Susan started her nursing career as a floor nurse on a medical-oncology floor which evolved into a med-surg floor. After several years as a floor nurse, she was promoted to the charge nurse position and enjoyed working with the doctors and helping the staff with patient admissions, on-site patient procedures, and problem solving. Some of the patient procedures she assisted with were, bone marrow biopsies, central line insertions, chest tube insertions, liver biopsy, and others. One of her greatest joys was working with oncology patients and their families. After working in the hospital setting for 9 years, she was the nurse manager for a nephrology office and her responsibilities ranged from phone triage to ordering and scheduling labs and procedures for patients. She enjoyed getting to know the patients on a more personal level in the office setting.
Prior to coming to Olivet, she accepted an opportunity to work in an elementary school district as the school nurse. She earned her certification in school nursing (Professional Educators License – Certified School Nurse) and her Master’s degree in Nursing Education during her time as the school nurse. She was the only nurse for six schools and over 3000 students. There was a new challenge each day from 911 calls, to falls off a swing or slide, to a pencil in the eye, and more. She worked as the District Nurse for over 12 years. During the last few years in the school district, she was an adjunct professor and the schools were a clinical site for Olivet’s traditional nursing students, providing them with the opportunity to observe school nursing first hand. She became the RN-BSN Program Director in 2014 and started the RN-MSN track in 2018.