Jeanette Shelly, RN, MS, FNP, has joined Western University of Health

Sciences’ (WesternU) College of Graduate Nursing as the Campus and

Clinical Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Nursing.

She has more than 30 years of experience in family practice, urgent care,

emergency nursing, neurology, cardiology, research, pediatrics, parish

nursing and teaching. Her son, Mark Shelly, DO, is a 1998 graduate of

WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP).

“”Five years ago I came here as a parent to learn about WesternU and I was

blown away,”” Shelly said. “”The spirit and the philosophy emphasize family,

and as a nurse I was impressed by the curriculum and thought I certainly

would like to be involved here.””

The College of Graduate Nursing offers an Internet-based Master of Science

in Nursing/ Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) degree program, as well as

a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree for current nurse

practitioners and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate for nurses

already prepared with a master’s degree.

In her various roles, Shelly will keep students updated about on-campus

events, help to identify new rotation sites and teach several classes.

She said her goal is to network with as many people as possible to spread

the word about the College’s various programs.

“”I want to be a resource to students and other members of the community,

and help them understand the role of NPs,”” Shelly said.

According to Karen Hanford, MSN/FNP, PA-C, program director and acting

dean, Shelly will help oversee College of Graduate Nursing programs at

WesternU’s Pomona campus. Until this fall, those programs had only been

offered out of the University’s regional center in Chico, California.

“”Jeanette is motivated, enthusiastic, and well respected in the community.

Her strong clinical skills will also be an asset to our program,”” Hanford


Shelly lives in Irvine. She enjoys outdoor activities near the water, and

is a California native who staunchly supports the UCLA Bruins. Her son,

Mark, lives in Virginia with his wife, Kendra.