Tilitha S. Shawgo, RN,APN,MS
Instructor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Thoracoscopic surgery
- Cardiac surgery
- Care of chest tubes
- Intra-aortic balloon pumping
- Hemodynamic monitoring
Tilitha Shawgo is a clinical instructor and certified critical care nurse specialist in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery at Southern Illinois School of Medicine.
Ms. Shawgo received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville in 1980 and a master’s degree in nursing sciences from University of Illinois-Chicago in 1995.
She is certified in critical care nursing and belongs to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Ms. Shawgo’s special interests include care and management of patients undergoing cardiac and thoracic surgery, especially thoracoscopic surgery. Her role within the division is as a clinical nurse specialist case-managing patients referred for surgical procedures. She also functions as a research assistant.
Ms. Shawgo is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nursing and Oncology Nursing Society.
To contact Ms. Shawgo regarding information about cardiothoracic procedures, please call SIU Physicians and Surgeons at 217-545-7422.
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
August, 1975-May, 1977
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Illinois-Chicago
Master’s of Science in Nursing Sciences Degree
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Clinical Instructor of Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Patient care management and research assistant
St. John’s Hospital
Staff Nurse (per diem)
Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit
Memorial Medical Center
Staff nurse, Cardiac Surgery ICU
Clinical Level III status
Memorial Medical Center
Staff Nurse, Surgical/Surgical Intermediate Care Unit
Memorial Medical Center
Staff Nurse, Gynecological Unit
Honors and Awards:
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, March, 1994. Nu Pi Chapter.
Who’s Who in American Nursing, 1990-1997
Member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses since 1988
Allied Health Member of the American College of Chest Physicians since 2000
Member of the Oncology Nursing Society since 2002
Member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists since 2002
Member of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing since 2002
Member of the Administrative Professional Council 2005-2007 Vice president 2006- 2007
Treasurer of Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Pi Chapter (1995-1997)
Contributing Editor-Cardiovascular Surgery; Critical Care Nurse, 1995-1997
Clinical Preceptor for graduate nursing students at University of Illinois-Chicago and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Chairperson for the Housewide Nursing Practice Council (October, 1991 to October,
1992). Responsible for the first year implementation of Shared Governance Council
with activities focused on the development and maintenance of Professional Nursing
Member of the task force for strategic planning and proposal for the Robert Wood
Johnson and Pew Charitable Foundation Grant, “Strengthening Hospital Nursing.” 1989.
Licensure and Certification:
Nursing License, State of Illinois, 1980, #041-199892
Licensed Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, State of Illinois, 2001, #209-001606
Certified in Critical Care Nursing Specialist, 2001, #0061855
Certification in Critical-Care Nursing (CCRN), since February, 1988
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified since 1988
Shawgo, T, Montgomery, D. Collaborative Care of the Patient Undergoing an Esophagectomy. Presented at the AACN 2009 NTI and Critical Care Exposition. New Orleans, LA. May 18, 2009.
Shawgo, T. On the cutting edge-Bedside nursing care of the surgical patient. Presented at the Cardiac Care 2007; What’s New Conference. Springfield, Ill. September, 20, 2007.
Shawgo, T. Hemodynamic Monitoring following Cardiac Surgery. Presented at the Put your heart into it Conference. Springfield, Ill. October 2. 2003.
Shawgo, T. The Blues after Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. Presented at Put your heart into it Conference. Springfield , Ill. October 3, 2002
Cetindag IB, Hazelrigg SR, Boley TM, Moulton KP, Trammel GL, Palancic J, Shawgo T. The efficacy of supplemental magnesium in reducing atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass grafting. Presented at the American Thoracic Society’s 98th International Conference. Atlanta, GA. May 22, 2002. (Poster Presentation.)
Shawgo T. The Utility of Thoracoscopic Lung Biopsy for Diagnosis and Treatment. Presented at The American College of Chest Physicians Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. Oct 24, 2000.
Shawgo, T. The Utility of Thoracoscopic Lung Biopsy. Presented at the Eighth Annual Nursing Research Conference-Applying Research for Pulmonary Health Across the Life Span. Springfield, Illinois. March 16, 2000.
Shawgo, T. Chest tube management. Clinical Concepts 2000 quarterly presentation. Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois.
Shawgo, T. Evaluating Attitudes Concerning the Scope of Professional Practice Among Staff RNs. Third Annual Nursing Conference-“Empowering Nursing Practice through Research” (Poster Presentation). Springfield, Illinois. Jan. 11, 1995.
IMC course: Care of the Patient with Chest Tubes. Given quarterly at Memorial Medical Center.
Master’s Project: “Evaluating Attitudes Concerning the Scope of Professional Practice
Among Staff RNs.”
Shawgo, T. Thoracoscopic surgery: A new approach to pulmonary disease. Crit Care Nurs. 1996;16:76-82.
Shawgo, T and York, N. Preoperative versus postoperative weights: which one should be utilized for cardiac surgery patient’s drug and hemodynamic calculations? Crit Care
Hazelrigg SR, Boley TM, Grasch A, Shawgo T. Surgical strategy for lung volume reduction surgery. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 1999;16:S57-S60.
Medrano C, Hazelrigg SR, Landreneau RJ, Boley TM, Shawgo T, Grasch A. Thoracoscopic resection of ectopic parathyroid glands. Ann Thorac Surg 2000;69:221-3.
Shawgo TS, Boley TM, Hazelrigg SR. The utility of thoracoscopic lung biopsy for diagnosis and treatment. Chest 2000;18:114-115S.
Medrano C, Hazelrigg SR, Landreneau RJ, Boley TM, Shawgo T, Grasch A. Thoracoscopic resection of ectopic parathyroid glands—Reply to the Editor. Ann Thorac Surg 2001;71:403.
Hazelrigg SR, Boley TM, Moulton KP, Trammel GL, Palancic J, Shawgo T. The efficacy of supplemental magnesium in reducing atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass grafting. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2002;165:A42.
Hazelrigg SR, Boley TM, Cetindag IB, Moulton KP, Trammell GL, Polancic JE, Shawgo TS, Quin JA, Verhulst S. The efficacy of supplemental magnesium in reducing atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass grafting. Ann Thorac Surg 2004;77:824-830.
Patient Educational Tools:
Pre- and Post-operative teaching guide for patients undergoing thoracoscopic surgery.
(co-author: Theresa Boley RN, MSN, FNP-CS).
Pre- and Post-operative teaching guide for patients undergoing thoracotomy surgery. (co
Author: Lori Nafziger RN, BSN).
Pre-and Post-operative teaching video for patients undergoing cardiac transplantation Entitled Your Heart Transplant Surgery and Recovery. (co-authors: Susan Allen
RN, BSN; Theresa Boley RN, MSN, FNP-CS, Angela Caldieraro, RN, MS; Claire Call, RN, MS; Stephen Jennison, M.D.; Debbie Kasper RN, BSN; Toni McCarvel RN, BSN).
Telehealth Implementation Pilot Project, $33,719.78. SIU Surgery Subspecialty-Family Practice Telehealth Collaboration. December 21, 2001.
Provided at request