Shana Nelson, APRN, CNP
Shana has been in the St. Cloud area since 2013 and has called Sartell home since 2015. She lives in Sartell with her husband and 4 children. Shana brings with her an extensive nursing career in all areas of acute care specifically emergency medicine.
Shana obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing from Hibbing Community College; she then went on to continue her studies and received her Undergraduate degree in Nursing from Bemidji State University. She has worked as an RN for over 18 year. Across the years she gained experience in critical access hospitals in Cass Lake, MN to Level 1 trauma centers such as North Memorial and HCMC. She has spent the last seven years at St. Cloud Hospital working in the emergency department and post anesthesia care unit. She has also serviced the community as a forensic nurse examiner for the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center and the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center. She received her Family Nurse Practitioner Master’s degree from Walden University in August of 2020 and is looking forward to seeing patients in primary care.
Why Family Practice?
While much of Shana’s experience lies in acute care, especially in the emergency room, she has always enjoyed being the calm in the storm and providing comfort and compassion to her patients. She feels that being able to build relationships with her patients in a primary care setting to help them reach their healthcare goals is valuable and so necessary in today’s world of integrated health care. She looks forward to seeing patients of all ages and stages of life and therefore she wanted to go into family practice.
Shana has placed emphasis on:
Primary Care Across the Lifespan
Urgent Care Visits
Life outside of work
Shana continues to be actively involved as a Forensic Nurse Examiner for the CMSAC, as a volunteer in her church, with her children’s sports and activities, and supportive of her husband who is a police officer with volunteering for local events and activities. As a family, they enjoy working out together, enjoying unique places to explore, and traveling.