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Tamra Shea

Tamra Shea


Assistant Professor

28 Schenck Parkway, 319
Phone: (828) 654-6502

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric and maternal-child nursing, decision-making, health disparities, rural health, and nontraditional nursing students.

 Areas of Research Interest: Informed decision-making in sexual and reproductive healthcare, client-provider communication and interaction, rural health disparities, and collaborative learning.

Dr. Shea earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in Nursing from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.  She earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a focus on nursing education from Western Carolina University and a PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  Dr. Shea’s diverse clinical experience spans from advanced pediatric intensive care in academic medical centers to  maternal-child nursing in the community hospital setting.

Dr. Shea’s master’s thesis explored the experiences of mature-age students in undergraduate pre-licensure nursing education.  Her doctoral research examined women’s health literacy and their informed decision-making regarding prenatal aneuploidy screening.  Dr. Shea’s preferences for scholarly research are in the areas of sexual and reproductive health decision-making, rural health disparities and access to care, client-provider communication and interaction, and collaborative learning in undergraduate nursing research courses.  Dr. Shea currently teaches courses in nursing research and evidence-based practice, pathophysiology, health assessment, and essentials of baccalaureate nursing. 

Dr. Shea is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, the National League for Nursing, the Southern Nursing Research Society, the Midwest Nursing Research Society (Decision-Making RIG Grant Representative), and the Association of Public Health Nurses.

Dr. Shea was named a Jonas Nursing Leader Scholar (2016-2018) by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veteran’s Healthcare and a Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellow (2019-2021) by the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation.

Dr. Shea resides in Asheville.  She is especially thankful for her family, their health, and the opportunity to work with the bright nursing students at Western Carolina University

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