Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar Alumni

Shannon Halloway, PhD, BSN, RN

Rush University

Ms. Halloway is a BSN to PhD student at Rush University College of Nursing (RCON). Her research focus is on identifying modifiable health behaviors that can help stabilize or decrease the onset of cognitive impairment in community-dwelling older adults. Her interest in the older adult population was sparked when she was selected by the faculty to be a nursing scholar as part a Robert Wood Johnson funded Comprehensive Gerontologic Education Partnership at Pacific Lutheran University to produce more qualified nurses committed to the care of the older adult. She graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Ruth Carlson Award in Clinical Excellence, and was accepted into RCON soon after. Under the guidance of Dr. JoEllen Wilbur, her chairperson, Ms. Halloway has published and presented research both regionally and nationally on older adults and physical activity. Current honors include the Diane Cronin-Stubbs Memorial Award, Sigma Theta Tau and Psi Chi honor societies, and the Mary Oakley and Kellog Scholarships (RCON). Her clinical experiences have been focused on the care of older adults in multiple settings, including critical care and home health. Her current clinical position is as the Wellness Nurse for independent seniors living in residential apartments on the Rush campus. A relatively recent addition to the nursing community, she hopes that her fresh prospective will positively impact preventative health care of at-risk older adults.