Barbara Shaw, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor 
Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing
Role: Clinician and Faculty
Joined Rush in 2015


I have worked as a family nurse practitioner in community health for over 30 years, primarily serving immigrants, refugees and people with disabilities across the spectrum. Prior to this, I studied medical anthropology both in the US and abroad. I have a background in health informatics as well.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I was inspired to become a nurse practitioner because it is an important way to put social justice into action.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work as part of a team that is committed to excellence in education and to the exploration of creative ways to constantly improve what we offer students.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I have mentored many students and new nurse practitioners. It is essential for the growth of the profession to support those who are just entering it.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Be focused, but open to change, continual learning and self-reflection. If you want to give the best to your patients, take care of yourself!

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy gardening, reading, watching movies, spending time with animals and traveling!