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College of Nursing

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Susan Poslusny, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
College of Nursing

Phone: 803-777-5706
Fax: 803-777-2027

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 528
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States



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) 

Women’s health, stress, violence, and depression
Ecologic perspectives in health promotion and risk reduction
Public/community health nursing
Case Management
International health systems
Community development
Curriculum development
Program Evaluation
Service Learning

Dissemination (selected)

Poslusny, S. (2014, October). Theoretical underpinnings of trauma-focused prevention for adult women with a history of childhood sexual abuse and high risk health behaviors. Poster Presentation at the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Salt Lake, UT. 

Poslusny, S. (2014, February). Integrating public health and policy considerations in interprofessional education: Reflections on an interdisciplinary graduate study program in Kenya. Paper presentation at the AACN Master’s Education Conference, Phoenix, AZ. 

Williams-Proctor, A., Poslusny, S. (2013). Leading Change in a Distance-Based Baccalaureate Program. Paper presentation at the Biennial Sigma Theta Tau Convention, Indianapolis, IN. 

Poslusny, S., (2013). A Synthesis of Perspectives on Nurses Supporting Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Podium presentation at the 24th Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Congress in Prague, CZ. 

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).

Professional Service 

Academy on Violence and Abuse
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

Professional Practice 

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. 

Publications (Selected)

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:

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.