Shanna Sullivan RN, MSN, AGCNS-BC
Shanna D. Sullivan is the Program Director of Integrative Nursing at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is a board-certified Adult –Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS-BC). She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) in 2015 from the University of Massachusetts Boston and focused on mind-body modalities to support well-being. Shanna’s clinical work in integrative therapies has focused on training healthcare staff in the areas of meditation, mindfulness, guided imagery, Reiki, acupressure and cognitive behavioral therapy. Shanna has co-authored a chapter in Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (2015) on “Applying cognitive behavioral therapy in everyday nursing” And the revised chapter in the 202o edition of the handbook. Shanna is expanding the use of human centered design in her organization and completed the Presencing Foundation training program as well as the Blue Cross Blue Shields Design Thinking Bootcamp. Shanna is dedicated to increase the self-efficacy of nurses, and therefore enhancing patient self-efficacy and outcomes, through integrative nursing practice at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Previous to her role at Dana Farber, Shanna was a Coordinator for Simulation and Clinical Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She also served as a nurse faculty with the Kenyan Heart and Sole: The Afya Njema Project from 2008-2012 in an effort to impact the epidemic of cardiovascular disease in rural communities through an integrative, relationship-based approach. Her bedside nursing experience has been in the areas of adult general medicine and cardiology at New York University Langone Medical Center, NY and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. Shanna received her Bachelor’s of Science degree (BSN) from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2007.
Shanna has presented at the ANCC Magnet conference 2019 and at the International Integrative Nursing Symposium 2017 and 2019. And through her engagement in several nursing professional organizations including the Integrative Nursing Consortium of Boston and the Greater Boston Nursing Collective she is part of a leadership movement in the profession to align and elevate integrative models of health and healing.