John D. Shier, RN, PhD

John Shier is a Registered Nurse and Doctor of Philosophy who entered the profession of nursing at the young age of sixty and after having two prior successful careers.

Prior to his nursing career and his work as "ThatGuyNurse," John was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay for fourteen years. John also served eighteen years as the Executive Director of the Lake Michigan Area Agency on Aging as well as providing leadership as the Executive Director of the United Way of Brown County.

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John D. Shier RN, Ph.D.
22 Webster Heights Drive
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 544-0889
jshier1@new.rr.com

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Following the 1982 cancer death of a close friend, he became a hospice volunteer.  For ten years he was engaged in caring for people with terminal illnesses.  It was then that he decided to pursue a third career, as a nurse.  He returned to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and graduated in 1994, at age sixty, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  After graduation, he joined the staff of Unity Hospice in Green Bay, Wisconsin and took a second, full-time position as a cardiac nurse at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Working with critically ill cardiac patients and terminally ill patients in Hospice, he became aware that almost all of his patients had brought their conditions upon themselves.  Puzzled as to why this happened, he returned to his philosophy and academic background to study the questions of health, disease, and the American healthcare system.  He presents the results of his study and his experience as a nurse in his presentation, “Health and Healing: To Live A Long, Long Time and To Die Healthy.”