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Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Associate Teaching Professor Emeritus
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University of Utah

Scholarly Interests

  • Ethics and clinical research
  • Oncology and research interventions
  • Death and end of life issues
  • Spirituality
  • Teaching and learning styles
  • History of nursing and healthcare
  • Decision making in clinical trials
  • Social justice
  • Hope


  • Phase I, II, and III clinical trials
  • Observational
  • Interpretive
  • Content analysis
  • Discourse analysis

Current Research

Metaphors and Ethics in Cancer Research Decision Making


Courses developed:

  • Critical Thinking and Clinical Decision Making (TNURS 350)
  • Interpersonal Communication (TNURS 430)
  • Health, Communities and Populations (TNURS 414 / 415)

Courses taught:

  • VLPA Health Illness Across the Lifespan (THLTH 480)
  • VLPA Death and the American Experience (THLTH 480)
  • Critical Thinking and Clinical Decision Making (TNURS 350)
  • Ethics in Healthcare (TNURS 410)
  • Health, Communities and Populations (TNURS 414 / 415)
  • Interpersonal Communication (TNURS 430)
  • Nursing Care of Families (TNURS 412)
  • Safety and Quality in Nursing (TNURS 556)
  • Independent Study Fieldwork (TNURS 599)
Selected Publications

Shannon Dorcy, K. Hegemony, Hermeneutics, and the Heuristics of Hope. Advances in Nursing Science, 33 (1), 78-90

Drevdahl, D. J., Canales, M. K., & Shannon Dorcy, K. (2008) Of goldfish tanks and moonlight tricks: Can cultural competency ameliorate health disparities? Advances in Nursing Science, 31 (1), 13-27. 

Drevdahl, D. J., & Shannon Dorcy, K. Exclusive inclusion: (2007) The violation of human rights and US immigration policy. Advances in Nursing Science, 30, (4) 290-332. 

Shannon-Dorcy, K., & Wolfe, V. (2003). Decision making in the diagnosis and treatment of leukemia. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 19(2), 142-9. 

Shannon-Dorcy, K. (2002). Nursing implications of mylotarg. A novel antibody-targeted chemotherapy for CD33+ acute myeloid leukemia in first relapse. Oncology Nursing Forum, 29(4), E52-9.

Drevdahl, D., & Shannon Dorcy, K. (2002). Using journals for community health students engaged in group work. Nurse Educator, 27 (6), 255-259.

Drevdahl, D., Kniepp, S., Canales, M., & Shannon Dorcy, K. (2001). Reinvesting in social justice: A capital idea for public health nursing. Advances in Nursing Science, 24(2), 19-31.

Drevdahl, D., Shannon Dorcy, K., & Grevstad, L. (2001). Integrating principles of community centered practice in a community health nursing program. Nurse Educator, 26(5), 234-239.