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Shari Rushton, DNP, MSN, MS, RN, CCM

Assistant Professor
(919) 613-5710
3146 Pearson Building

Shari Rushton earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa, a Master of Biomedical Science in Physiology from the Mayo Graduate School of Biomedical Science, and a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, both from Duke University School of Nursing.

She has several years of clinical experience in critical care. She also has care coordination experience as a Patient Resource Manager covering medical, surgical, pediatric, and critical care patients. In addition, she has provided case management for patients referred for admission to various levels of rehabilitation services.

Her research experience includes bench work in signal transduction and a clinical heart failure project while she was a trainee in the Clinical Environmental Science Program, a joint program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, the University of North Carolina, and Duke University.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program


  • DNP - Duke University School of Nursing
  • MSN - Duke University School of Nursing
  • MS - Mayo Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • BSN - University of Iowa College of Nursing

Awards and Honors

  • 1998 || - 2000, Nurse Fellow, UNC-NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Training Program
  • 1996 || Critical Care Nursing Fellowship, Mayo Medical Center
  • 1993 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International

Areas of Expertise

  • Acute / Critical Care
  • Adult Health
  • Chronic Illness

Areas of Interest

Case Management
Cardiovascular Care
Care Coordination
Chronic Illness

Representative Publications

  • 2004 -- Rushton, S. and Kalpin, P. K. Cardiovascular surgery. In Cardiovascular Nursing Secrets edited by Davis, L.. April, 2004; pp. 223-240. : Elsevier Mosby. April, 2004 223-240
  • 2001 -- PubMed # : 11158945 Schneider, S. and Chen, W. and Hou, J. and Steenbergen, C. and Murphy, E. Inhibition of p38 MAPK alpha/beta reduces ischemic injury and does not block protective effects of preconditioning. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. February, 2001 280(2); H499-508
  • 2000 -- Schneider, S. and Hou, J. and Steenbergen, C. and Murphy, E. Preconditioning (PC) reduces necrotic injury: an effect that is not blocked by inhibition of p38 MAP kinase (Abstract). 2000
  • 1999 -- Schneider, S. and Hou, J. and London, R. E. and Steenbergen, C. and Murphy, E. Treatment with SB202190, an inhibitor of p38 MAP kinase, is cardioprotective. (Abstract). Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 1999 31 A43
  • 0 -- PubMed # : 26241622 Rushton, S. The Population Care Coordination Process. Prof Case Manag. 20(5); 230-8; quiz 239-40

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Population Care Coordinator Program (PCCP)

    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey / HHI BCBS Education Services Agreement
    10/2011 to 12/2013
    Role: Project Faculty

    The goal is to educate nurses for roles as population care coordinators for primary care practices.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 DUSON cohort of Teaching for Equity Fellows Health Professions Educators: Nancy Crego, Valerie Sabol, Brigit Carter, Jennie De Gagne, Midge Bowers, Michelle Hartman, Jill Brennan-Cook, Sharron Rushton, Jen Graf-Perkins and Lisa Lewis!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Margaret Bush, Sharron Rushton and Marilyn Oermann recently published an article entitled "Considerations for Developing a Student Evaluation of Teaching Form" in Teaching and Learning in Nursing. Co-authors include Jamie Conklin, Duke Medical Center Librarian. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Marilyn Oermann, Shari Rushton and Peggy Bush recently published an article entitled "Student evaluations of teaching (SET): Guidelines for their use" in Nursing Forum. Co-authors include experts from Duke University Medical Center Library and Archives. 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Meg Carman, MSN alumnus Shu Xu, Shari Rushton, Benjamin Smallheer, Staff members Denise Williams and Sathya Amarasekara, and Marilyn Oermann recently published an article entitled "Use of a virtual learning platform for distance-based simulation in an acute care nurse practitioner curriculum" in the September/October issue of Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Providence Health and Services Alaska (PHSA) recently welcomed DUSON to convene a two-day onsite orientation for the upcoming Population Care Coordination Program. Shari Rushton, Marion Carter, Isaac Lipkus, Mary Paden, Janene Schneider, and Carla Nichols visited the campus.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Shari Rushton is part of a Duke University collaboration that was recently awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for $2.3 million for primary care training and enhancement.

The project is led by the Duke Physician Assistant Program and is a collaboration between the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Department of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, DUSON, and Duke University School of Medicine MD program.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The month of May isn’t just about recognizing mothers and nurses. It is also designated as Older Americans Month. This is a time to acknowledge the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation. This year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail,” which hopes to raise awareness on important issues facing older adults such as civic engagement, finances and wellness.