Leaving A Nursing Legacy 65 over 65 - Suzanne Conlon
Congratulations to Suzanne Conlon, one of the distinguished honorees that will be recognized throughout the year culminating in a state-wide celebration at CLN's 65th Jubilee Luncheon to be held on June 1, 2018.
Pearl of Wisdom
"Be true to your values, be passionate and empathetic and show others what this is by your actions."
About the Honoree
Suzanne's areas of expertise focus on caring for individuals with liver failure, kidney failure and dialysis and transplantation. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Donate Life CT, a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about the need for organ and tissue donation.
In 2006, Suzanne became a full-time faculty member at Gateway Community College, and was elected Academic Chairperson of the Nursing Department in 2012. Suzanne's passion at Gateway was developing critical thinking activities to bring clinical activities into the classroom. Through interactive exercises with the byline "what should the nurse do..." she inspired and challenged generations of nurses.
Suzanne was an active member of the CT Community Colleges Program Committee and the NEAT Team-charged with developing a new curriculum currently utilized by the six ADN programs in CT. She began her nurse faculty career at Sacred Heart University, and then assumed clinical adjunct roles at both Southern Connecticut State University and Quinnipiac University.
On a statewide basis, Suzanne was involved with the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition (CNC-AC), as a member of the South-Central team and acted as the data collector for Gateway Community College to analyze "the gaps" that existed between ADN curriculum and the Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies. She was an engaged member of the South-Central Region to achieve alignment with NOF competencies with the practice and academic partners, Yale New Haven Hospital and Southern Connecticut State University.
Suzanne received the Nightingale award in 2010, and upon her retirement from Gateway in May 2016, she received the Faculty of the Year award. Suzanne earned her Diploma from Middlesex Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from the University of Bridgeport; and an MSN from Sacred Heart University.
Congratulations Suzanne, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!