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Shannan Hardy, APRN

Shannan Hardy, APRN
  • Specializes in:
  • General Orthopedics
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Sports Medicine

Shannan is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and licensed by the state of Connecticut.

Shannan’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maine and a Master of Science from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

In the beginning of her health care career, Shannan worked on Orthopedic and Emergency Teams as a surgical nurse and a team leader.  She began her nurse practitioner career leading an Orthopedic practice in becoming a Total Joint Center in Sayre, PA.  She has worked in Orthopedic settings including Sports Medicine, general orthopedics and total joint reconstruction. Throughout her career, Shannan has always been passionate about health promotion and disease prevention. In striving to provide the best health care possible, Shannan believes in acquiring a comprehensive orthopedic evaluation of every patient by taking time to listen and understand their particular needs. Her true desire is to cultivate a professional environment where each patient feels comfortable, receives focused attention, and is given competent orthopedic care, collaborating closely with Dr. John Irving.

Shannan is on the Medical Staff of Milford Hospital and assists Dr. Irving in surgery as well as runs her own schedule in the office seeing pre and post-operative patients as well as patients with immediate orthopedic concerns.

Shannan Hardy treats patients in our Hamden, Branford, and Milford locations.

Hamden, CT: 9 Washington Avenue, 06518 | See Map

Tel: 203-865-6784 
Fax: 203-865-6788


Branford, CT: 469 West Main Street, 06405 | See Map

Tel: 203-865-6784 
Fax: 203-865-6788


Milford, CT: 30 Commerce Park, 06460 | See Map

Tel: 203-865-6784 
Fax: 203-865-6788

Appointments with Shannan Hardy can be made by calling (203) 865-6784.

What’s a mid-level (advanced practice clinicians)?

Shannan V. Hardy, APRN

According to Wikipedia, Mid-level practitioners, also referred to as “advanced practice clinicians, are health care providers who have received different training and have a more restricted scope of practice than physicians, but who do have a formal certificate and accreditation through the licensing bodies in their jurisdictions.” These practitioners are commonly known as nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants.

Both professions were born in the 1960’s in response to a growing need for more medical practitioners. Both roles essentially fill the same niche. They both have short, intense training programs that allow them to provide the same standard of care and extend the reaches of healthcare to people that would otherwise have to travel many miles or wait several weeks for an appointment. They can both perform almost all of the same duties and they have incredibly similar salaries. They may have different upbringings, but the two are really much more similar than they are different. The duties that nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants can perform vary by state, but generally include diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions, prescribing medication, ordering and interpreting x-rays and other diagnostic procedures.

In specialty offices, such as Orthopedics, there is a lot of on the job training to focus the training of the nurse practitioner or the physician assistant. There are nuances from physician to physician but the basic training for office procedures, specific exams and specific history taking are often very similar. Midlevels perform in the office but also in the operating room with their collaborating or supervising physician. This creates continuity of care when the patient’s see a familiar face in the operating room and can follow up in the office with that same familiar health care provider.

When coming in as a new patient, often there is a longer wait to get an appointment with the physician and the new patient is offered an appointment with a midlevel. Often, the patient’s disappointment is short lived. An appointment with a knowledgeable mid-level can yield the same initial results and an effective plan will be made. If the patient can continue with conservative management, they may continue to see the midlevel. When a diagnosis or treatment plan requires the physician, an appointment with that physician can be made or the midlevel can collaborate with the physician using a variety of tools including phone calls, emails, electronic medical records and digital imaging. 

In conclusion, there isn’t much that separates the midlevels in terms of education, training and expertise when you get to the specialty level. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants will continue to be in the forefront of medicine as the number of patients needing to be seen explodes with baby boomers in the coming years. The choice of whom to see, of course, lies with the individual patient. That patient will have to consider personalities and whether the midlevel can convey confidence and demonstrate knowledge when seeing patients. This can also be said of any physician’s practice. Patients are rarely disappointed with the level of care they receive and are often pleasantly surprised by the time and attention they receive from midlevels. Remember the midlevel providers in our office work closely and directly with your physician. He or she has a direct line of comunication with your orthopedic surgeon and, when needed, will be certain you see your physician or send you for special tests that your physician recommends in a timely manner.  In the end it is all about improvement in access to care while maintaining the excellent level of care you have grown to expect from our group of expert physicians. So go ahead, make the choice to see a midlevel in your specialty office, you won’t be disappointed.