Shelley Hawkins, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, GNP, FAANP

Professor & Associate Dean


Shelley Hawkins, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, GNP, FAANP

IHSD 7514


Dr. Shelley Y. Hawkins is Professor and Associate Dean at Texas Woman's University College of Nursing Dallas campus. Her career in nursing education extends beyond three decades with previous faculty and administrative appointments at both research-intensive public and private universities including University of Connecticut, Yale University, University of Virginia, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Auburn University. She completed a Post-Doctorate Fellowship at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill focused on management and treatment of chronic illnesses. Dr. Hawkins earned a PhD in Nursing Administration/Nursing Education, MSN in Adult Health/Nursing Education, and BSN all from University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed a post-graduate FNP certificate from University of Virginia and GNP certificate from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her program of research includes use of telehealth to deliver patient-centered care focused on developing and nurturing self-care behaviors with adult heart failure patients. In 2007, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Hawkins has extensive experience with curriculum and evaluation processes especially related to DNP and MSN NP academic programs. She developed and led faculty development programs. Dr. Hawkins was President of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (CCEN) of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Currently, she is Director of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Leadership Mentoring Program. In 2020, she was selected for the AACN Wharton Executive Leadership Program.


Ph.D., Nursing Education/Administration (DSN conversion/2013 with Honors), University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Postdoctoral Studies, Business of Health Care Specialization (Financial Acumen for Non-Financial Managers), University of Pennsylvania AACN/Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA
Postdoctoral Studies, Post-Doctoral Fellow, T32 NRSA Grant, Interventions Prevent/Manage Chronic Illnesses, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Post-Masters, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Post-Masters, Web-Based Nursing Course Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Post-Masters, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
M.S.N., Nursing-Teaching/Adult Health Cum Laude, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
B.S.N., Nursing with Honors, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Research Interests

Telehealth and Remote Monitoring for Patient-Centered Care; Nursing Education Preparation and Graduate Outcomes: Teaching Strategies and Evaluation Methods

Latest Articles

Improving patient self-care and reducing readmissions through an outpatient heart failure case management program
Professional Case Management (2017)
C Ensign, Shelley Hawkins

Home telehealth adoption by heart failure patients: A concept analysis
Journal of Managed Care Nursing (2016)
T Thomason, Shelley Hawkins

Recurring UTI in a midlife woman: Complex factors and findings warrant further investigation
Advance for NPs & PAs (2016)
S Klein, Shelley Hawkins

An innovative capstone healthcare informatics residency: Interprofessional team collaboration
Health Informatics Journal (2016)
L Custis, Shelley Hawkins, T Thomason

A multimodal technology intervention for heart failure patients to reduce readmissions
Clinical Nursing Studies (2016)
Shelley Yerger Hawkins, T Thomason, C Steen, D Glaser

Enrollment of veterans into a heart failure home telehealth program
Home Health Care Management and Practice (2015)
L Brainerd, Shelley Hawkins

Transition after breast cancer treatment: Implementing survivorship care plans
Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship (2015)
S Klein, Shelley Hawkins

A feasibility study for a post-hospital telehealth intervention for lower urinary symptoms in adults with heart failure
Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (2015)
M Palmer, C Marquez, L Yin, Shelley Hawkins, F Smith

Home telehealth and hospital admissions: A retrospective OASIS-C data analysis
Home Healthcare Now (2015)
T Thomason, Shelley Hawkins, K Perkins, E. Hamilton, B Nelson

Externally Funded Projects

Lucile W. & George R. Pattullo Fund Grant
The Dallas Foundation | $7,500.00 | 2020
Role: Principal Investigator

Johanniter Humanitarian Group (JHG) Tutoring & Student Success Grant
Johanniter Humanitarian Group (JHG) | $15,000.00 | 2020
Role: Principal Investigator

Lucile W. & George R. Pattullo Fund Grant
The Dallas Foundation | $7,524.00 | 2019
Role: Principal Investigator

Hypertension Telehealth Impact on Making San Diego a Heart Attack and Stroke Free Zone (teleIMPACT) Year 3 of 3
CMS Innovation Center | 2018
Role: Collaborator

Development of e-Health Hispanic Heart Failure Self-Care Intervention Modules
USD School of Nursing & Health Science Faculty Research Incentive Grant | $10,000.00 | 2016
Role: Principal Investigator

Implementing a Telehealth Program for
USD School of Nursing & Health Science Faculty Research Incentive Grant | $7,500.00 | 2015
Role: Principal Investigator

Multimodal Technology Intervention for Heart Failure Patient Self-Care to Reduce Readmissions
USD School of Nursing & Palomar Health Partnership | $18,000.00 | 2015
Role: Principal Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Nurses Association
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs (TADDPNP)
  • Texas DNP Organization
  • Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education (TOBGNE)