Faculty Expert Profile

Tener Goodwin Veenema

  • Professor of Nursing


  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Center for Humanitarian Health

Languages spoken

  • English

Tener Goodwin Veenema is an internationally known expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness. She develops and leads workshops to help hospitals, health care workers, military, and public health officials better respond to natural and human-caused disasters, including catastrophic events such as pandemics and radiation/nuclear emergencies.

In relation to coronavirus COVID-19, Veenema led a workshop on effective infection containment and how to prepare and educate nursing and health care students who are newly entering the workforce.

The nurse researcher is well known for her past work with the CDC developing training modules for donning and doffing of personal protective equipment when treating Ebola patients, as well as apps she has created to ensure nurses have access to current, valid, and reliable information when responding to disasters.

Veenema has served as senior consultant to the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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