Violet earned her MSN from the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1982 and her post-master’s pediatric nurse practitioner in 2000 from The Catholic University of America. She has been a clinical instructor at UVA since 2011 for the traditional BSN program. Previously she taught pediatrics at Eastern Mennonite University and James Madison University. Additionally, she keeps her practice current by working per diem in the Primary Care Nursing in the Children’s Medical Center at UVA.

Research Focus

The effects of a smoking environment on the incidence of lower respiratory problems in the pre-school age child.

Clinical Focus

Children and adolescents with primary, acute and chronic conditions.

Teaching Focus

Strong commitment effective pediatric patient care for all levels of nursing practice.


Book Sections

Horst, V. (2006). What a Day. In P. Winstead-Fry & D. Labovitz (Eds.), Ordinary Miracles in Nursing (pp. 35-36). Sadbury, MA: Bartles and Jones