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Laura Monahan

University of Illinois at Chicago DNP
Home Union IL United States


I am working on my DNP in Executive Nursing Leadership, and completed my MSN in Nursing Administration (both at UIC). I have a BA in Liberal Arts and Business from Lewis University, and a MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern University in Marketing and Organizational Behavior. In nursing, I’ve worked as a nurse educator, project manager, and staff nurse. Presently I’m teaching master’s level nursing administration students. Previously, I’ve worked as a construction welder building tanks/pressure vessels, an electrical power plant operator at a generating station, a marketing executive for residential developments, a department director of distribution transformer remanufacturing, an utility power broker for contracts over $12 million, a muralist/business owner, and have built my own house (general contractor, as well as installed the electrical systems, cedar siding, oak flooring, etc.). Through my experiences in the business and art worlds I appreciate the significance of networking/collaboration. I’ve negotiated electric power contracts in the U.S. and Canada, and collaborated with engineers, marketers, attorneys, risk managers, and other executives to achieve win/win scenarios. These negotiations involved diverse, oftentimes contradictory, collaborations to structure power contracts necessary for competitive partnerships. As an entrepreneur of a mural business, I’ve realized the magnitude of networking that advanced my professional portfolio. These applications have provided the groundwork for my interest in promoting interprofessional collaboration among healthcare students. Interprofessional partnerships developed when healthcare students are molded into the acculturation of their various disciplines are crucial to enhance teamwork and promote best quality practices for their patients.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veteran Healthcare – Interprofessional Collaboration
Dissertation: (Job shadowing to enhance Interprofessional Collaboration)