DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, CHPN, CCRN-K, director, nursing education and product management, American Nurses Association
Dr. Jennifer Shepherd is a registered nurse leader with an extensive and progressive background across diverse settings, including community-based and acute care health systems as well as not-for-profit and for-profit health care organizations. Shepherd has served as a member of clinical leadership in roles dedicated to professional development and analytics, leading teams to cultivate and implement innovative strategies and ensuring the achievement of organizational goals. She currently serves as director, Nursing Education & Product Management for the American Nurses Association. She previously served in clinical education roles for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Capital Caring Health, Community Health Accreditation Partner, Nurse.com, HealthStream and CEBroker/EverCheck.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Shepherd went back to the bedside as a staff nurse, providing support and delivering high-level acute care to hospice patients and families in the inpatient setting. Her experience in academia includes a role as adjunct faculty for George Mason University in the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, where she teaches pediatrics and maternal child health.
Shepherd is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in nursing professional development and as a nurse executive, advanced, in hospice and palliative care by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and in pediatric critical care by the American Association of Critical Care Nursing. She previously served on the Virginia Nurses Association Board as commissioner of workforce issues and currently holds a position on Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board. Shepherd holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing, a Master of Science in nursing, a master’s in healthcare administration, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Her doctoral dissertation, COVID-19 and Hospice Care: Self-Care and the Effect on Compassion Fatigue and Patient Outcomes, focused on the link and challenges between compassion fatigue, self-care and quality outcomes among hospice clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.