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Diane Shea

Associate Dean of Nursing and Professor of Nursing Practice

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Office: Marian Hall, Room 403-C

Office hours: Monday, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Thursday, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.; Friday, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Ph.D. and B.S.N., Boston College; M.S.N., University of California at Los Angeles


Dr. Diane Shea is an Associate Dean and Professor of Nursing at Emmanuel College with responsibility in both the undergraduate and graduate Nursing Programs.  Diane received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctorate (PhD) from Boston College, a Master's Degree in Nursing Administration from UCLA, and a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University. 

Dr. Shea is on the two Nursing Advisory Boards, a member of the Massachusetts Action Coalition Academic Progression Committee, past President of the Xi Beta chapter and present Governance Chair of Pi Epsilon of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing.  She help initiate and ran a monthly group: Pushing On: Supporting Moms after Pregnancy Loss, helping to address community needs.  Has been and is a member of several planning committees for the American Psychiatric Nursing Association and American Association of Colleges of Nurses.   

Dr. Shea has provided leadership on various projects that have focused on improving the education of nursing students as well as improving the health of college students on campus. Dr. Shea received a $120,000 instructional fee grant to equip the simulation laboratory.  She received a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation to support a simulation faculty position and laboratory. She was a member of an innovative group The Interprofessional Education Coalition which conducted yearly simulations with over 500 students from area schools.  Dr. Shea has facilitated the development of the Dedicated Education Unit, a collaborative partnership with faculty, expert nurses in clinical practice settings, and students. 

In addition Dr. Shea produced a sociodrama that addressed college drinking using a harm reduction approach. The sociodrama was presented to a live audience. She also developed an interactive DVD entitled, "Engaging Students to Learn and Self Reflect About Alcohol Use." It consisted of five vignettes, facilitator questions, and a "Did You Know?" section.

Dr. Shea's research also focuses on academic practice partnerships and incorporating student actors - in vignettes - to facilitate student learning.

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Emmanuel College is a dynamic community rich with intellect, compassion, and a passion to facilitate student learning.

Student engagement, exploration, and discovery are both cheered and encouraged.

Emmanuel College is a community of dedicated professionals making a difference.

Courses and Curriculum

Dr. Shea teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Presentations and Publications


  • 2015 Poster Presentation "Developing a Best Academic-Practice Partnership Model: Encouraging incumbent nurses to advance their education inclusive of increasing diversity workforce addressing social, cultural, racial, gender, and disability" and Annual Healthcare Workforce Summit" on September 25 , 2015 at Devens Commons, Devens, MA.
  • 2014 Presented on " Interprofessional Simulation Based Education" at The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development Faculty Research Symposium, Kings College, Wilkes Barre Pa, April 14, 2014.
  • 2014 Present on: "Implementing Simulation-Based Interprofessional Education: Students Evaluation of the Pilot Indicate a Very Successful Program" At the International Meeting on Simulation in Health Care at San Francisco California, January 25-29, 2014.
  • 2013 Poster Presentation "Faculty and Professional Staff From Three Colleges and Universities Collaborate to Develop an Interprofessional Education Curriculum Using Simulation" at the North East Central Education Scranton Pa. May 21st 2013 at TCMC Scranton, Pa.
  • 2013 Presented on: "Faculty and Professional Staff from Marywood University, The Commonwealth of Medical College and The University of Scranton: Collaborate to Develop and Interprofessional Education Curriculum Using Simulation and Standardized Patient" at The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development Research Symposium in Scranton Pa May 2013.
  • 2013 Presented on: "Collaborative Care Summit Using a Stroke Case to Promote Interprofessional Education at the National Academies of Practice Conference" at the Interprofessional Healthcare Working Together for Health Aging Conference in Alexandria Virginia April 2013.
  • 2013 Presented (poster) on From Seed to Tree: Developing Support for Perinatal Bereaved Mothers at the International Conference on Perinatal and Infant Death Conference Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs And Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance at Minneapolis Minnesota April 18-21 2013.
  • 2013 Presented on: Best Practices for Treatment of Co-
  • Occurring Disorders: Nursing Response to a Vulnerable Population at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Pennsylvania Conference Titled: Different Strokes for Different Folks:
  • Strengthening Psychiatric Nursing Skills when Caring for Special Populations at Lehigh Valley Pa. March 16, 2013.
  • 2013 Invited to present at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board: Bureau of 
  • Alcohol Education on "Curriculum Infusion: Blending Alcohol Information into Non-Health Classes" in Harrisburg Pa April 11, 2013.
  • 2013 Invited to present at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board: Bureau of 
  • Alcohol Education on " Using Socio-drama to Address Collegiate Drinking. An Evaluative Look" in Harrisburg Pa April 12, 2013.
  • 2012 Collaborated with Physician Assistant, Nutrition, and Nursing Students and Faculty to travel to Haiti to help address the health care needs for people in Haiti in 5 clinics.
  • 2012 Providing Care in Haiti: An Interprofessional Approach to Practice. Marywood University Nursing Honor Society Induction to Sigma Theta Tau International presentation, November 2012.
  • 2012 Presented on "A Regional Model for Interprofessional Education." at the 2012 Jefferson Interprofessional Education Center Conference, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania May 2012.
  • 2012 An Interprofessional Approach to Educate the Leaders in the Bhutanese Community: A response to a needs assessment. Social Work, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Education, and Nursing making a difference addressing the health care needs of Bhutanese people. This education session was presented over 9 sessions.
  • 2012 Presented at the 2012 12th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in San Diego on Interprofessional Education: Nursing Understanding our Health Care Partners.


