Shawn Zembles,DNP, RN, CEN, CCRN, ACNS-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Shawn Zembles started his career in health care as an EMT-Paramedic in Kansas City. He completed his Baccalaureate nursing degree in 1993, his Master’s in 1999, and his Doctorate in 2008.
Prior to teaching for UMKC, Dr. Zembles worked at a Level One trauma center and as a helicopter flight nurse where he eventually held a regional director position for multiple helicopter bases throughout the central United States. He keeps current in his clinical practice through his work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care.
Dr. Zembles has served in the Air National Guard for more than 20 years, is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. Currently at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Zembles is the Chief Nursing Officer for his military unit and Medical Commander for a WMD response force. He recently deployed to Afghanistan as a senior NATO advisor to the Armed Forces Academy of Medical Sciences working with the Afghan Nurse Training Initiative.
Dr. Zembles has been previously nominated for the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award for exceptional service, sacrifice, and innovation. In 2011, Dr. Zembles was awarded Faculty of the Year by the Student Nurses Association. And in 2014, Dr. Zembles was selected as a University of Missouri Faculty Scholar.