Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Dean Emerita
Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
Research / Discovery
For more than 20 years, Dr. Shaver has conducted funded research in women's health and has published her scientific work in medical, nursing, and sleep journals. She and her team were among the first to study sleep problems as part of menopause transition. Her women's health and sleep science encompasses women with insomnia or a set of debilitating and mysterious conditions disproportionately affecting women, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Dr. Shaver has an abiding interest in developing nursing and healthcare leadership, shaping health systems, and educating the "next generation." Through the Institute for Healthcare Innovation, she and colleagues bring hundreds of leaders together across various health care sectors for the annual Power of Nursing Leadership Event and the Mary Kelly Mullane Symposium.
Recent related talk examples include:
2004: "Faculty Productivity: What is Expected," panel speaker at AACN Doctoral Forum, Captiva Island, FL (Feb. 5th).
2004: "Qualifying as a Transformational Leader," keynote address, American College of Nurse Practitioners 2004 National Nurse Practitioner Summit, Washington, DC (Feb. 7th).
2004: "The Role of Academic Health Centers in Improving the Health of Communities," invited speaker to President's Inaugural Symposium, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX (April 17th).
2004: "Evolving Health Professions Education: A New Order for Nursing?" invited speaker at 65th anniversary celebration, U. of Pittsburgh, PA School of Nursing (May 14th).
2004: "Sleep in Midlife Women," invited speaker at symposium Gender and Sleep, Canadian Sleep Society, Quebec City (May 15th).
2004: "Stress and Sleep: Interactions and Implications for Health," invited speaker for 12th annual Congress on Women's Health (June 7th).
2004: "Evolving Health Professions Education: Envisioning the Future," invited speaker, Grand Valley University, Grand Rapids, Michigan (August 24th).
2004: "Sleep Disorders: Implications for Health, " invited speaker, Illinois Women's Health Conference, Rosemont, IL (Oct.).
2004: "Policy-Making Leadership: IOM Health Professions Education Summit," invited speaker, Hartford Geriatric Nursing Education Leadership Conference. (Oct. 2004)
2004: "Building the Evidence Base for Nursing Practice," invited speaker, Korean Academy of Nursing, Seoul, Korea (Nov.).
2005: "Health Professions Education: Building the Bridges," invited to deliver inaugural Woodward Distinguished Lecture in Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, Hershey, PA (April 25th).
2005: "Sleep in Women: Links to Menopause, Stress and Illness," invited speaker, Nebraska Office of Women's Health, Lincoln, Nebraska (May 11th).
2005: "Women's Sleep: Discoveries Related to Age and Stage," invited speaker, Nebraska Office of Women's Health, Lincoln, Nebraska (May 11th).
2005: "The Shrinking Nursing Workforce," Training in Policy Study (TIPS), Osteopathic postgraduate education program, Chicago, Illinois (June 4th).
2005: "Nursing Degrees for the Future: Challenges and Impact," invited speaker, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, Itasca, Illinois (Sept. 30th).
2005: "Fibromyalgia: Manifestations, Treatment and Functional/Worklife Impact," invited speaker, Illinois Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Peoria, Illinois (Oct. 14th).
2005: "Women and Sleep: The Links with Age, Chronic Stress and Pain," invited speaker, New Jersey Sleep Society, (Nov. 6th).
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Shaver is currently Professor and Dean, College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), a top-ten college of nursing (U.S. News and World Report) currently ranked third in federal funding for nursing research and research training. She holds a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics and a master's in nursing (both from the University of Washington) and a baccalaureate degree (from the University of Alberta).
Dr. Shaver is an Honors College Fellow and teaches leadership, technology and health policy, health ecology perspectives, and biobehavioral research frameworks in various courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Service / Practice
Dr. Shaver currently is a member of the Board of Directors for Advocate HealthCare (the largest integrated health care system in the Chicago area); a member of the Governing Council for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; a member of the Health Advisory Committee for the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research; and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Institute of Medicine Chicago. She is on the educational advisory council for Select Comfort Corporation. Dr. Shaver is immediate past President of the American Academy of Nursing (President, 11/03-11/05) and past member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (ended 01/04).
Joan Shaver was born in Canada, considers herself a Canadian American, and has an American-born son. She likes live theater and walking for miles along Lake Michigan or in the mountains. Each December holiday season at the holiday party, she recites her personally written College "year in review" as a "Twas the night before…" using rhyme (loosely defined)!
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