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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Shelli B. Gibbs, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Title: Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program and Associate Professor
Department: Advanced Professional Nursing Practice & Leadership
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-5914
Fax: 803-777-0550

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina 
1601 Greene Street, Room 502D
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States


  • Doctorate in Nurse Practice, Medical University of South Carolina (2015)
  • Masters in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner), Medical University of South Carolina (2015)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Administration and Health Science), Medical University of South Carolina (2011)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina (2009)
  • Associate in Nursing, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (2007)


Courses taught and co-taught:

  • NURS 311: Undergraduate Health Assessment
  • NURS 312 Foundations of Nursing Practice (Clinical)
  • NURS 314: Clinical Reasoning in Nursing Practice
  • NURS 412 Acute Care Nursing of Adults I
  • NURS 422 Acute Care Nursing of Adults II
  • NURS 435 Capstone (Clinical)
  • NURS 704: Advance Health Assessment
  • NURS 720: Clinical Application of Population Analysis
  • NURS 793: Advance Practice Practicum: Primary Care (FNP)


  • Obesity in the rural primary care setting
  • Simulation in education 


  • Dawson, R.M., Gibbs, S., Davis, V., Murillo, C., Lawrence, M.K., Mele, C., Kovach, B., & LaRosa, L. (2021). A Sociolinguistic, Simulation-Based Approach to Teaching Culturally Respectful Communication. Submitted to Transcultural Nursing Society 47th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, N.M. October 2021
  • Creed, J., Scott, A., Pate, L., Cone, A., Davis, V., Gibbs, S., Vick, L., Harris, E., Custer, S., Miles, H., & Jackson, J. (2021). Leadership in academia during a pandemic. Podium Presentation to be presented in February 2021 at Sigma Theta Tau International Creating Healthy Work Environments. Austin, Texas. February 2021
  • Gibbs, S., Davis, V., Mele, C., Murillo, C., Lawrence, K., & Dawson, R.M. (2020). “I felt the connection”: A qualitative exploration of standardized patients’ experiences in a delivering bad news scenario. Podium presentation at International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC. June 2020
  • Davis, V.H. & Gibbs, S. (2019). Immersive Simulation Experience in Advanced Health Assessment for Distance Graduate Nursing Students. Poster presentation at the SC Nursing Simulation Alliance conference, Columbia, SC. July 2019
  • Gibbs, S., Harris, E., & Mitchell, S. (2018) Making global simulation possible: The use of robotics in interprofessional health simulations. Podium presentation at International Meeting on Simulation Healthcare, Los Angeles, CA. January 2018
  • Gibbs, S. (2017). Increasing obesity diagnosis and patient education in primary care. Poster presentation at the Annual South Carolina Nurses Association Convention, Hilton, SC. November 2017.
  • Gibbs, S. & Cone, A (2015). Pre-entry for rising upper division nursing students. Poster presentation at Armstrong Interprofessional Health Care Summit, Savannah, GA.  April 2015

Professional Service

  • Board Member, SC National League of Nursing
  • Member, South Carolina Nurses Association: APRN chapter
  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Professional Practice

  • RN: Cardiac, Cardiac-Thoracic Stepdown Unit
  • APRN: Family Practice, Dermatology, Gerontology
  • The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties- Faculty Institute Committee

Research Studies (Selected)

  1. Telemental Health Connect (TeleCon): Expanding Collaboration and Comprehensive Service Penetration. Duke Endowment Grant (PI).
  2. The Feasibility of a Linguistic Pedagogical Approach to Teaching Communication Skills to Advanced Practice Nurses. USC CON Funds for Preparatory Research (Co-PI).
  3. Preferences and Resources for Weight Loss Interventions among Obese Primary Care Patients. U of SC CON Funds for Preparatory Research (Co-PI).

Publications (selected)

  • Dawson, R. M., Lawrence, K., Gibbs, S., Davis, V., Mele, C., & Murillo, C. (2021). “I Felt The Connection”: A Qualitative Exploration of Standardized Patients’ Experiences in a Delivering Bad News Scenario. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 55, 52–58.
  • Scott, A. D., Cone, A., Creed, J. M., Custer, S. S., Davis, V. H., Gibbs, S., Herbert Harris, E., Jackson, J. R., Pate, L. B., & Vick, L. L. (2021). Rapid Transition to Online Learning for Baccalaureate Students: Teamwork During a Pandemic. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(7), 397–399.
  • Abshire, D. A., Gibbs, S., McManus, C., Caldwell, T., & Cox, A. (2020). Interest, Resources, and Preferences for Weight Loss Programs among Primary Care Patients with Obesity. Patient education and counseling, 103(9), 1846–1849.

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