Assistant Clinical Professor

Assistant Clinical Professor
219-989-2840
suchr@purduecal.edu

Education

Degree EarnedInstitutionYear of Graduation
 Doctor of Nursing Practice  Valparaiso University 2012
 Master of Science in Nursing  Loyola University of Chicago 1984
 Bachelor of Science in Nursing  Loyola University of Chicago 1975

Professional Affiliations

  • American Heart Association
  • American Nurses' Association
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Professional Registered Nurse
    State of Illinois 1975-Present
    State of Indiana 2004-Present
  • Professional Advanced Practice Nurse
    Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified
    Pediatrics
    State of Illinois 2002-Present

Scholarship/Research Interests

Current scholarship/research:

  • Improving the Accuracy of Pediatric Medication Administration utilizing Simulated Scenarios with BSN Nursing Students
    Valparaiso University, Doctoral Evidence-based Practice Project, 2012

Previous scholarship/research:

  • Normal Saline vs. Heparin Flushes in Pediatric Population (participant)
    Children’s Memorial Hospital, national multi-site study, 1994
  • An Observational Study of the self-Perceptions of Clinical Competency in New and Experienced Pediatric Staff Nurses
    Loyola University, Thesis, 1984
  • A Correlation Between Supervisors’ and Associate, Diploma and Baccalaureate Nurses’ Perceptions of Clinical Competency with One to Three Years Clinical Experience in Pediatric Nursing
    Loyola University, research study, 1981

Teaching Interests/Courses Taught

  • Fosters learning environments that are non-threatening thus maximizing the potential for critical thinking and decision making.
  • Creative in design and implementation of educational courses/programs and uses this to develop teaching expertise in others.
  • Fosters relationships among health care providers through tactful and diplomatic communication creating an environment rich for positive exchange of expertise.
  • Uses analytical and critical thinking prior to making or acting on decisions.
  • Allocates time and resources to maximize productivity and outcomes.
  • Develops students/staff to reach individual potential by quietly supporting them through a mentor relationship.
    • General Pediatric Courses (Nursing 300 level)
      Pediatric Physical Assessment
      Growth and Development through the Lifespan
      Nutritional Needs of Children
      Musculoskeletal Dysfunction
      Hematological/Immunological Dysfunction
      Care of a Child with Cancer
      Care of Infants and Children with Gastrointestinal Alterations
      Pediatric Medications-Fluid and Calorie Considerations
      Care of a Child with Chronic Illness or a Cognitive Deficit
      Care of a Child with Cardiovascular Dysfunction
      Pediatric Math Workshop with simulation and scenarios
      Medication Math Competency (wrote scenarios & validated math exams)
      Purdue University, College of Nursing, Junior Level Course

Selected Publications

  • Contributing author, McGraw - Hill Clinical Care Plans: Pediatric Nursing, McGraw - Hill Publisher, Abuse/Neglect care plan, 1995.
  • Co-author, CPR Techniques and Safety for your Child. Parent Teaching Booklet. Children’s Memorial Medical Center, 1992.
  • Co-author, Self-Directed Learning Modules: Administration of Medications and Pharmacology. Nursing Orientation materials. Children’s Memorial Medical Center, 1983-1995.
  • Author, Chapter 28, Caring for the Child with an Endocrinological or Metabolic Condition, in textbook by Susan Ward and Shelton M. Hisley, Maternal Child Nursing Care: Optimizing Outcomes for Mothers, Children & Families, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2009.
  • Contributing author, Evidence-Based Pediatric Practice, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2012.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Sigma Theta Tau - Zeta Epsilon Chapter (2012)
  • American Heart Association-Certificate of Achievement-20 years as CPR Instructor