Shannon Pranger, MSN, RN, CEN, CNE

Full-Time Lecturer and Simulation Faculty

phone: 203-737-3820


Shannon Pranger brings over 24 years of nursing experience to her role of Simulation Faculty, teaching primarily in the GEPN program. Prior to coming to YSN, Ms. Pranger was the Simulation Coordinator at Western CT State University and the Skills Lab Coordinator at St. Vincent’s College in Bridgeport, CT. In conjunction with the Simulation Director, Ms. Pranger works collaboratively with the school of nursing faculty to create and implement quality simulations geared specifically to the needs of the pre-licensure student.

Shannon earned her BSN from Fairfield University and her MSN from University of Phoenix. She holds certifications as a Certified Emergency Nurse, and Certified Nurse Educator. She is a member of the National League for Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests 

Ms. Pranger is passionate about the role of simulation education in bridging the gap between theory and practice in pre-licensure students.  She uses her creativity and enthusiasm to create realistic simulations, often based on real-life experiences. Ms. Pranger is also interested in advancing nursing practice through evidence-based research. She is a member of the Research Committee for the Healthcare Simulation Network of CT.

Clinical Practice

Ms. Pranger continues to work at the bedside in her role as a Registered Nurse at St. Vincent’s Emergency Department in Bridgeport, CT where she also held the role of Trauma Coordinator for several years.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Marshall, A., Pranger, S. (2018). Addressing the opioid crisis through simulation: Using motivational interviewing to address opioid use in chronic pain management. Poster presentation. Accepted for INACSL Conference 2018.

Pranger, S. (2017). The little skills lab that could: Creating a big learning experience on a small budget, StuNurse Magazine, 27, 5-8.