Susan received her BSN from Kent State Univer­sity in Kent, Ohio and her MPH from the Univer­sity of Washington in Seattle. Currently, she is an Occupa­tional and Environ­mental Health Nurse Consul­tant at the Inter­na­tional Council for Nurses based in Geneva, Switzer­land. She is the Director of the World Health Organi­za­tion and ICN’s work on preventing needle­stick injuries and occupa­tional exposure to HIV/AIDS project, as well as the Coordi­nator of ICN’s involve­ment in Health Care Without Harm – the Campaign for Environ­men­tally Prefer­able Health Care. Her current position has taken her to Africa and South­east Asia to work with nurses in those regions.

Previous to her work in the inter­na­tional arena, Susan was the Senior Specialist in Occupa­tional Safety and Health at the American Nurses Associ­a­tion where she was respon­sible for coordi­nating policy forma­tion and lobbying Federal agencies respon­sible for protecting the health and safety of workers.

Prior to working at ANA, Susan worked for fifteen years in clinical nursing as a public health and critical care staff nurse, cardiac rehabil­i­ta­tion program director, and researcher in cardi­ology preven­tion and treat­ment. She has been a member of WSNA for more than twenty years and worked on staff at WSNA as a Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive for three years and at ANA as a Labor Educa­tion Specialist. Susan has served as a member of the WSNA Legisla­tive and Health Policy Council and is currently a member of the WSNA Occupa­tional and Environ­mental Health and Safety Committee.

Both here in Washington State, across the U.S. and inter­na­tion­ally, Susan has spoken, written and testi­fied exten­sively on health and safety issues, including indoor air quality, latex allergy, workplace violence and the preven­tion of blood­borne exposures, as well as about the effects of work organi­za­tion, staffing, and restruc­turing on injury, stress, and illness of nurses.

A much sought after speaker and expert, Susan has provided keynote presen­ta­tions at the Univer­sity of Washington Confer­ence on Health Hazards to Health Care Workers in April 1998 and May 2000; the Michigan Nurses Associ­a­tion Health Hazards to Nurses Confer­ence in May 1999; the Missouri Nurses Associ­a­tion Nurse Lobby Day and at the 21st Annual Union Repre­sen­ta­tives in Health Care Confer­ence sponsored by the Univer­sity of Illinois and Michigan State Univer­sity. In November 1999, Susan devel­oped a partner­ship with the Training for the Devel­op­ment of Innov­a­tive Control Technolo­gies (TDICT) Project in San Francisco, California and together ANA and TDICT planned and presented 6 regional workshops on the evalu­a­tion, selec­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of safer needle devices utilizing front­line health­care worker involve­ment. She also served on the planning committee and was a featured speaker at the ANA and Univer­sity of Vermont satel­lite telecon­fer­ence Preventing Needle­stick Injuries: The Time is Now! Safe Needles Save Lives” viewed in 45 states in May of 2000.

Susan is a member of the National Occupa­tional Research Agenda (NORA) advisory committee on allergic and irritant dermatitis, served as director of the EPA funded ANA project on indoor air quality and served on the planning committee and as a speaker for the FDA sponsored telecon­fer­ence: Natural Rubber Latex Allergy Recog­ni­tion and Treat­ment” that was cospon­sored by NIOSH, OSHA, VA Hospi­tals, AMA, ADA, AHA, AphA and the Health Industry Manufac­turers Association.

Susan was also an invited speaker at the first annual National Occupa­tional Research Agenda confer­ence held at the National Academy of Sciences. She has published numerous articles on workplace and health and safety issues in The Washington Nurse and The American Nurse and in her spare time, she writes a monthly column on health and safety for the American Journal of Nursing.

Susan has trans­lated her passion for both occupa­tional and environ­mental health and safety into a rich career that has spanned the globe. Her expert knowl­edge and dedica­tion will have a long lasting effect on the quality of lives for both patients and nurses through many areas of the world.