Shawn Zembles, DNP, APRN, CEN, CCRN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC

Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor
Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Specialist Program

E-mail: zembless@missouri.edu

Phone: 720-255-4904

Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO  65211

Nursing Specialty

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)- Emergency/Trauma/Critical Care

Interest Areas

  • Chronic disease management: Preventing hospital re-admissions
  • Pain management: Alternatives to opioid use
  • Innovations in addiction support: SBIRT, MAT, and acute alcohol withdraw
  • At-risk patients: Safety sitter competency
  • Epidemiology: Emerging infectious diseases

Education

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), University of Missouri- Kansas City, MO
  • Master of Science- Nursing (MSN), University of Missouri- Kansas City, MO
  • Bachelor of Science- Nursing (BSN), Graceland University- Independence, MO

Area of Doctoral Study

  • Chronic disease epidemiology

Biographical Information

Shawn Zembles started his career in healthcare as an EMT and Paramedic working in a high volume 911 EMS system.  He graduated from the nursing program at the University of the State of New York-Albany (ADN) and Graceland University (BSN). He completed graduate school (MSN) at the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) and a clinical doctorate (DNP) also from UMKC.  He has worked in both the rural, underserved hospital setting and at multiple urban, Level One emergency-trauma centers.  He has also worked as a helicopter flight nurse where he ultimately held the position of Chief Flight Nurse and Director of Clinical Operations for eight helicopter bases throughout the central United States.  Dr. Zembles has served 31 years in the US Air Force where he led numerous medical and humanitarian initiatives to include serving as the senior NATO advisor for the Afghan Nurse Training Initiative and as the Chief Nurse for an expeditionary medical response team during the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Dr. Zembles keeps current in his clinical practice today by working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, MO and most recently as the Emergency Services Clinical Nurse Specialist for Saint Anthony Hospital in Denver, CO.   He has received multiple awards and appointments to include Faculty of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Clinical Scholar, and Faculty Scholar.  In 2018, he earned the Nursing Excellence Award for New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvements by St. Anthony Hospital and in 2019 was a Nightingale Luminary Award Nominee through the Colorado Nurses Foundation. Dr. Zembles is certified as an emergency nurse (CEN), critical care nurse (CCRN), nursing professional development specialist (RN-BC), and in advanced practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health (ACNS-BC).  

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Zembles is experienced as a traditional lecturer and is certified in online instruction.  As an experienced clinician, he provides direct clinical oversight to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate-level nursing degrees.  Dr. Zembles has spent a considerable amount of his research time directed towards sepsis and chronic disease management.  Focused primarily on illness and disease prevention, chronic disease exacerbation, and on hospital readmissions, he has led multiple sepsis initiatives as well as two pilot programs that ended with zero readmissions based on CMS guidelines for chronic disease.  With a special interest in underserved and minority populations, he has developed an effective patient education and self-management tool specific to CHF, COPD, MI, and Pneumonia using the Traffic Light conceptual model.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • N8710 Clinical Management of Acute & Critical Care Problems
  • N8720 Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness
  • N8920 Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes
  • N9070 DNP Clinical Residency

Selected Grants

  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with Implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), (2019)
    • Organization: Community First Foundation
    • Grant amount: $120,000
    • Role: Consultant, Site Coordinator, and Subject Matter Expert
  • Military Medic to BSN Initiative, (2017)
    • Organization: MO Center for Nursing
    • Grant amount: $100,000
    • Role: Co-Chair, Consultant, and Subject Matter Expert
  • Nursing Workforce Diversity, (2016)
    • Organization: Health Resources and Services Administration-HRSA
    • Grant amount: $350,000
    • Role: Consultant, Transitional Care Coordinator, and Subject Matter Expert
  • University Course Design: Introduction to Social Justice, (2013)
    • Organization: University of Missouri- Kansas City
    • Grant amount: $3,000
    • Role: Project Director
  • Medical Text Translation for Afghan National Army Medical Personnel, (2012)
    • Organization: Armed Forces Academy of Medical Sciences
    • Grant Amount: $50,000
    • Role: PI, Site Coordinator, and Subject Matter Expert
  • Gun Safety Locks and Preventing Accidental Discharge, (2010)
    • Organization: Midwest Trauma Society
    • Grant Amount: $5,000
    • Role: PI and Site Coordinator, and Subject Matter Expert

Special Appointments

  • Colorado Hospital Association- Alternative to Opioid Project: Pain Pathway Trainer
  • Colorado Hospital Association- Sepsis Education Alliance
  • Commission of Professors of Adult Education
  • Commission for Community, Minority, and Non-Formal Education
  • Commission for Distance Learning and Technology
  • Commission for International Adult Education
  • Military Training Network
  • Missouri Center for Nursing- Military Medic to BSN Committee
  • Missouri State Advisory Council- Aero-Medical Steering Committee
  • University of Missouri Graduate and Doctoral Faculty

