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Sharon Allan, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRC

Sharon Allan
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Sharon Hovland Allan is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist who focuses on the care of adult patients with cardiovascular disease. She has led many unit-based and hospital-wide initiatives to promote patient safety, improve patient outcomes, and control health care costs. She has extensive experience in heart-lung transplant, surgery, and hospital policy development. Dr. Allan has spoken nationally on best practices to reduce clinical alarm fatigue and implementation of effective alarm management strategies.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

  • Videos
  • Publications
    Allan SH, Dearholt SL (2017)—Chapter 3: "The Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model and Process Overview." Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice: Model & Guidelines Book: Third Edition

    Cvach M, Allan SH. (2017) “Exhausted by alarms?—Six steps to hospital alarm management.” American Nurse Today, 12(8): 47-49

    Allan SH, Doyle PA, Sapirstein A, and Cvach M. (2017)—"Data-driven implementation of alarm reduction interventions in a cardiovascular surgical ICU." The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 43:62-70

    Allan SH, Borja, MC, Orens JB, Yang SC, Diette GB, and Conte JV (January 2005)—"Does induction therapy have a significant impact on long-term survival in lung transplantation? A prospective, randomized, controlled study comparing daclizumab, anti-thymocyte globulin and no induction therapy." Heart Lung Transplant

    Conte, JV, Allan, SH, Borja, MC, Orens, JB, Yang, SC, Girgis, RE, and Yuh, DD  (2003)—"Is acute rejection primary in the development of obliterative bronchiolitis? A retrospective study of daclizumab and thymoglobulin." American Society of Transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant, 22:S122
  • Research
    • Cardiovascular Disease/Surgery
    • Heart/Lung Transplant
    • Effective Management of Clinical Alarms
    • Quality Improvement


  • Awards and Honors

    2017 President-elect for Chesapeake Bay Affiliate of National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

    2016 Maryland Patient Safety Minogue Patient Safety Award—Circle of Honor for Patient Safety Innovation

    2010 LEAN SIGMA Green Belt Certification

    2005 Association of Clinical Research Professionals—certified clinical research coordinator

    2002 Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, member of Nu Beta Chapter

    2001 JHSON Business of Nursing Certificate