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Shana Cureton, MSN, RN

Assistant Site Director of Indiana Online Programs
Assistant Professor

(317) 794-4504
Indianapolis Site, 9002 Purdue Rd, Ste 400


Shana loves of technology, curricular design, and creating engaging teaching strategies. She is the “techie professor”.

Shana critical care experiences included patients with cardiothoracic, left ventricular assistive devices (LVAD), and medically fragile in the school setting.

She has have twelve years of experience catering to the complex needs of learners in higher education. 
For the last seven years, she have focused on preparing the next generation of undergraduate nursing students with agape-based teaching philosophy.

She have taught a cadre of traditional, hybrid, and online nursing courses, from health assessment to nursing informatics.  Her extensive knowledge of Learning Management Systems such as Canvas, Blackboard, Sakai, and Shadow Health, helps keep lectures and online courses engaging and relevant.


  • Ph.D. in Nursing Science, Indiana University School of Nursing at IUPUI
  • Master's in Nursing Education, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2014
  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, University of Cincinnati, 2008
  • Associates in Nursing, Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science, 2005

Work History

  • University of Indianapolis, 2018-2020
  • Indiana University School of Nursing at IUPUI, 2014-2018
  • ATA College, 2012-2014
  • Brown Mackie College, 2009-2012

Professional Affiliations

  • Sigma Theta Tau Internation, Alpha Chapter
  • National League for Nursing
  • Exceptional Nurse
  • National Student Nurses Association

Area of Expertise

  • Cardiacthoracic Acute Care

Teaching Interests

  • First Year and Senior Year courses
  • Pharmacology
  • Fundamentals
  • Assessment
  • Med-Surg
  • Critical Care

Research Interests

As a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and Ph.D. student at Indiana University School of Nursing, Shana investigate factors that influence African American nursing student retention, nursing workforce diversity, and student engagement. She plans to study how students perceive faculty support and the moderators that influence student engagement and attrition. Her passion for advocating for diverse and at-risk populations, dedication to servant leadership, and teaching philosophy is congruent with the mission, vision, and values of Marian University.

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