Alesha McClanahan

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing


Dr. McClanahan joined the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CONHP) in 2020 and teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the CONHP as well as the Healthcare Leadership program. She is a doctorally-prepared Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and her area of expertise truly encompasses the lifespan, from newborn and pediatric care to women’s health to end of life care. She has worked as a hospital staff nurse on a pediatric, postpartum, and women’s healthcare unit. Her experience further includes post-surgical, antepartum, and medical-surgical care.

As a nurse practitioner, Dr. McClanahan currently provides care in hospice and palliative care settings, collaborating with an interdisciplinary team to create patient-focused plans of care upholding dignity and comfort. She is a Valparaiso University alumna, having obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from this institution. Her evidence-based practice (EBP) project centered around the mental health of adults, particularly generalized anxiety disorder, and was selected for presentation at a nursing conference hosted in New Orleans.

During her time as a graduate student at Valpo, Dr. McClanhan studied abroad in Ireland during one of CONHP’s spring break study abroad trips and was awarded both the Valparaiso University Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award and the 2019 Janet M. Brown Outstanding Student Award. After obtaining her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, she taught in an adjunct clinical faculty role, providing feedback to graduate nursing students throughout their women’s health and prenatal clinical experience and serving as an advisor to a student completing an EBP project.

Dr. McClanahan is the author of Chapter 11, “Using Samples to Provide Evidence”, in the upcoming fifth edition of an undergraduate research textbook edited by former CONHP Dean Janet Brown and current CONHP faculty member, Dr. Nola Schmidt, titled Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses: Appraisal and Application of Research. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has a passion for nursing as well as nursing education and is excited to have joined the Valpo team.


BSN – Valparaiso University 2014
DNP – Valparaiso University 2019