Shi-yi (Emily) Wang

Shu-Yi (Emily) Wang PhD, RN, CNS

Professor of Clinical Teaching
  • College of Nursing


Primary Phone:(303) 724-9125

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Wang joins the University of Colorado, College of Nursing in August 2022. She is a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, and began her nursing career as a Registered Nurse in the Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. Her practice interests include cardiology and neurology. With nearly 25 years of experience in academia, Dr. Wang has held leadership positions in program administration, clinical practicum, and career planning.

Dr. Wang considers it a true privilege to have a hand in educating and mentoring the next generation of nurses. Her goal is always to help her students not only achieve academic and clinical success but also develop them personally and professionally to consider ways to improve the nursing profession and deliver excellence in healthcare. Dr. Wang as a Taiwanese native believes in the importance of cross-cultural partnerships to improve the nursing profession, and has devoted substantial efforts to demonstrate how the American nursing community can collaborate with other countries’ nursing programs for the betterment of the entire nursing profession and global healthcare. She was the Visiting Scholar at National Taiwan University and other academic institutions in Taiwan, spearheading collaborative initiatives in scientific research and education.
Dr. Wang’s leadership in nursing education and oncology spans two decades and is disseminated through her sustained publications in numerous journals, including Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, and Nurse Educator. Focal research areas include: oncological and palliative care, pain, sleep, and other symptom-related distress, symptom clusters in cancer patients and associated proinflammatory cytokines, the relationship to quality-of-care outcomes in adults with cancer, specifically those with analgesic use and sleep disturbances. Her research interests also extend to technological improvements in instructional design and educational tools for improving students’ reading abilities and inter/intra-disciplinary engagement.

Dr. Wang believes in role modeling for students and colleagues, teaching by example that attitude and genuine care for patients is as important as medical knowledge and skills. As a testament to her mentorship and impact on both her fellow faculty and the students she has taught, Dr. Wang has been awarded numerous excellence commendations including Distinguished Alumna by her first nursing school in Taiwan, DAISY Faculty Honoree, recipient of the Kathryn Smith Lastreto Mentor Award, the Nurse Educator of the Year Award for Leadership presented at the Nurse Educator’s Conference in the Rockies, the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Award and the Sustained Scholarship Award through Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.

Dr. Wang grew up in Taiwan and completed her dual Master of Science in nursing education and Clinical Nurse Specialist at the University of Akron before pursuing her Ph.D. at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Wang speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese and English. She is actively involved in both her community and profession at local, national, and international levels. She often says, “A good nurse remembers that, for each patient, he or she may be one of your 100 patients, but you are his or her one and only nurse”. She is a tireless servant-leader, and colleagues and students report that her enthusiasm and passion for nursing is contagious.

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Evidence-Based Practice

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Taipei Medical University, 2008
  • MSN, University of Akron, 1999
  • RN-BSN, University of Akron, 1996
  • ADN, Chang-Gung Institute of Nursing, 1991
  • Diploma, Cardinal Tien School of Nursing, 1989
  • Registered Professional Nurse (Taiwan), 1991
  • Registered Professional Nurse (USA), 1996
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1999


  • 2022, April 2021-2022 RHCHP Sustained Scholarship Award, Regis University
  • 2022 “People’s Choice” award for a poster-winner. Annual RHCHP Research & Scholarship Symposium, Regis University
  • 2021 Colorado Nightingale Nursing Luminary Award of Leadership in Administration, Education, Research or Non-Traditional Nursing Practice by Colorado Nurses Foundation
  • 2021 Nurse Educator of the Year Award (Nurse Educators in Higher Education-Extraordinary Leadership) of Nurse Educator's Conference in the Rockies, May 2021.
  • 2018 The DAISY Faculty Award by The DAISY Foundation and Regis University
  • 2018 Kathryn Smith Lastreto Mentor Award by Alpha Kappa at Large of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award by Cardinal Tien Junior College of Healthcare & Management, Taiwan, R.O.C
  • 2012, September Was “caught” by Denver School of Nursing providing excellent customer services and giving above and beyond the call of duty in summer quarter, 2012
  • 2012, June Was “caught” by Denver School of Nursing providing excellent customer services and giving above and beyond the call of duty in spring quarter, 2012
  • 2011, December Was “caught” by Denver School of Nursing providing excellent customer services and giving above and beyond the call of duty in fall quarter, 2011
  • 2010, April 7 Received thank you letter for outstanding job as an instructor from National Dean of Education, Education Affiliates
  • 2009, December Excellent in Faculty Award by Denver School of Nursing
  • 2002-2008 The Excellent Faculty Teaching Award recognized by College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University (award recognized in twice a year and always received top third place in six years), total 6 times
  • 2006 The Excellent in Teaching Material Award recognized by Taipei Medical University
  • 1999 Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nurses


  • 2022 - present Asian Pacific Island Nursing Journal, Editorial board member
  • 2021 - present Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc, Member
  • 2021 - present Western Institute of Nursing, DEI committee, Member
  • 2020 - present National Taiwan University, School of Nursing, Guest lecture
  • 2020 - present Oncology Nursing Society (ONA), Member
  • 2020 - present Sigma Western Regional Awards and Recognition Committee, Member
  • 2018 - present Research Committee of Alpha Kappa At-Large Chapter, STT, Chairperson
  • 2016 - present Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), Member
  • 2008 - present Colorado Nurses Association (CNA), Member
  • 2008 - present American Nurses Association (ANA), Member
  • 1999 - present Sigma Theta Tau International, Member