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Diploma in Nursing--St. Lukes College of Nursing--Iowa
BSN--Briar Cliff College--Iowa
Ph.D. in Nursing--University of Phoenix--Arizona
Certified Nurse Educator--National League of Nursing
Suzanne received my Ph.D. in Nursing in Dec 2014. Her nursing career started over thirty years ago. She currently serves as a Clinical Educator and Nurse Researcher. She is a member of the Nursing Research Council and has taught online since 2009. Suzanne is one of the first nurses to become a Suicide Prevention specialist through the American Psychiatric Nursing Association.
Suzanne has worked in a variety of health care settings including inpatient, outpatient, orthopedics, detoxification, eating disorders, chemical dependency, at a migrant farmworkers clinic, children, adults, quality, case management, utilization review, coding and billing, teaching, risk management, quality assurance, and infection control.
Research and Evidence-based Practice Experience:
Institutional Review Board Member for the CHI Institute for Research and Innovation since 2019
Chair, Co-Chair, and contributing member of CHI Health Good Samaritan Health Nursing Research and National Committee since 2002.
Member of the evidence-based practice task force investigating minimization/least-restrictive alternatives to restraint usage in an acute care setting, 2012
Pressure Ulcer Collaborative Team for Nebraska, 2012
Caring Rounds Team developed for a psychiatric hospital, 2013
Violence and Suicide Assessment Tool development. 2007
Expert Panel for Nursing Research Committee for American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2012
Catholic Health Initiatives Institutional Review Board Compliance Committee, 2015
Dissertation Perceptions of a Restraint-Free Environment, 2014
Literature Review related to Suicide Safety Check, 2014
Decisional Involvement Study Related to Shared Governance at a Midwestern Hospital, 2010
Principal InvestigatorMissed Care and Teamwork Study 1 and 2, 2014 and 2016
Co-InvestigatorPerceptions of a Restraint-Free Practice, 2014, Principal Investigator
Cyber-Bullying and Depression, 2016, Co-Investigator
Professional Service/Recognition/Charitable Board
Institutional Review Board member Catholic Health Initiatives
Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 1984 (current member)
Nursing Excellence for Quality 2008
Certified Clinical Coder (CCS-P) through the American Health Information Management Association 2006-2016
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certification, current
American Nurses Credentialing Center's Psychiatric-Mental Health Certification 12/87?12/02
National League of Nurse's Addiction Nurse Certification 04/90?04/02March of Dimes Nurse of the Year 2015
APNA Certified Suicide Prevention Facilitator May 2016 to May 2019
Planetree Patient-Centered Excellence and Innovation Award as Pet Therapy Team, 2016
Basic Life Support