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Nancy M. Short, DrPH, MBA, RN

Associate Professor
(919) 684-0368
2013 Pearson Building

Nancy M. Short is an Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC where she has been on faculty since 2003. She is recognized as a Senior Research Fellow with the Duke Health Inequalities Program. She received the School of Nursing’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010 and the Outstanding DNP Faculty award in 2010 and 2011. She teaches population approaches to health, health policy, transformational leadership, health economics, and other courses in the Doctor of Nursing practice and Masters of Science in Nursing curricula.

Dr. Short earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. She earned her Doctor of Public Health degree with a major in health policy and administration at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. In 2009 she was recognized as an Arnold J. Kaluzny Distinguished Alumnus by the School of Public Health. Dr. Short completed a post-doctoral fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow from 2004-2007. In 2005 she served as a Legislative Health Fellow in the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist.

Dr. Short is nationally known as an advocate for public health. She consulted with the UNC Public Health Management Academy to guide teams from the Virginia Department of Public Health in the development of sustainable business plans. She consulted with the UNC Institute for Public Health on international issues related to distance learning. More recently she has served as a member of the Durham County (NC) Board of Health. In 2013, she began a three-year tenure on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Local Boards of Health where she specializes in the development of performance standards for the ~3000 boards of health in the United States.

In 2010, she provided significant consultation on the development of the national Nursing Alliance for Quality care (NAQC) headquartered at George Washington University. Under the auspices of the US Department of State, she delivered leadership and quality management training to a bi-communal (Turk and Greek) program for nurses in Cyprus. She also has experience teaching research methods to health professionals in Moshi, Tanzania. In 2013, she was invited to work with nurse leaders at Fudan University in Shanghai to further the nursing professions’ involvement in influencing Chinese health policy.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • PhD in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • DrPH - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • MBA - Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
  • BSN - Duke University, School of Nursing

Research Interests

Dr. Short's areas of scholarly interest include how health policy is taught to nursing students, health care workforce and practice trends, health policy, and public health (board governance and quality improvement).

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 || Outstanding DNP Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2013 || Outstanding DNP Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2011 || Outstanding DNP Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2010 || Distinguished Teaching Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2010 || Invited Participant, Altarum Institute Policy Roundtable, Newseum, Washington DC
  • 2010 || Outstanding DNP Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2009 || Arnold D. Kaluzny Distinguished Alumni Award, Public Health Leadership Program, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • 2008 || Invited participant, "Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce", Washington, DC, Association of Academic Health Centers
  • 2008 || Scholarship to Second National Congress on the Un- & Underinsured and The Congress for Health Reform
  • 2007 || Who's Who in North Carolina Health Policy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Duke University Center for Health Policy, and NC Institute of Medicine
  • 2006 || Board of Directors' Outstanding Service Award, North Carolina Nurses Association
  • 2006 || Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina
  • 2006 || Nominated by U.S. Senator Bill Frist for 2007 membership on the National Advisory Board of the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research
  • 2006 || Nominated by U.S. Senator Richard Burr for membership on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Advisory Board for Medicare Education
  • 2004 || Health Policy Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • 2000 || Mentor of Distinction Award, Women’s Business & Professional Advisory Council (Raleigh, NC)
  • 2000 || President’s Teamwork Award - School of Nursing Tech Team, Duke University
  • 1999 || Eunice M. Smith Scholarship, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • 1993 || Duke University Human Resources Service Award
  • 1987 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • 1984 || Adjunct Faculty Award, Utah State University School of Nursing

