Professor, Holly D. and Robert E. Miller Green and Gold Professor of Nursing Workforce Research, Director of Interprofessional Education

Dr. Mary Val Palumbo is a Holly D. and Robert E. Miller Green and Gold Professor of Nursing Workforce Research and Director of Interprofessional Education for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She also directs the Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Nursing Workforce, Research, Planning and Development initiative at the University of Vermont. Since 2001, she has received research and project grants for initiatives to address the nursing shortage including emergency preparedness, re-entering nursing practice, nurse health and wellness, older nurse retention, and healthcare career awareness. In addition to conducting research on Vermont's nurse workforce, Dr. Palumbo teaches nurse practitioner students and practices as a gerontological nurse practitioner at The University of Vermont Medical Center Memory Program.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Frymoyer Scholars Program. "Disseminating a Plan for Improved Primary Care of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and their Family Caregivers for the State of Vermont." $49,500 (Co-PI). June 2018-2020
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/AARP. "Vermont Action Coalition State Implementation Program - Future of Nursing." $75,000 (Co-PI). November 2015 - October 2017
  • Key Bank Foundation. Matching Fund for the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. $75,000
  • Vermont Action Coalition State Implementation Program - Future of Nursing. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - $149,966 (Co-PI), November 2013 - October 2015
  • Inviting Innovation in Inter-professional Care of Elders with Chronic Illnesses. HRSA Advanced Education - $620,477 (PI), July 2013 - June 2016
  • Developing Best Practices in Communication when Using the Electronic Health Record for Nurse Practitioner and Medical Students and their Preceptors. Frymoyer's Scholars Program - $41,049 (Co-PI), May 2012-2014
  • Phase II-Preparing Nursing Students for Employment in Vermont. Vermont Department of Labor - $40,000 (PI), September 1, 2008 - September 1, 2009
  • Mission Essential-Ladders for a Lifetime. HRSA Career Ladders Grant - $202,790 (PI), July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2008
  • Vermont Health Workforce Supply/Demand Monitoring System. HRSA Research Focused Initiative - $393,637 (PI), August 1, 2004 - June, 30, 2006
  • Launch of On-line Program for RN Re-entry. VT Department of Employment and Training - $43,792 (PI), July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005
  • Next Steps in Expanding Educational Capacity for VT Nursing Schools. VT Health Department Office of Rural Health - $32,122 (PI), January 1 - June 30, 2004
  • Survey of Inactive Nurses. VT Health Department Office of Rural Health and Bioterrorism Preparedness, $62,100 (PI). The Vermont Inactive Nurse Survey, January 1 - June 30 2004
  • The Process of Re-entry into Nursing Practice in Vermont. VT Health Department Office of Rural Health, $31,675 (PI), March 2003 - August 2003
  • Rural Nursing Workforce Research Planning and Development. HRSA Rural Outreach Grant, $387,000 (grant manager and co-investigator). Job Analysis and Retention Survey, 2003 RN and LNA Relicensure surveys, Long Term Care Staffing Mix and Deficiency Analysis, Middle School Students' Perceptions of an Ideal Career and a Career in Nursing, Statewide Analysis of RN's Intention to Leave, June 2002- June 2004
  • Health Workforce Assessment. VT Health Department Office of Rural Health, $50,000 (PI). Vermont Health Workforce Assessment Pilot Study, July 2002 - June 2003


Rambur B, Palumbo MV, Nurkanovic M (2019) Prevalence of telehealth in nursing: implications for regulation and education in the era of value-based care. Policy Politics and  Nursing Practice. May;20(2):64-73. doi:10.1177/1527154419836752. Epub 2019 Mar 28.

Palumbo MV, Rambur B, Hart V.(2017) Is health care payment reform impacting nurses' work settings, roles, and education preparation? Journal of Professional Nursing. 2017 Nov - Dec;33(6):400-404. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.11.005. Epub 2016 Dec 5.

Sandoval, MB, Palumbo, MV, Hart V. (2017). Electronic health record's effects on the outpatient office visit and clinical education. Journal of  Innovation in Health Informatics. Jan 24;23(4):151. doi: 10.14236/jhi.v23i4.151.

Palumbo, MV., and Rambur, B (2016) Is health care payment reform impacting nurses' work settings, roles, and education preparation? Journal of Professional Nursing.

Palumbo, MV and Bennett, D (2016). Online Video Conferencing: A Promising Innovation in Interprofessional Education, Journal of Allied Health. Fall;45(3):230-3.

Awards and Recognition

  • Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award, University of Vermont Medical Center, May 2016
  • Vermont State Nurses Association "Honor a Nurse" Award, November 2009
  • Sigma Theta Tau International 2007 Best of Journal of Nursing Scholarship (Profession and Society category) for Education as a Determinant of Career Retention and Job Satisfaction Among Registered Nurses
  • Rush University Dean's Award, June 2005
  • Rush University Golden Lamp Society Award for Outstanding Performance in the Doctor of Nursing Program, August 2004

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Nurses Association
  • Eastern Nurses Research Society
  • Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Vermont State Nurses Association

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Interprofessional education, nursing workforce, Alzheimer's disease


  • D.N.P.; Rush University
  • M.S., Nursing; MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • B.S., Physical Education & Recreation; East Stroudsburg State College


  • (802) 656-0023
Office Location:

231E Rowell Building

Courses Taught

  • GRNS 412 - Advanced Nursing Practice of Older Adults
  • GRNS 407 - Optimizing Health
  • GRNS 408 - Management of Common Health Issues
  • GRNS 390 - Master's Project
  • GRNS 391 - Master's Thesis Research