Nancy M. Short, DrPH, MBA, RN, FAAN

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
Representative Publications
  • 2011 -- Short, N. M. Overview: The economics and finance of healthcare. (Chapter 10). 2011, invited chapter .
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 21043554 -- Morgan, P. and Strand de Oliveira, J. and Short, N. M. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners: a missing component in state workforce assessments. J Interprof Care. November, 2010 25(4); 252-7.
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18976231 -- Blood-Siegfried, J. E. and Short, N. M. and Rapp, C. G. and Hill, E. and Talbert, S. and Skinner, J. and Campbell, A. and Goodwin, L. A rubric for improving the quality of online courses. Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh. December, 2008 5 Article 34.
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18804078 -- Short, N. M. Influencing health policy: strategies for nursing education to partner with nursing practice. J Prof Nurs. 2008 Sep-Oct 24(5); 264-9.
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17674692 -- Strand, J. and Short, N. M. and Korb, E. G. The roles and supply of nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in North Carolina. N C Med J. 68(3); 184-6.
  • 2007 -- Short, N. M. Applied healthcare economics for the noneconomics major (Chapter 10). 2007 .
  • 2006 -- Short, N. Dos and don'ts for meeting congressional leaders and staff. Nurse Practitioner World News. December 11, 2006 11(12); 17.
  • 2006 -- Short, N. M. From classroom to Congress. News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) National Nurse’s Week Supplement. May 7, 2006 .
  • 2006 -- Short, N. M. Looking beyond our health care myth. Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL). March 8, 2006 .
  • 2006 -- Short, N. M. Medical care available to all? We’re kidding ourselves. News & Observer (Raleigh NC). March 8, 2006 .
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16910318 -- Short, N. From classroom to Congress. My year on the legislative staff of the U.S. Senate. Tar Heel Nurse. 68(3); 17-8.
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16568925 -- Kelly, D. L. and Short, N. M. Exploring assumptions about teams. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. February, 2006 32(2); 109-11; author reply 112-3.
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16452864 -- Short, N. From classroom to Congress. My year on the legislative staff of the U.S. Senate. Am J Nurs. February, 2006 106(2); 70-1.
  • 2006 -- Short, N. The art of apology: Have we reached a tipping point? Duke Nursing Magazine. 2006 1(1); 34-35.
  • 2005 -- Short, N. M. S.265 and Helicopter EMS in the U.S. Background paper for the US Senate Majority Leader, W. H. Frist. November 24, 2005 .
  • 2005 -- Short, N. M. Analysis of current introduced bill with methamphetamine health topics. Background paper for the US Senate Majority Leader, W. H. Frist. October 3, 2005 .
  • 2005 -- Short, N. M. Direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines. Background paper for the US Senate Majority Leader, W. H. Frist. April, 2005 .
  • 2004 -- PubMed # : 15160630 -- Kennedy, T. and Turner, B. and Nevidjon, B. and Short, N. and Lagasse, C. The nursing leadership program. The Cyprus experience--a tale of two cultures. Nurs Leadersh Forum. December, 2004 8(3); 88-94.
  • 2003 -- Short, N. M. Wall of silence: The untold story of the medical mistakes that kill and injure millions of Americans [book review]. Tar Heel Nurse. 2003 65(4); 13.
  • 2002 -- Champagne, M. T. and Hewitt, D. and Short, N. and Brown, S. and Bowers, M. Access to opportunity:  The Duke-East Carolina Partnerships for Training Program. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks: Special Nursing Edition. August, 2002 6(2); .
  • 1996 -- Short, N. M. “Blacklisted” nurse speaks up. Nursing Matters (North Carolina Edition). 1996 6(7); 9.
  • 2000 -- PubMed # : 11147007 -- Short, N. Online learning: ready, set, click. RN. November, 2000 63(11); 28-32.
  • 2000 -- Short, N. M. Five steps to prevent online problems before they start. T.H.E. Journal (Technological Horizons in Education). 2000 28(2); 56-65.
  • 1998 -- Short, N. M. Growing your own. Nursing Matters, North Carolina Edition. 1998 8(6); 10.
  • 1997 -- Short, N. M., & Adcock, G. Advanced Practice Nurses: Providing Quality Care for Patients [film script] 1997 .
  • 1996 -- Short, N. M. Are all RNs supervisors? Nursing Matters (North Carolina Edition). 1996 6(6); 5.
  • 1990 -- PubMed # : 2352717 -- Short, N. M. and Bair, L. Standards of care: practicing what we preach. Nurs Manage. 21(6); 32-6, 38-9.
  • 1996 -- Roth, A. V. and Johnson, S. and Short, N. Strategic deployment of technology in hospitals: Evidence for reengineering. 1996 189-214.