Areas of Expertise

  • Nursing and Health Care Leadership
  • Quality of Care / Patient Safety

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25996355 Uzarski, D. and Burke, J. and Turner, B. and Vroom, J. and Short, N. A Plan for Academic Biobank Solvency-Leveraging Resources and Applying Business Processes to Improve Sustainability. Clin Transl Sci. October, 2015 8(5); 553-7
  • 2015 -- Carpenter, J. E. and Short, N. and Williams, T. E. and Yandell, B. and Bowers, M. T. Improving congestive heart failure care with a clinical decision unit Nursing Economic$. Sep-Oct, 2015 33(5); 255-262
  • 2015 -- Stout, C. and Short, N. and Aldrich, K. and Cintron, R. J. and Provencio-Vasquez, E. Meeting the Future of Nursing Report™ recommendations: A successful practice-academic partnership. Nursing Economic$. May-June, 2015 33(3); 161-166
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24948387 Estes, T. S. and Short, N. and Bowser, D. and Boyle, A. An evidence-based quality improvement perspective for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease case-finding program. Chron Respir Dis. June, 2014 11(3); 131-138
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 24005550 Yackel, E. E. and Short, N. M. and Lewis, P. C. and Breckenridge-Sproat, S. T. and Turner, B. S. Improving the adoption of evidence-based practice among nurses in Army outpatient medical treatment facilities. Mil Med. September, 2013 178(9); 1002-9
  • 2013 -- (Raleigh, NC) Doctors want more from Medicaid (features Nancy Short) February 11, 2013
  • 2012 -- Domrose, C. Nurse policy experts on the candidates’ healthcare platforms [Interviews with Bobbie Berkowitz, Colleen Conway-Welch, Kathy Ferket, Rose Gonzalez, Linda McCauley, Nancy M. Short]. Advance for Nurses. October 15, 2012
  • 2012 -- Muoio, D. Supreme Court to decide fate of Obamacare [Interviews with Victor Dzau, Robert Califf, Nancy Short]. The Chronicle. The Independent Daily at Duke University (Durham, NC). July 2, 2012
  • 2012 -- Blood-Siegfried, J. and Hawks, S. and Nevidjon, B. and Phillips, B. and Short, N. and Valiga, T. and Vorderstrasse, A. and Wood, K.. and Conrad, R. M.. Online Teaching Guide. [Website supported by the Duke University Center for Instructional Technology.] June 4, 2012
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22849020 Short, N. M. The final frontier. Nurs Econ. May-June, 2012 30(3); 185-6


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • “Get The Picture” patient education video contest

    Duke Univ/Western Carolina/UNC-Charlotte Innovative Nursing Education Technologies (iNet) grant (HRSA)
    10/2009 to 06/2010
    Role: Project Leader

    Project Goal: Engage nursing students with other disciplines to create attractive, relevant patient videos. Increase the use of technology to solve patient problems, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, translate practice into useful educational products.

  • 2010-11 Nursing Fellows: Best Practices on Teaching Online Classes

    Duke University Center for Instructional Technology
    07/2010 to 07/2011
    Role: CIT 2010-2011 Nursing Fellow

    Project goal: Define and develop “Best Practices” in both technology and pedagogy to be used for teaching online students and mentoring faculty about online education. Fellows will compile findings and publish an online teaching orientation guide.

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
    07/2009 to 06/2012
    Role: Faculty

    Project Goal: The goal is to develop, implement, and operate the DNP program, the first in North Carolina.

  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Advanced Nursing Practice

    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
    07/2008 to 06/2010
    Role: Faculty

    Project Goal: Increase quality of education related to palliative and end-of-life care for Master's students.

  • Standardized Teamwork Skills Assessment: Feasibility, Reliability and Validity

    07/2008 to 06/2011
    Role: Faculty

    Project Goal: Develop and implement a multi-player simulation based upon the AHRQ TeamSTEPPS curriculum.

  • Regulating Licensed Nursing Practice In Nursing Homes: RN Delegation, LPN Practice, and Care

    National Council of State Boards of Nursing
    07/2008 to 06/2010
    Role: Faculty

    Project Goal: Measure the relationships between RN delegation, LPN practice, and quality-of-care outcomes in nursing homes to improve the regulation of professional nursing practice in long-term care.

