2019 Laureate: Shelley Neil Watters, DNP, RN

Carlow Laureate Shelley Neil Watters, DNP, RN

Shelley Watters has been working in the nursing profession since 1987. Her title is Senior Director of Cultural Excellence and Program Director of Magnet at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. Fostering professional development, nursing research, and promoting evidence-based practice and leadership in nursing is a passion. She has had the success of implementing a Shared Leadership Professional Practice model to further impact nursing leadership at the bedside.

In 2006 she began her journey of working with the nurses at UPMC Shadyside to obtain Magnet designation. They have since been designated twice, and are currently working on a third Magnet designation. Nurse engagement has been an area of interest and she has written successful small grants to support work in this area. Shelley has been invited to various conferences and classrooms, locally and internationally to share her leadership philosophy on health care reform, how it impacts the bedside nurse and how nurses must not only be informed but also have access to organizational resources that impact their delivery of care. She obtained a graduate degree in nursing with focus on Nursing Leadership and Organizational Development (2004) and completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in August of 2008. She has presented her work nationally and internationally and continues to serve on editorial review boards, serve as adjunct faculty teaching leadership and health care policy courses, as well as serving on the educational board for Southwestern Professional Organization of Nurse Leaders. 


 Carlow University has named five distinguished alumni as its 2019 Carlow Laureates, the university’s most prestigious alumni award.

“Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics, or through community service,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. “Recipients of this award are lasting tributes to their own professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the best ways they can.”

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