Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar Alumni

Susan Brasher

University of Florida
Susan has dedicated her entire nursing career to pediatric nursing. As a pediatric Registered Nurse, Susan provided care to children in the acute care setting. Her desire to promote family-centered care and improve outcomes in pediatric clients prompted Susan to further her nursing education as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. In 2007, Susan graduated with her MSN degree and began practicing as a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP). Susan has served as a mentor to undergraduate nursing students, graduate nursing students, newly hired Registered Nurses, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Susan's dedication to improving the lives of children and families, particularly those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), inspired her to pursue a doctoral degree. Within the first year of starting the PhD in Nursing program, Susan was appointed the position of co-investigator and research assistant for a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant. As a co-investigator and research assistant, Susan has engaged families within the community on the subject of barriers to early diagnosis and early treatment in children with ASD. Her research interests include ASD in children, specifically the characterization of children with ASD that respond to a Gluten-free and Casein-Free (GFCF) diet. Susan is a proud member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and Golden Key International Honor Society. Throughout her nursing career, Susan has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the pediatric population and has made a tremendous impact. She possesses the necessary potential to make significant contributions in healthcare.