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Dr. Erin Shankel

Erin Shankel

DNP (in progress), Belmont University, Nashville, TN
MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN - Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
BA (Biology), Greenville College, Greenville, IL

Erin began teaching at Belmont in the fall of 2008. She teaches in lecture, laboratory, and clinical settings in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. These courses include Health Assessment, Advanced Health Assessment, The Aging Adult, Primary Health Care 1 & 2, and Intensive Practicum.

Erin’s clinical experience is primarily in the area of allergy and asthma, and she maintains her practice at a private allergy office in Franklin, TN. She has also worked at the Minute Clinic and as the nurse manager at the Hope Clinic for Women. Erin’s research area is telemonitoring of chronic disease, particularly pediatric asthma. She has a passion for reducing health care costs while improving outcomes through strategic patient education and creative uses of technology. She also believes strongly in the role nurses and nurse practitioners can play in the changing health care environment. This inspires her work with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, who are the future of the profession.

A personal note from Erin. . . .

I never realized how amazing nurses were until I found myself in nursing school! I knew I wanted to be a nurse practitioner, but had underestimated the scope of what RNs do. I thought nurses were just the people who took my blood pressure at the clinic, but I had no idea that in other settings they can function at a highly academic, professional, and collaborative level. Nurses can truly make or break the patient experience, and I believe that as a group we have a unique combination of compassion, intellect, and skills. This gives us the opportunity and the obligation to creatively address health care challenges- not only for individual patients, but also at the community, national, and global levels.
I see nursing as a way that I can serve my other fellow human beings, showing them the love of Christ in tangible ways. Physical needs are as important as spiritual ones, and are often intermingled. Nurses intuitively understand this.
I feel incredibly blessed to get to split my time between the clinic and academia. Teaching at Belmont means that I get to work with the best faculty and students in the world. I am constantly challenged by the brightest minds in the profession, and many of them are students!

When I am not working, I am spending time with my husband and two sweet girls. Baking, online shopping, and dreaming of (but not actually doing) the crafts I see on Pinterest take up an inordinate amount of my free time.

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School of Nursing |  Phone: 615-460-6139
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