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Emergency Nurse’s Association
  • Midwest Critical Care Collaborative
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Sepsis Coordinator Network

Honors and Awards

  • Nightingale Luminary Award Nominee, Colorado Nurses Foundation (2019)
  • Nurse Excellence Award- New Knowledge and Innovation, St. Anthony Hospital (2018)
  • Nurse of the Year Nominee, St. Anthony Hospital (2018)
  • Faculty Scholar, University of Missouri (2014)
  • Clinical Scholar, Carondelet Health System (2013)
  • Mentor of the Year, St. Mary’s Medical Center (2012)
  • Faculty of the Year, University of Missouri- Kansas City Student Nurses Association (2011)
  • Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award Nominee for Exceptional Service, Sacrifice, & Innovation (2010)

Selected Publications, Abstracts, and Reviews

  • Zembles, S. (2019). Collaborative Clinical Internship: Innovations in BSN clinical education and on-boarding through specialty immersion. Abstract submitted to the Association for Nursing Professional Development- 2020 National Conference.
  • Beyer, C. & Zembles, S. (2019). Reducing the variability of emergency severity index levels in triage by using weekly real-life case studies. Abstract submitted to the Emergency Nurse’s Association- 2019 National ENA Conference.
  • Zembles, S. (2019). Collaborative Clinical Internship: Bridging the gap between BSN education and new employee onboarding. Abstract submitted to the Centura Health Research and Evidenced-Based Practice Council- 2019 Regional Conference.
  • Zembles, S. (2019). Abstract reviewer for: National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 2019 Annual Conference- A Catalyst for Product Change: The CNS.
  • Miller, L.C., Russell, C.L., Cheng, A-L., & Zembles, S.L. (2018). Testing the efficacy of a scaffolded writing intervention with online degree-completion nursing students: A quasi-experimental design, Nurse Education in Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2018.06.011
  • Zembles, S. (2018). Code Anaphylaxis: A review and implementation of best practice. Abstract submitted to the Emergency Nurse’s Association- 2018 National ENA Conference.
  • Zembles, S. (2018). Increasing patient throughput: Outcomes of an emergency department observation unit. Abstract submitted to the Emergency Nurses Association- 2018 National ENA Conference.
  • Zembles, S. (2018). Putting the pieces together: Clinical Nurse Specialists bridging the gaps in healthcare. Abstract submitted to the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist- 2018 National CNS Conference.
  • Zembles, S. (2018). Text reviewer for: Story, L., Pathophysiology: A Practical Approach, (4th). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Zembles, S. (2018) Improving emergency department patient throughput: A nurse lead PI initiative. Abstract submitted to the American Nurse’s Credential Center- 2018 National Magnet Conference.
  • Zembles, S. (2017) Military Medic to BSN Partnership Program Brief. Missouri Center for Nursing website, https://www.mocenterfornursing.org/military-medic.aspx
  • Zembles, S. (2015). Text reviewer for: Jones, J. & Fix, B. Critical care notes: Clinical pocket guide (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: FA Davis.
  • Zembles, S. (2013). Project RED-CHF: A reengineered discharge quality improvement project. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 27(2). https://journals.lww.com/cns-journal/Fulltext/2013/03000/2013_NACNS_Annual_Conference__Clinical_Nurse.13.aspx

Selected Presentations

  • Zembles, S. (2019). Collaborative Clinical Internship: Bridging the gap in BSN education and new employee onboarding. Podium presentation, Centura Health’s Annual Evidenced Based Practice, Research, and Innovation Conference: Stronger Together. Denver University, Denver, CO.
  • Beyer, C. & Zembles, S. (2019). Reducing variability of emergency severity index levels in triage by using weekly real-life case studies. Poster presentation, Emergency Nurses Association National Conference. Austin, TX.
  • Zembles, S. (2018). Chronic disease prevention: From sick care to health care. Panel presentation, GlobalMindED International Conference, Health Track.  Denver, CO.
  • Zembles, S. (2017). Increasing patient throughput: Outcomes of an emergency department observation unit. Podium presentation, Centura Health’s Annual Evidenced Based Practice, Research, and Innovation Conference: A Decade of Leading Excellence. Denver University, Denver, CO.
  • Zembles, S. (2017). Foliotek electronic portfolio: Implementation in on-line BSN completion program. Podium presentation, University of Missouri- Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching.  Kansas City, MO.
  • Zembles, S. (2013). Project Red: Reducing readmissions in the chronic disease population.  Podium presentation, The CNS: Leading Innovations for Health Care Change Annual Conference, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist, San Antonio, TX.
  • Zembles, S. & Crumley, C. (2012). Clinical Nurse Specialists’ impact on quality of care. Virtual poster presentation, ANCC Magnet Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Zembles, S. (2011). Project Red: Development of a team approach to reducing readmissions. Podium presentation, Missouri Hospital Association, Kansas City, MO.