Dr. Lynda Shand
Dr. Lynda Shand received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and began her nursing career at Children's Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. An M.A. in nursing education from New York University allowed her to combine her interests in pediatric nursing and teaching in many diverse settings. Care of children is still her specialty and passion. She completed her Ph.D. from NYU while working as a research nurse affiliated with the National Institutes of Health in the area of maternal-child HIV/AIDS.
A residency as Faculty Scholar at the Harvard Center for Palliative Care served to coalesce decades of experience caring for children with life-threatening diseases. Following this, Dr. Shand participated in the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is certified to provide this training in various settings. Subsequently, she earned the title of Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
Her areas of teaching include Pediatrics, Graduate Nursing Education, and Palliative Care. She is one of the first nurse educators distinguished by the National League of Nursing as a Certified Nurse Education (CNE).
The focus of her current scholarly work is educational gaming, and she presented her work, "Decreasing the Distance: Expanding the Use of Virtual Reality in Nursing," at the National League for Nursing Summit in 2010. As a Faculty Scholar-in-Residence at NYU, she developed a prototype for an educational board game on grief and grieving. She served on a college advisory group spearheading online education and created and taught the first online courses in the RN-BSN program.
Dr. Shand's most recent publications include a chapter titled "Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies: Don't Ask, Don't Tell," in Cancer and End-of-Life, published by the Hospice Foundation of America; and "When Does It Get Easier?" in The Forum, published by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.