Nancy Scanlan, MSN, RN, APRN
Associate Professor of Nursing & Nutrition
Nancy Scanlan has worked and taught in a variety of specialties, including medical-surgical nursing, OB-GYN, and college health. Her primary interest however, is psychiatric mental health nursing, and she has worked as a nurse educator at SUNY Plattsburgh since 2007. She is also a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at a community clinic for the chronically mentally ill, and a psychiatric liaison consultant in acute care. Nancy is dually ANCC Board certified as a clinical nurse specialist and as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
“My goal as a professor of psychiatric mental health nursing is to have students critically examine their beliefs about their worlds and develop new ways of viewing and defining those worlds. Students are motivated by being able to connect their learning with their professional performance, and my role is to provide opportunities for them to develop confidence and be successful. I view the learning process as a system and believe that all members of the learning community influence one another. I encourage my students to be lifelong learners in whatever specialty they choose, for success in nursing requires knowledge, clinical reasoning and interest. I view the entire world as my students’ clinical setting and truly believe that ‘every nurse is a psychiatric nurse’.”