DNP, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Susan joined Belmont faculty as a full time instructor in the fall of 2007. Previously she worked as a part-time adjunct instructor at Belmont. She teaches in undergraduate Health Assessment, Professional Nursing and Adult Health Nursing courses. Susan also leads a study abroad trip to Cambodia each year.
Susan began her nursing career as a staff nurse on an inpatient bone-marrow transplant/myelosupression unit at Vanderbilt University caring for patients with hematological malignancies. She became an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN). Her passion for caring for oncology patients led her to a nurse research position at Vanderbilt focusing in breast and gastrointestinal research studies. While working as a research nurse, Susan completed a Master’s in Nursing with a certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Belmont University. In this role, Susan developed an interest in asthma and allergy. She now continues clinical practice as an FNP in asthma and allergy on a part-time basis. In addition to teaching and clinical practice,
A personal note from Susan. . . . .
All of my life I wanted to be a nurse. I began taking care of our church secretary who developed cancer when I was 15 years old. I later worked as a nursing assistant in a nursing home. I love taking care of cancer patients and I loved my work in the nursing home.
My father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force so it made sense for me to join the military to help pay for my education. I loved being a Marine and spent 6 years on active duty before attending college to begin my nursing career. I have many interests so nursing has been a great career for me. One of the things I love about nursing is the versatility of the profession. I am able to satisfy my passion for teaching and training, caring for patients, research and serving the poor through my nursing career. It continues to be an amazing journey.
I had the unique opportunity to live in Cambodia for two years and serve as Director of Nursing in a non-profit hospital that provides high quality free care to the poor while teaching and training Cambodian healthcare providers. I have a passion for the Khmer people and their culture. Working at Belmont has allowed me to continue travelling to Cambodia and sharing that experience with not only nursing students, but a variety of student majors. I feel very blessed that God has continued to use this trip to change not only the lives of the students and Khmer people, but mine as well.
I attended Belmont as a student 15 years ago to complete my Master of Nursing with FNP certification. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing practice degree here as part of the inaugural class. The quality of education I received then along with the caring, student focused encouragement I received from faculty is what has led me to teach at Belmont.
Outside of my professional work, I am passionate about health and fitness. I love the outdoors and am and avid runner and triathlete. I enjoy spending time with my husband and two boys having fun.