Tamara Shannon, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, is the pediatric nurse practitioner program coordinator, nursing education program coordinator, and an assistant professor at The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing. She has been a faculty member at UNM since 2015, teaching primarily pediatric courses in the advanced practice registered nurse programs. Before joining the faculty, she taught in the registered nurse program at Pima Medical Institute and worked in primary care as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Shannon retired from the Air Force in 2011, after 20 years of service caring for families in many aspects of maternal-child health, including inpatient labor, delivery, postpartum, nursery and neonatal intensive care.

Shannon received a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a sub-specialty in nursing education from University of South Alabama, a Master of Science with a concentration in pediatric health from Wright State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oregon Institute of Technology.

Areas of Specialty

Pediatrics | Primary Care


DNP, University of South Alabama, 2019 (Primary Care Pediatric Nursing)
MSN, Wright State University, 2002 (Pediatric Health)
BSN, Oregon Institute of Technology, 1991 (Nursing)


RN: Registered Nurse
CPNP®: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Achievements & Awards

Outstanding Graduate Faculty 2020
Outstanding Graduate Faculty 2017




  • English

Courses Taught

Primary Care Pediatrics, Adolescent Health, Pediatric Chronic Illness, Advanced Pediatric Health and Developmental Assessment