Candidate for Nominating Committee
Susan Dyess PhD, RN, AHN-BC, NE-BC
Assistant Professor & Coordinator for the Advanced Holistic Nursing Graduate Concentration
Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
West Palm Beach, Florida
Susan Dyess is currently an Assistant Professor at the Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing on the Boca Raton, Florida campus. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa, a Master’s in Adult Health with a focus on Parish Nursing and her Ph.D. in Nursing at the Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She is certified in Advanced Holistic Nursing and as a Nurse Executive. In her early career as a registered nurse, she worked in a critical care unit, and in an oncology unit and as an adjunct faculty member. She currently works in her community as a member of the Strategic Nursing Advancement Committee and as a Board Member for the Delray Medical Center. Susan is also part of the faculty Senate, Academic Freedom and Due Process Committee, and STEM to STEAM on the Florida Atlantic University campus, and is a co-chair for the Southern Nursing Research Society’s Research Interest Group: Community/Public Health/Health Promotion. She is very involved in research and has many peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Susan has also earned a variety of content certifications including level one Reiki Practitioner, Gerontology and Healthy Aging certificates, and eLearning Designer/Facilitator, and a has been recognized with several awards including the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s Teacher of the Year.
BSN, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
MS: Adult Health Independent Track, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca Raton, Florida
PhD Nursing, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca Raton, Florida
American Nurses Association
Southern Nursing Research Society
Palm Healthcare Foundation
My 30-year professional career began, first, as a critical care nurse, and subsequently as a community nurse working with faith communities. Years of engaged practice created my desire to pursue evidence that supported excellence in holistic nursing practice; this in turn led to an academic position. In my current academic position, I have collaborated with numerous colleagues to achieve excellence in teaching, research and service, which highlights a holistic approach to nursing and balanced living. Much of my productivity has emerged through collegial collaborations where mutual benefits were realized. As a member of the AHNA nominating committee, I will seek out diverse individuals who support and will advance the mission of the organization.