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Susan Burke


Associate Clinical Professor

Advanced Practice Nursing

Susan M. Burke, PhD, RN, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, received a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Science in Nursing from Villanova University and the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner with experience in a wide variety of outpatient and specialty settings. Her areas of clinical interest are primary care/health promotion and the care of children with complex conditions. Her area of research interest is families, especially those experiencing crisis. She has participated in many community service activities such as Project Hope and Habitat for Humanity. She is currently a program evaluator for the CCNE (Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education) and has also served as a program evaluator for the NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accreditation Council). In June 2019, she was appointed to the program director-at-large position of the board of directors of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Professional Society

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Association of Faculty of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs (AFPNP)
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF)
Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Chapter

Selected Publications

Editorial review board membership:

2017-Editorial Board
POJ Nursing Practice & Research Journal
Proskolar Publications

2014-Manuscript Reviewer
Pedagogy in Health Promotion
Sage Publications

2015-Manuscript Reviewer
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Elsevier Publications

Research Interests

The effect of resilience on self-determination and quality of life in adolescents with intellectual disabilities (Dean’s Discretionary Fund 2019).


Pediatric nursing
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing • 1991
    The Catholic University of America
    School of Nursing
    Washington, D.C. Focus of Research: families with chronically ill children
    Concept Analysis: attachment
  • Master of Science in Nursing • 1983
    Villanova University
    College of Nursing
    Villanova, PA
    Functional Component: education
    Clinical Component: maternal child nursing
    Research Project: evaluation of pediatric pain assessment tools
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing  • 1979
    Thomas Jefferson University
    College of Allied Health Sciences
    Department of Nursing
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Post-Masters Certificate Pediatric Nurse Practitioner  • 1995
    The Catholic University of America
    School of Nursing
    Washington, D.C.