Faculty and Staff
Susan Poslusny, PhD, RN
College of Nursing
College of Nursing
Dr. Poslusny received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her MSN in Adult Health and Nursing Education from Marquette University, and her BS in nursing from Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Poslusny began serving as the Associate Dean for Academics at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing in August 2010. Prior to that, she served as Nursing Department Chair at DePaul University in Chicago, Project Director and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Leadership for Primary Health Care Project at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and Department of Medical Education, and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Alverno College. Areas of instruction include women’s health, community health promotion, and international health.
Research (Concept Areas)
Ecologic perspectives in health promotion and risk reduction
Community health and development
Stress and depression
Nursing education and curriculum development
Poslusny, S. (2010). Interdisciplinary community-based service learning in Kenya: Lessons learned for nursing education. Accepted for presentation at the APHA Annual Meeting, Public Health Nursing Section, Denver, CO (refereed).
Poslusny, S., Amer, K., Donalek, J., Drury, L., Graf, R., Holm, K., Kipta, M., Ortiz, M., McCaskill, J., Prince, L., & Rice, P (2002, February). Putting the Vision into Practice: Master's Entry to Nursing Practice. Poster presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Education Annual Conference, Contrasts and Decision Points: Models for Innovative Master's Education, Amelia Is, FL (refereed).
Poslusny, S., Amer, K., Holm, K., Drury, L. (2002, April). Master's Degree Entry into Nursing Practice: A New Model for Professional Nursing Education. Symposium and paper presentation at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (refereed).
Poslusny, S. (1998). Getting managed care organizations to pay their due to the public’s interest. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (refereed).
Poslusny, S. (1998). Gender and anti-science bias in evaluating women’s health research on heart disease: Recommendations for clinicians. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (refereed).
Poslusny, S. (1996, December). Case managing and your future. Keynote presentation at the American Healthcare Institute Case Management Conference, Chicago, IL (invited).
Poslusny, S. (1996, December). Variance analysis. Workshop presentation at the American Healthcare Institute Case Management Conference, Chicago, IL (invited).
Poslusny, S. (1996, October). Workshop Session: Developing Community Leaders. Primary Health Care : Working Together for Healthier Urban Communities Conference. University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (invited).
Poslusny, S. (1996, September). Bridging the managed care gap: An education and service partnership. Paper presented at the Midwest Alliance in Nursing Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (refereed).
Poslusny, S. (1996, April). The Homespun Fabric of Women's Depression. Paper presented at the Midwest Sociological Society Meeting, Chicago, IL (invited).
American Heart Association - Cardiovascular Nursing Council
American Public Health Association - Public Health Nursing and International Health Sections
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
International Council of Nurses - Research and Nursing Education Networks
Preventive Cardiac Nurses Association
Dr. Poslusny’s recent professional practice includes community and international health settings as well as being a consultant in curriculum design and evaluation and a CCNE accreditation team leader.
Research Studies (Selected)
Principal Investigator, USC Study Site, National Simulation Study, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 8/15/2011 – 07/01/13 ($241,481).
Program Co-Coordinator (DePaul site). Bridges to the Doctorate for Nursing Students ($190,993) NIH/NIGMS R25 GM067590 Kim (PI), 05/01/03 – 08/31/10.
The long-term objective of this training program is to increase the pool of doctorally prepared minority faculties. Four specific aims collectively are designed to help master's students at partner schools (partners) prepare for doctoral study at UIC CON by gaining appropriate scientific knowledge, research skills, and professional socialization. Enhancing academic environment of the partner schools is also one component to achieve successful retention and transfer of master's students to UIC College of Nursing (CON).
Project Director, DePaul Nursing Services: A University-Community Partnership in Health Promotion & Risk Reduction funded by the DePaul University Public Services Council, the Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning, and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Project Director, Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Project for Low-Income Hispanic Young Adults in the Back of the Yards, funded by the DePaul University Public Services Council.
Project Director, DePaul Nursing Services Free Clinic, funded by Visiting Nurses Association Foundation.
Principal Investigator. Exploration of Gender and Racial Stress on Cardiovascular Health, partially supported by the DePaul University Research Council Paid Leave Program, and a Grace Peterson Scholarship.
Principal Investigator, "Neighborhood Health Ecology in the Urban Community ", funded by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 1994-95 Summer Research Grants.
Lee, Y.M., Poslusny, S.M., Anderson, S., & Rosing, H. (2009). Sexually transmitted infection prevention project as community-engaged scholarship, Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, 1(1): 1-9. Retrieved 1/29/2010: http://discovery.indstate.edu/ojs/index.php/joce/article/viewFile/9/20.
Kim, M.J., Holm, K., Gerard, P., McElmurry, B.J., Foreman, M., Poslusny, S., & Dallas, C. (2009). Bridges to the Doctorate: Mentored transition to successful completion of doctoral study for underrepresented minorities in nursing science, Nursing Outlook. 57 (3): 166-71.
Poslusny, S.M. (2000). Street music or the blues? The lived experience and social environment of depression. Public Health Nursing, 17(4), 292-299.
Poslusny, S.M. (March 1999). Transformational leadership development in primary health care. In B.J. McElmurry, R.S. Parker, C. Tyska. Primary Health Care in Urban Communities (pp. 237-248). New York: Jones & Bartlett/National League for Nursing.
McElmurry, B.J., Tyska, C., Gugenheim, A.M., Misner, S., and Poslusny, S. (1995). Leadership for Primary Health Care. Nursing & Health Care: Perspectives on Community, 16(4), 229-33.