WWU names director of new nursing degree program

Casey Shillam has been named director of Western Washington University’s new bachelor’s degree program in nursing.

Shillam, who was hired after a nationwide search, will begin at WWU in July.

The nursing program, offered through the university’s Woodring College of Education, begins fall 2013. It is designed to allow associate-degree nurses who have completed their pre-licensure registered nurse studies to complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing .

Shillam, who will be a tenured faculty member at Woodring College, has experience in clinical nursing practice, health care policy and nursing education.

She has bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in nursing from the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.  She was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis.

Shillam is currently an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, and was previously an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Portland.

Shillam is a registered nurse, and her clinical nursing experience includes nursing case management for clients in assisted living facilities, home health care nursing and staff nursing in a skilled nursing facility.

WWU is collaborating with a number of partners in its new nursing program, including PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College and Skagit Valley College.

For more information, visit www.wwu.edu/bsn, email bsn.info@wwu.edu or call 360-650-6700.

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