Susan Allen, PhD, discovered her affinity for nursing when she first touched the arm of a geriatric patient. She was in her first clinical setting as a nursing student, and even though pediatrics became her preference, she realized that caring for elderly patients was also high on the list. Overall, what she discovered was that her passion was really about caring for other people, no matter their age or circumstance.
Forty-odd years later, Allen is still caring for people, only now they are not patients. As associate director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Population Health Leadership online program at 澳门威尼斯手机版, she cares for the cohort of students she admits each year into the program, guiding them over three years as they develop their own contributions to improving health care in America.
“What fascinated me with the doctoral program was the use of the Jesuit principles,” she said. “It’s aligned so well with what we are required to do with population health. The goal is to be able to lead population health management, which means I should be able to work with a group of health professionals and be able to apply research evidence in a practical way to improve health care.”