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Mona Shattell
Dr. Mona Shattell is a registered nurse, scientist, professor, and author. She currently is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing. She studies mental health-related issues including psychiatric treatment environments, patient-provider relationships, and the mental health of various vulnerable populations. She is an Associate Editor of Issues in Mental Health Nursing and Advances in Nursing Science, and the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Entries by Mona Shattell

Nurses Oppose Political Interference in Reproductive Health Care

(11) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 9:16 AM

Today, the nation's highest court will hear Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that will determine whether the state of Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state, placing countless women at risk of serious harm and forcing health professionals to provide substandard...

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'Mid-Level' and Primary Care 'Providers': Nomenclature That Stings

(13) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 6:50 PM

"They call us 'providers,'" a physician said to one of us today. He went on to say, "We aren't even 'doctors' anymore. We're 'high-level providers' [pointing to himself] and you're 'mid-level' providers."

I suppose we are. The authors of this post are nurses, with Ph.D.s. Some of us are nurse...

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With No State Budget, Community Mental Health in Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 8:18 PM

Co-authored by Ann Fisher Raney, AM, LCSW, chief executive officer at Turning Point, Skokie, IL and Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, member of the Board of Directors at Turning Point; and professor and chairperson of the department of community, systems, and mental health nursing at Rush University, Chicago, IL.


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'Tis the Season for At-Risk Drinking: A Reminder to Health Care Providers -- Screen, Intervene and Refer

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 10:11 AM

During the holiday season at-risk alcohol use is common, either because of holiday parties and celebrations or in response to stressors such as grief and loss, depression or financial troubles.

There tend to be more opportunities to drink alcohol at social events and in other venues. For example, in...

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How to Infuse Social Media into a Conference of Tech-Naive Attendees

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 5:03 PM

Conferences have long been opportunities to connect, share information, develop new working relationships and uncover new ways to approach solutions to vexing problems. Before the widespread use of technology and social media, that information was limited to those in attendance. Even then, connecting with other attendees could be difficult. Anyone...

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Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

(14) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 2:25 PM

We applaud Payton Head, the president of the Missouri Student Association, as he calls for discussion on systematic oppression on the University of Missouri campuses. We'd encourage students and faculty at the University to also start a university-wide conversation about the oppression of academic freedom when...

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Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 7:11 PM

Co-authored by Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor at the University of California San Francisco, and Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

It was with great interest that we saw the title of a recent editorial "Scientists and Social...

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Twitter Basics: 5 Simple Steps to Get You Started

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 10:24 PM

Co-authored by Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor at the University of California San Francisco, and Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

First things first: what's Twitter? Twitter is a microblogging, content-sharing social media website, which is one of the most...

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What Are the Five Best Practices for Tweeting From Conferences?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 5:05 PM

Co-authored by Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor at the University of California San Francisco, and Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. McLemore's good friend and colleague, Steph Herold, Deputy Director for The Sea Change Program developed...

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Why Nurses Need Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 3:16 PM

Co-authored by Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

As scientists, early and mid-career academics, practicing nurses, and educators, we don't have a lot of free time. But...

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The Growing Right Arm of For-Profit Prisons

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 2:57 PM

Co-authored by Sarah Callahan

The US incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. The unprecedented increase in our prison populations happened over the last 30 years, and in part is because of the prison industrial complex and the private prison industry that profits from (and contributes to)...

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'Institutionalizing' Recovery in Mental Health Care

(3) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:17 PM

Co-authored by Linda Beeber, Ph.D., RN, CS, FAAN, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Madeline A. Naegle, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor at New York University

Does the U.S. need more "asylums" to treat or house persons with severe mental illness? A recent article...

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Registered Nurses Are Ebola Fighters and Scientists/Researchers

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:03 PM

This post was co-authored by Dr. Kimberly Baltzell, Director, University of California San Fransiciso School of Nursing, Center for Global Health.

Registered nurses are many of "The Ebola Fighters," which just last week TIME magazine named as the 2014 Person of the Year. To the vast majority of...

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Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Too much attention is paid to violence perpetuated by persons with mental illness and the associated solutions that focus on control and coercion. I'm writing in response to Steven Seager's op-ed titled "Where Hell is Other Patients" that was published in the New York Times on Nov. 10,...

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What Hazmat Suits, Ray Rice, and the Washington Redskins Have in Common With Human Trafficking

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 2:13 PM

Co-authored by Jaclyn Houston

Leading up to Halloween, there has been a surplus of offensive costumes floating around on the internet -- hazmats suits for Ebola, dressing up like members of ISIS, and making light of domestic violence by dressing up as former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray...

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From Music Festivals to College Campuses: Trans* and Women's Communities

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 9:14 PM

Co-authored by Elizabeth McConnell

Some of you may have read the article "When Women Become Men at Wellesley," authored by Ruth Padawer, in last week's New York Times Magazine. Padawer skillfully and thoughtfully brings to light the challenges related to transgender students at Wellesley College and other women's...

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Setting the Record Straight on Sexual Assaults on Campus

(17) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Sexual assaults on college campuses have been in the news of late, since the Department of Education released the names of 55 universities and colleges under investigation for allegations that they mishandled sexual violence complaints on their campuses.

College-aged victims of sexual assault and student activist groups have...

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Building a Transmedia Project for Young Adults With Mental Illness, Their Families and Their Health Care Providers

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Co-authored by Anuradha Rana, MFA, MA, instructor in digital cinema, and Doris C. Rusch, Ph.D., assistant professor for game design at DePaul University.

Transmedia has become a catchy word often heard at media conferences, academic symposia, glass enclosed conference rooms of ad agencies and the milieu of creative firms that...

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How Video Games Can Improve Dialogue on Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Co-authored by Doris C. Rusch, Ph.D., assistant professor for game design, and Anuradha Rana, MFA, MA, instructor in digital cinema at DePaul University.

The darkness is closing in around you. You know what to do to make it stop, to keep the rising anxiety at bay -- you perform the...

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How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Co-authored by Doris C. Rusch, PhD, Assistant Professor for Game Design, and Anuradha Rana, MFA, MA, Instructor in Digital Cinema at DePaul University

Interdisciplinary research is all the rage in higher education. Faculty members are encouraged to conduct research with interdisciplinary teams. These interdisciplinary teams and the research that comes...

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