Susan R. Allen, PhD, RN-BC


allenSusan Allen, PhD, RN-BC is currently an assistant professor, and the associate director of the DNP in Population Health Leadership and Clinical Nurse Leaders programs at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She teaches in the DNP, MSN, and ABSN programs, where she has the opportunity to explain the importance of nursing leadership and interprofessional shared decision making to her students.

Dr. Allen was an assistant vice president in the Center for Professional Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s until her retirement from that organization in July 2016. In her AVP role, her responsibilities included clinical orientation, the RN residency program, continuing education, and the international exchange programs for nursing and allied health professionals, as well as the shared governance program, student services, clinical advancement, patient and family education, and the medical center’s Magnet® Recognition Program. Before her AVP role, she worked in staff and management positions during her 40-year nursing career at Cincinnati Children’s.

Susan began her work in shared governance when it was initiated at Cincinnati Children’s in 1989, and served in numerous roles within the council structure at the point-of-care and divisional levels in the years that followed. In 2006, she was one of the leaders in a project to enhance interprofessional 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. 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.

Dr. Allen 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. Susan is certified in nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Transcultural Nursing Society, Association for Nursing Professional Development, American Holistic Nurses Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She was co-author of a book chapter on interprofessional shared governance in Swihart’s and Hess’s Shared governance: A Practical Approach to Transforming Interprofessional Healthcare, 3rd ed., and has published in both nursing and diabetes journals. Susan has presented throughout the United States and internationally on a variety of subjects, including shared governance.