Kathryn Shaffer EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CCFP

Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, College of Nursing

Dr. Kathryn Shaffer is a nurse leader with more than 25 years in the field. She is faculty at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an associate professor and former associate dean for strategic initiatives and innovation of the Jefferson College of Nursing, where she has been a faculty member since 2007. Dr. Shaffer holds a secondary appointment in Jefferson's College of Population Health and has worked with its faculty, as well as Jefferson's School of Business, to provide transdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities for interprofessional healthcare students, serving some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable populations. As associate dean, Dr. Shaffer’s focus was on implementing the college’s mission and vision by developing partnerships that advance nursing education and the profession of nursing. Dr. Shaffer has helped ensure that all JCN undergraduate students are mental health first aid certified and trained in the use of the drug Narcan in addressing opioid overdoses. Dr. Shaffer was instrumental in the creation of Jefferson’s student-run wellness center at Philadelphia’s Broad Street Ministry. Dr. Shaffer received her EdD from the University of Delaware.


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