Sarah Shannon, PhD, RN

Sarah Shannon, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7266


Dr. Shannon's area of scholarship is health care ethics, specifically end-of-life decisions. Research studies have used both qualitative and quantitative methods and include family's experiences with surrogate decision-making for dying loved ones, organizational patterns of dying in critical care, improving communication between the health care team and families around end-of-life decision-making.


Dr. Shannon serves as an advisor to both masters and doctoral students and as a mentor on thesis and doctoral committees. She teaches a popular undergraduate ethics course for nursing and other health care professional students, a course on role transition and ethics in clinical practice for advance practice genetics nursing, and has taught a seminar in human health ecology in the doctoral program.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

Dr. Shannon is a long time member of several local hospital ethics committees. She is a regular faculty member of the annual Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics course and the annual Ethics of Research with Humans course, and is a frequent speaker locally on issues in bioethics.

Research Interests: 
Nursing science, ethics
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