Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing
Role: Administrator


She is the Editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Her published work focuses on therapeutic relationships, various environments of care, and the mental and physical health of truckers. Dr. Shattell is an active social media user, content developer, and public thought leader. She has published op-eds in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Hill, Health Affairs Blog, Huffington Post, PBS, and others. She received a PhD in nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a Master of Science degree in nursing from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, also from Syracuse University.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I’m from a blue collar, working class family and I wanted to get a job. And, this is the truth, New York State was offering grants of $250/semester to those who chose nursing as a career. I needed the money. That said, I’ve come a long way since then. First master’s degree and then PhD in nursing. I love nursing, teaching, and research.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I get to work with really smart, hardworking colleagues in the College of Nursing and beyond — lots of stars and no primadonnas.

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

Mentoring and sponsorship is a responsibility. I need to give back for the wonderful mentoring that I’ve received over the years.

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

You can contact her through email. Her email is

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

Tap dancing, learning Portuguese, riding my Vespa scooter, jumping rope, Netflix-binge-watcher.