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

Associate Professor

  • Brief Bio

    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

    Education

    DrPHUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
    MBADuke University, Fuqua School of Business
    BSNDuke 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).

    Clinical Interests

    Dr. Short’s experiences encompass almost four decades of bedside clinical nursing as well as management and academic roles. As associate executive director of the North Carolina Nurses Association (1995-98), Dr. Short was an advocate for issues facing the nurse workforce in the state as well as underserved populations and served on numerous statewide workgroups. As a partner in a consulting firm, Dr. Short was hired by 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. She has delivered leadership and quality management training to maternal-child public health leaders in North Carolina.

    Dr. Short is a nationally known speaker with experience teaching research methods to health professionals in Moshi, Tanzania and leadership topics to Turkish and Greek nurses in Nicosia, Cyprus. In March 2013, she was invited to present at the Global Health and Nursing (Fudan University) in Shanghai, China about translating research into health policy.

    Her work with AcademyHealth includes leadership on the Workforce Special Interest Group Board of Advisors, the Annual Research Meeting poster review and selection committee, and chairing an invited panel of health services researchers at the 2013 meeting.

    She was appointed by the Durham County Commissioners to serve as the nurse representative on the Durham (N.C.) County Board of Health (2012-2014). In 2013 she began a three year term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Local Boards of Health where she also serves on the Performance Standards and Accreditation Committee.

    Dr. Short's Twitter feed is @profshort.