  • 1994 -- Roth, A. V. and Johnson, S. and Short, N. Reengineering the hospital: Assessing the strategic need for enabling technology. November, 1994 1901-1903.
  • 1988 -- Munn, N. E. Diagnosis: acute abdomen [CEU feature]. Nursing. September, 1988 18(9); 34-42.
  • 1989 -- Munn, N. E. When the bile duct is blocked. RN. January, 1989 52(1); 50-57.
  • 1989 -- Munn, N. E. Quick guide to abdominal trauma. Nursing. 1989 19(5); 32J-32L.
  • 1989 -- PubMed # : 2487810 -- Short, N. M. Gastrointestinal intubations: nursing considerations. Gastroenterol Nurs. January, 1989 12(1); 43-9.
  • 1989 -- PubMed # : 2487823 -- Short, N. M. Interdependence between the GI unit and inpatient nurses. Gastroenterol Nurs. February, 1989 12(2); 118-21.
  • 1991 -- Munn, N. E. The Acute Abdomen: C.E. Test Handbook. The Nursing Institute. 1991 5(1); 75-81.
  • 1996 -- Short, N. M. Cruising the information highway. Tar Heel Nurse. 1996 58(1); 16-18.
  • 1996 -- Short, N. M. The missing paperwork: Should this incident be reported? Nursing Matters (North Carolina Edition). 1996 6(5); 12.
  • 1996 -- Short, N. M. Workplace Issues: Are you having problems where you work? Nursing Matters (North Carolina Edition). 1996 6(3); 8.
  • 2003 -- Johnson-Pawlson, J., Champagne, M., O'Shaughnessy, M., & Short, N. Making a difference. July, 2003 1-16.
  • 2011 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and McConnell, E. S. and Landerman, L. R. and Thorpe, J. M. and Short, N. M. Regulation of LPN scope of practice in long-term care. Journal of Nursing Regulation. July, 2011 2(2); 31-36.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22849020 -- Short, N. M. The final frontier. Nurs Econ. May-June, 2012 30(3); 185-6.
  • 2013 -- (Raleigh, NC) Doctors want more from Medicaid (features Nancy Short) February 11, 2013 .
  • 2006 -- O'Grady, E. Powerful lessons for nurses learned from a year on Capitol Hill [Interview with Nancy M. Short]. Nurse Practitioner World News. 2006 11(12); 1, 16-17.
  • 2007 -- Vogell, H. More minute clinics ahead for CVS. [Interview with Nancy M. Short]. The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution. July 30, 2007 .
  • 2012 -- O'Grady, E. T. From the desk of Eileen T. O'Grady: Looking toward the horizon. [recognition of Nancy Short and Duke University School of Nursing’s mentored DNP student advocacy videos on YouTube]. Nurse Practitioner World News. 2012 Jan./Feb. 17(1/2); 4.
  • 2011 -- O'Dell, D. A message to all members of the Doctors of Nursing Practice organization. [recognition of Nancy Short and Duke University School of Nursing’s mentored student advocacy videos on YouTube] Doctors of Nursing Practice online community. November 28, 2011 .
  • 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 -- 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 -- 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 .
  • 2010 -- King, C. A. and Denman, S. and Short, N. Quality Improvement Collaborative Helps Clinic Serving the Uninsured to Significantly Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening and Smoking Cessation Education (Agency for Health Research and Quality Innovation Exchange listing). Agency for Health Research and Quality Innovation Exchange. 2010 .
  • 2012 -- Short, N. M. Interviewed by Dr. Diana Mason for radio WBAI, New York City. Health StylesRadio program (sponsored by Center for Health Media and Policy, Hunter College) March 15, 2012 .
  • 2006 -- Short, N. M. Looking beyond our healthcare myth. Duke University News website. March 7, 2006 .
  • 2011 -- Short, N. M. Twitter feed @profshort [Health policy content]. 2011 - ongoing .
  • 2011 -- Short, N. M. YouTube channel profshort1 [Health policy advocacy videos by DNP students in N652 (Transforming the Nation’s Health).] 2011 - ongoing .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
  • Distance Based MSN in Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Division of Nursing
    07/2003 to 06/2006
    Role: Faculty
    Project Goal: Increase access and revise the existing program at the DUSON to address the critical shortage of nursing leaders in rural and underserved areas by preparing APRNs who practice as nurse executives in health system leadership positions
  • Nursing Leadership Program in Cyprus
    04/2003 to 08/2003
    Role: Faculty
    Project Goal: To develop intra-country communication and development in nursing leadership among Turkish and Greek Cypriot nurses.
  • Partnerships For Training
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    10/1997 to 09/2001
    Role: Coordinator
    Project Goal: Develop and implement innovative distance learning for nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants in rural North Carolina.
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