Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Shana Cureton-McMurray, MSN, RN

Indiana University-Purdue University
PhD Student

I am currently employed as a clinical assistant professor at Indiana University School of Nursing in Columbus. My passion for nursing and education, guide my progression through the Ph.D. in Nursing Science program at Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis. I completed an Associate Degree in Nursing from Good Samaritan College of Nursing in Cincinnati, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Science in Nursing Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. I am a member of the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, and Exceptional Nurse. I have 16 years’ experience in the private and public sectors of the health profession and seven years of teaching experience. I have directed and coordinated clinical care for critically complex cardiothoracic patients in intensive care units as well as managed medically fragile students in 144 Public Schools with a nursing workforce of 40 in Louisville, Kentucky. My experiences as a minority nurse educator provide me with a unique lens, which is important to explore and develop new knowledge in nursing education. My insatiable hunger to advocate for underrepresented nursing students grounds my focus on inclusive educational and retention strategies.   Increasing African Americans in nursing may expand access to healthcare, health literacy, and cultural and linguistic competence, and the moderators that contribute to the poor clinical outcomes of this population. My goal is to advance the science of nursing education by helping to increase and maintain the number of African Americans in the nursing workforce.