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As an ANCC accredited provider with highest distinction, Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) is devoted to enhancing nursing practice, retaining top nursing talent and supporting the advanced practice of nursing.

SMH is one of the few hospitals to offer a Comprehensive Simulation Center incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

To facilitate ease of use and provide individual development support, SMH provides access to its nursing associates with CE Direct, a web-based approach to learning, providing unlimited access to more than 500 top-quality Nursing Spectrum CE courses, including PEARLS Review preparing nurses for certification. CE’s are available via online e-learning courses, podcast audio courses and magazine article courses. The programs can be accessed from any computer, at work or at home, with web access.

SMH also offers:
  • Generous tuition reimbursement programs for advancement of education
  • Scholarships to pursue RN or BSN degrees
  • Certification reimbursement
  • Nurse Residency Program
  • Mentor Program
  • Preceptor Program
  • Leadership Development – Developmental Dimensions Incorporated (DDI)


To be a leading medical center in the Kansas City metropolitan area and the Midwest, SMH must be staffed with qualified and exceptional leaders on all levels. Nursing is no exception.

Nurses provide the base for our daily operations and with their strength and leadership comes SMH’s success. From performing routine tasks to being depended on in high-pressure emergency situations, our nurses ensure the hospital runs smoothly and continues to do so at an exceptional rate.

SMH has found it crucial to support and supply the tools needed for our nurses to be leaders in their fields and with their peers through the Frontline Leadership Academy. The program is designed to empower our nurses who have shown leadership qualities and skills to become even more effective problem solvers, decision makers and facilitators.

The Frontline Leadership Academy is designed to build and strengthen leaders and empower nurses to use those skills. Most of the Academy participants are frontline nurses and charge nurses; the first class included four dozen frontline nurses.

Program coaches help participants discover the resources and tools necessary for achieving and surpassing their goals. Over two years, the academy gradually teaches greater ownership, power and autonomy to the participants. This instills greater confidence and ambition among frontline nurses to advocate for the patients and improve overall patient care.

At SMH, we strive to improve all aspects of patient care, and giving skilled nurses opportunities for leadership has had an impressive impact.

With programs like the Frontline Leadership Academy, we are building a strong foundation for SMH’s future,” said Sheri Hawkins, RN, MBA, MS, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “We’re cultivating nursing leaders by building and enhancing skills and empowering nurses with more opportunities to lead decision making and improve patient care."
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9100 West 74th Street
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66204
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