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Dr. Susan Lacey

Dr. Susan Lacey

Professor, Endowed Chair for Nursing

"I advise students considering this online program to organize and streamline all aspects of their lives so they can enjoy the journey."


Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Family Life Education – Kansas State University, 2003
  • MSN – University of Texas at Austin, 1986
  • BSN – University of Southern Mississippi, 1984

Career Highlights:

  • Professor and Inaugural Kitty DeGree Eminent Scholars Endowed Chair of Nursing for the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing at The University of Louisiana at Monroe.
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau International since 1983.
  • Has over 50 publications, 9 book chapters, and serves as an editorial board for 2 nursing journals
  • Has two active grants working with the elderly to reduce the complications from hypertension.

In which online programs do you teach?

Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration

Which classes do you teach online?

  • NURS 5005: Health Care Law and Ethical Decision Making
  • NURS 5014: Personnel and Organizational Management II
  • NURS 5024: Personnel and Organizational Management I

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

I engage my students to consider the impact of large-scale decisions by payors and employers on the nursing profession.

What advice would you give to those considering the MSN-Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration online program?

I advise students considering this online program to organize and streamline all aspects of their lives so they can enjoy the journey.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Persistence, patience, and due diligence.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

As policies shift, it creates a sometimes stressful environment until policy implementation becomes hard-wired. It takes persistence and patience to see these changes.

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching because I genuinely enjoy working with students.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

I obtained a degree in Communications and Marketing before I went to nursing school.

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