faculty profile

Shannon Portis   MSN, RN



Shannon Portis is a Lecturer in Nursing in the Pre-Specialty Program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Teaching in the clinical and laboratory courses for generalist nursing students, Shannon facilitates learning and assists the establishment of nursing foundations, healthcare teamwork and nursing relationships. Shannon is passionate about increasing health literacy among underserved populations, increasing health equity among minority populations, and increasing education concerning the science of patient care and the humanistic approach. She has clinical experience with the Chronically Critically Ill, in High Risk Obstetrics and Gynecology, and General Surgery. Her current practice is in the OB Float Pool where she works in Labor & Delivery, NICU, Antepartum, and Postpartum.


  • MSN, Loyola University New Orleans (Nurse Educator)
  • AAS, Columbia State Community College (Registered Nurse)
  • BSEd., University of Memphis (Health Education)

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • High Risk Obstetrics
  • Maternal Opioid and Substance Abuse
  • Humanistic Approach to Nursing Education

Academic Interests

  • Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical (Obstetrics)