Susan Wilson is a clinical professor whose focus and passion lie in teaching and relating her nursing experience to students in the adult health courses in CNR’s undergraduate nursing program. She received a BSN from Russell Sage College and an MSN from the University of California, San Francisco, which focused on occupational health and the role of an adult nurse practitioner. Her experiences as a nurse and nurse practitioner span both the acute care and outpatient setting, ranging from a small community hospital to major medical centers at the forefront of healthcare innovation. Her pivotal experience was exposure to primary nursing at the first hospital in the country to employ primary nursing as the sole method for delivering nursing care. This method of nursing care allows nurses to have 24-hour accountability for the care patients receive. The result was an experience that included interprofessional communication, leadership, autonomy in practice, and patient-centered care.
Her current interests revolve around building a salient undergraduate nursing education and bridging the gap between clinical experience and the didactic setting. She has implemented a tool for senior students as they work on their situational awareness in the clinical setting. Ongoing development of the designated education unit (DEU) in the clinical setting remains a priority, as well as her work to have entry into professional practice begin with a bachelor’s degree. Working with other faculty members, she has helped expand the formative experience of the DEU for student nurses. Writing interests include articles for continuing education and her experience on the DEU.