

2021 Manuscript Award, Exploring National Nursing Readiness for a Radiological or Nuclear Incident: A Cross-sectional Study. 2021 International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) Virtual Journal and Journal of Emergency Nursing.

2020 Keynote Speaker, International Nursing Research Workshop, Nell Hodgson Woodruff Emory University School of Nursing, December 1, 2020 (Keynote).

2020 Keynote Speaker, Annual Research Conference, Association for Leadership in Nursing Science, November 12, 2020 (Keynote).

2019 Keynote Speaker and Visiting Scholar, Annual Nursing Research Conference, University of Newcastle. Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, December 10, 2019 (Keynote).

2019 Keynote Speaker, 2019 Isabelle Bagin Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA). Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, November 4, 2019 (Keynote).

2019 Keynote Speaker and 2019 McClure Visiting Scholar, 23rd Annual Nursing Research Conference, NYU Langone Medical Center. New York, NY, June 18, 2019 (Keynote).

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for a Distinguished Career in Nursing, Columbia University School of Nursing Alumni Association, May 3, 2019, New York, New York.

2019 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards. 4th Ed., (Critical Care and Emergency Nursing)

2017-2018 Distinguished National Academy of Medicine Nurse Scholar-in Residence, American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association, and American Nurses Foundation. Washington, D.C.

2017 Distinguished Fellow, Fellowship Ad Eundem of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

2017 American Red Cross, Certificate of Appreciation, Exceptional service and Leadership on the Federal Nursing Services Council.

2017 Pacesetting Programs in Nursing Award, 2017 Southern Regional Education Board Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing Annual Conference

2016 Linda Strangio Editor’s Award, Journal of Radiology Nursing, Association of Radiology in Nursing, Vancouver, B.C.

2015 School of Nursing SON Informers and Educators Award (SONIE) for media work during the Ebola Outbreak, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

2015 Global Health Faculty Advising Award, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

2014 Outstanding Contributions to Community/Public Health Nursing Practice Award, Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Conference, San Antonio, TX

2014 Faculty Nurse Shining Star, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

2014 Fellow, Leadership America, Leadership Women, Inc., Washington, DC

2013 Florence Nightingale Medal of Honor, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland

2013 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards. 3rd Ed., (Environmental Health, Community and Public Health)

2012 Certificate of Distinguished Service, National Scientific Advisory Board, American Red Cross National Headquarters, Washington, DC

2010 Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award, Suffield Academy, Suffield, CT

2009 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, Atlanta, GA
Select Publications
Selected publications from the past five years:
  • Veenema, T. ., Meyer, D., Rushton, C. H., Bruns, R., Watson, M., Schneider-Firestone, S., & Wiseman, R. (2022). The COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Crisis: Implications for National Health Security. Health security, 20(3), 264-269.
  • Lavin, R. P., Veenema, T. G., Sasnett, L., Schneider-Firestone, S., Thornton, C. P., Saenz, D., ... & Couig, M. P. (2022). Analysis of Nurse Practitioners’ Educational Preparation, Credentialing, and Scope of Practice in US Emergency Departments. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 12(4), 50-62.
  • Veenema, T., Lavin, R., Thornton, C., Schneider-Firestone, S., & Seal, S., (2021). Alignment of Nurse Practitioner Educational Preparation and Scope of Practice in United States Emergency Departments: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 47(4) 563-581.
  • Leaver, C., Stanley, J., Veenema, T., (2021). Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Vision for Nursing Education. Macy Foundation commissioned paper. Academic Medicine. 2022 Mar 1;97(3S):S82-S89. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004528.
  • Otto, C. M., Sell, T.K., Veenema, T., Hosangadi, D. , Vahey, R.A., Connell, N.D., Privor-Dumm, L. (2021). The promise of disease detection dogs in pandemic response: lessons learned from COVID-19. Disaster Management and Public Health Preparedness. 1-19.
National Center for Pandemic and Disaster Nursing Research