2021 Tillman Scholar
It was to the bemusement of her parents that Shanna enlisted in the Army in 2006. No one in the family had ever voluntarily served in the military before, but witnessing the 9-11 attacks as a teenager inspired Shanna into a life of service. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and trained as a licensed practical nurse.
With the incredible support of her husband, Shanna earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree with honors from Saint John Fisher College. She has been humbled at the many opportunities for personal and professional growth that her military service has provided. Her multiple mobilizations presented unique leadership opportunities that she has transcended into her civilian life. Shanna currently works as the clinical manager of surgical services at a 200-bed level II trauma center in the Midwest. Shanna was commissioned as a Nurse Corps officer in the Army Reserves in 2020.
Shanna wants to improve patient outcomes for cardiovascular surgical patients. To achieve the necessary skills to accomplish this, she has been accepted into the doctor of nursing practice clinical nurse specialist program at Johns Hopkins University. Working with an interdisciplinary care team, Shanna plans to develop a program that performs community education regarding cardiac disease prevention and management, acute care for every patient undergoing heart surgery, and post-discharge outreach and follow-up. Shanna believes that every patient deserves innovative care with a personalized approach.