  • Simulations and Partners Across Communities for Registered Nurse Education (SIM-PAC-RN)

    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
    07/2007 to 09/2008
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: The purpose of this project is to expand and strengthen the current Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program by 1) Increasing and expanding the number of clinical sites for entry-level training, 2) expanding the pool of clinical instructors, 3) expanding enrollment in the ABSN program, and 4) enhancing the breadth, depth, and integration of simulation technology into the ABSN curriculum.ABSN Program at Duke University School of Nursing.

  • Global Health Research Training in East Africa and North Carolina

    Glaxo Smith Kline
    07/2006 to 08/2006
    Role: Participant in Glaxo Smith Kline-funded Research Training Institute in Moshi, Tanzania

    Purpose: to assess educational barriers to achieving consistent performance of random controlled research using local health professionals (mid-level Tanzanian researchers working with two Duke partners: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center and KIWAKKUKI).

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2004-2005 Health Policy Fellowship

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    I.D. #051331
    09/2004 to 08/2007

    Fellowship Assignment: Office of Senator William H. Frist (R-TN), U.S. Senate Majority Leader

  • Developing Best Practices in an Online Curriculum

    Duke University Center for Instructional Technology
    07/2004 to 06/2005
    Role: CIT Fellow 2004-2005

    Project Goals: Developing technological competencies in MSN students; analyzing the key quality elements of DUSON online courses.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DNP alumna Mary "Mimi" Jenko published an article entitled "A systems approach to improving care for all bereaved families" in the Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. The article was co-authored with Nancy Short.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Katherine "Kathy" Pereira, Nancy Short and Ellie McConnell co-author an article entitled "Mega Teaching Health Centers: A New Model to Power CHCs" with the Health Affairs Blog. Other co-authors include Richard Rieselbach, Peter Shin, Greg Nycz, and Kenneth Schmader.

Click here to read article.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Alumni and Adjunct Instructor Kathryn Lytle, Nancy Short, Rachel Richesson co-authored an article entitled "Clinical Decision Support for Nurses: A Fall Risk and Prevention Example" in the December issue of Computers, Informatics, Nursing. The article was also co-authored with Monica Horvath, PhD, with ThotWave Technologies in Chapel Hill.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Nancy Short is one of 11 individuals selected for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Faculty Policy Think Tank initiative. The initiative is one of three created by AACN to promote greater engagement of nurses in the health policy arena and develop new thought leaders for the profession.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The National League for Nursing recently published "A Vision for Recognition of the Role of Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses in Advancing the Nation's Health," which extensively draws upon the work of a research team led by Faculty PI Kirsten Corazzini on a study funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The works cited are:

Friday, August 8, 2014

(From Summer 2014 Duke Nursing magazine)

By Dave Hart

Every nurse knows that during the course of a career, and sometimes in the course of a single day, nursing professionals wear a hundred hats: caregiver, administrator, technician, troubleshooter, liaison, sounding board, and countless others. Nancy Short, DrPH, MBA’91, BSN’76, thinks it’s past time to add another one: health policy advocate.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Duke University School of Nursing and Fudan University School of Nursing in China are co-sponsoring an international forum March 10-11, 2013, in Shanghai, China, entitled “Global Health and Nursing—Fudan/Duke Joint International Nursing Forum.” Three themes will be the focus of the forum: long-term care development, nursing professional development, and evidence-based nursing policymaking.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Nancy Short has been elected to serve for a three-year term (2013-2016) on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Local Boards of Health, which aims to strengthen and improve public health governance throughout the United States.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Associate Professor Nancy Short published an invited guest editorial entitled "The Final Frontier" in Nursing Economic$.

At the 14th Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. Eastern Regional Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, on November 5, Professor Brenda Nevidjon presented “Every Nurse a Leader: No Title? No Problem!” and Associate Professor Nancy Short presented “Patient Care is a Highly Political Endeavor."