Susan Allen is the assistant vice president of the Center for Professional Excellence/Education at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a position that she has held since 2003. She has worked at Cincinnati Children’s in staff and management positions throughout her professional career. In her current role, her responsibilities include clinical orientation, RN residency, continuing education, and the international exchange programs for nursing and allied health professionals, as well as student services, clinical advancement, patient and family education, and the medical center’s Magnet® Recognition Program and shared governance initiatives.
Susan began her work in shared governance when it was initiated at Cincinnati Children’s in 1989, and has served in numerous roles within the council structure at the point-of-care and divisional levels throughout the past two decades. In 2006, she served as one of the leaders in a project to enhance interdisciplinary shared governance at Cincinnati Children’s. In 2007, she was the principal investigator of a research study to collect baseline data on nursing and allied health professionals’ perceptions of shared governance using Hess’s Index of Professional Governance prior to the implementation of the enhanced structure in 2008. This was followed by a study to measure these professionals’ perceptions of shared governance two years post-implementation. A third study to evaluate Children’s ongoing progress is planned for the near future.
She received her BSN from the University of Cincinnati, her MSN from Northern Kentucky University, and her PhD in nursing research at the University of Cincinnati. Her dissertation research explored the experiences of clinical nurses as they assumed shared governance council leadership roles as chairs and chair-elects, and learned to share decisions with managers about nursing practice and patient care. Susan is certified in nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Association for Nursing Professional Development, Transcultural Nursing Society, and the Society for Pediatric Nursing. She has published in both nursing and diabetes journals, and she has presented throughout the United States and internationally.