Lora  Shelton
Professor and Senior Associate Dean
Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
1539 CHS Building 1
Lora Shelton is no stranger to Samford University. Shelton received her graduate degree from Ida Moffett School of Nursing and worked as director of student health services from 1997 to 2000 before joining the nursing school seven years ago. Since then, Shelton has worked hard to emulate the faculty she had by having a genuine interest in her students’ personal and academic lives. She has also developed a nursing missions international studies course and has traveled with Samford students to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. “It is amazing to see medical missions through the eyes of a student and to see how the experience of an international studies course/medical mission can transform their practice of nursing,” she said. “It is also a joy to serve alongside our students.”

Degrees and Certifications

  • DNP, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MSN, Samford University
  • BSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Certified Nurse Educator Certification, NLN National League for Nursing


  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Adult health nursing
  • Mission nursing and heart health among women

Awards and Honors

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


  • Yearly medical mission trips to South America (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia)
  • M-Power Ministries, clinical volunteer
  • North Park Baptist Church in Trussville
  • Alpha-1 Association, committee member
  • Alpha-1 Families Support Group