Meet the DNP Director
Heidi M. Shank, DNP, MSN, RN
Director of DNP Program
Assistant Professor & Faculty, College of Nursing
With more than 30 years of experience meeting client needs in a variety of health care settings, Dr. Heidi M. Shank and the Lourdes University College of Nursing have designed an excellent accredited program for master’s-prepared RNs. Dr. Shank has risen in higher education ranks. She is pleased to direct a DNP program that focuses on the holistic development of nurses prepared in roles that directly influence health outcomes.
Particular emphasis is placed on the spiritual, psychosocial and physical health of vulnerable populations and communities. Students will also learn the skills of population health and global advocacy involving social policy as well as business planning for program development, implementation and evaluation.
Dr. Shank earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Indirect-Nursing Leadership from The University of Toledo and Wright State University Consortium. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Indiana, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Spring Arbor University in Michigan and an Associates in Nursing degree from Owens Technical College in Rossford, Ohio.
As a Board of Director member and Secretary of the Northwest Ohio Nurses Association, member of the Ohio Nurses Association Speakers Bureau and the American Nurses Association, Dr. Shank recognizes the strong value of service within the nursing community. She has held administrative positions with several organizations including the Greater Toledo Area Chapter and the American Association of Critical-care Nurses, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Genoa Coterie Club.
Well respected in the healthcare profession, Dr. Shank has presented at numerous conferences in seven states in the U.S. and Nicaragua. She has contributed expert articles in several journals including American Journal of Disaster Medicine, Ohio Nurse and Lippincott Nursing Solutions. In 2018, a “Father of all strokes Case Study” is set for future publication in the American Journal of Nursing.
Throughout her career in higher education, Dr. Shank has developed pedagogy, created program and course curriculum, and successfully received grant funding to provide equipment for disaster preparedness. She has collaborated with colleagues in program and grant submissions, poster presentations, research and writing, and was selected as one of the Study Hospital co-Chairs for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Transitions to Practice Initiative.
Dr. Shank currently is a Professional Issues and Tele-health Panelist and member for the American Nurses Association as well as a Member, Scholarship Reviewer, and Community Service Committee Member for Zeta Theta Chapter-at-Large, Toledo. She served on the BSN Subcommittee for Ohio Values Veterans, the Ohio Deans and Director’s Opioid Task Force, and was the Appointed Regional Chapter Advisor (Region 9 – Ohio & Indiana) for three years for the American Association of Critical-care Nurses, and a Circle of Excellence Reviewer and Research Reviewer for the National Teaching Institute American Association of Critical Care Nurses in Aleijo Vista, CA.
Prior to her current position at Lourdes University, Dr. Shank served as a College of Nursing Advisory Council Member.