  • 2015 Foote E, Clarke V, Szarek JL, Waters SK, Walline V, Shea D, Goss S, Farrell M, Easton D, Dunleavy E, Arscott K. (2015). Development and evaluation of a regional, large-scale interprofessional collaborative care summit. Journal Allied Health 44(2) 28-28. PMID:26046124.
  • 2014 Wright, P., Shea D., Gallagher, R., From Seed to Tree: Developing support for Perinatally Bereaved Mothers. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 23(3), 151-154.
  • 2013 Szarek, L, Manetti, W., Zielinski, D., Heckman, C., Shea, D., Arscott, K., Pellegrino, A., Triano, M., & Spelman, D., Trials and Tribulations in the Development of a Simulation-Based Interprofessional Activity. Medical Science Educator Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, 23 (35) 542-553. ISSN 2156-8650.
  • 2012 Hannon, P. O, Hunt., C.A, Haleem, D., Day, L., Casals, P. (2012). Implementation of a Dedicated Education Unit for Baccalaureate Students: Process and Evaluation. International Journal of Nursing Education, 4 (2), 155-159. ISBN 9074-9357 (Electronic).
  • 2012 Haleem, D., Buxton, B., Hastings, T., & Hannon, P. (2012). How to put on a successful CEU conference. American Nurse Today. 7 (5) 52- 54.
  • 2012 Arscott, K., Haleem, D., Foote, E., & Olenick, M., 2012. A Collaborative Care Summit: A Regional Model of Interprofessional Education. Jefferson University, Jefferson Digital Commons.
  • 2006-2012 Haleem (Shea), D, & Walsh, W., (2006-2012, 13-19th editions). Anemia, Sickle Cell. Editor Domino, F. The 5-Minute Consultants ( pp 60-61), Philadelphia Pa.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • 2011 Haleem (Shea), D., Manetti, W., Evanina, K, & Gallagher, R. (2011). A senior internship: Facilitating the transition to nursing practice. Nurse Educator. 36 (5) 208-213.
  • 2011 Haleem (Shea), D., & Winters, J. (2011). A Sociodrama: innovative program engaging college students to learn and self-reflect about alcohol use. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 24 (3), 153-160. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2011.00289.x
  • 2010 Haleem (Shea), D.M., Evanina, K., Gallagher, R., Golden, M.A., Healy-Karabell, K., & Manetti, W. (2010). Program evaluation: How faculty addressed 
  • concerns about the nursing program. Nurse Educator, 35(3), 118-121.
  • 2009 Haleem (Shea),D., (2009). Wellness Center Services for Aging Populations Ch. 10. Editor Deinhardt, A., In Nurse-Managed Wellness Centers (pp. 63-69). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. 
  • 2009 Hayes, E, Haleem (Shea), D., Miller, J., Miller, M. & Plowfield, L., (2009). Community Service and Learning and Student Engagement Ch. 13. Editor Deinhardt, A., In Nurse-Managed Wellness Centers (pp. 87-98). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
  • 2009 'Hayes, E., Plowfield, L., Haleem (Shea), D., Miller, J., & Miller, E., (2009). Extending the Mission of Wellness Centers to Build Future Nursing Capacity Ch 14 . Editor Deinhardt, A., In Nurse-Managed Wellness Centers (pp.99-10. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Research Focus

Dr. Shea research focus includes college drinking using a harm reduction approach. She produced a sociodrama that addressed college drinking using a harm reduction approach. The sociodrama was presented to a live audience. An interactive DVD entitled, "Engaging Students to Learn and Self Reflect About Alcohol Use." was produced. Dr. Shea's research also focuses on academic-practice partnerships, interprofessional education, and practice, and innovative teaching to facilitate student learning, incorporating student actors, in vignettes.

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