Shawn Collins


Associate Professor
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director

28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 314
Phone: (828) 654-6517

Areas of Expertise: Regional anesthesia, international nursing CE in developing countries

Areas of Research Interest: Regional anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, leadership/healthcare management

Dr. Shawn B. Collins received in 2012 his PhD in Leadership from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI, receiving the 2011-2012 School of Education's Outstanding Dissertation Award and was named an AANA doctoral fellow. In 2008 he earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University, College of Nursing in Chicago, IL. Dr. Collins completed his anesthesia education in 1995 at the Erlanger Medical Center/University of Tennessee - Chattanooga anesthesia program in Chattanooga, TN.

Dr. Collins has been involved with the WCU anesthesia program since its inception, fulfilling roles as faculty, assistant director and then director. He has served as the interim associate director of the school of nursing with responsibility for the graduate programs and Director of the DNP program. He currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program for the WCU School of Nursing.

Over the last 10 years, Dr. Collins has lectured nationally and internationally (Madrid, Spain; Buea, Cameroon; Bere, Chad, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) on continuing education of nurse anesthetists in developing countries and evidence-based practice. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists and the International Leadership Association. Dr. Collins also serves on the nurse anesthesia steering committee for Health Volunteers Overseas.

Dr. Collins served on the NBCRNA National Certification Examination Committee for five years and has served as an advanced education nursing grant reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions. Dr. Collins has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and is first author of a chapter in the 5th edition of Nurse Anesthesia (Hepatobiliary anesthesia). Dr. Collins is also the author of a chapter on Admissions to anesthesia programs in the text "A Resource for nurse anesthesia educators". He currently resides in Mills River, North Carolina.

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