Bob Woodruff Foundation - Jonas Nursing III Scholar Alumni

Suzanne Chaplik, PhD

University of Utah

Jonas III Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumni - Suzanne ChaplikSuzanne Chaplik received her BSN from Molloy College, New York, her MS in Nursing from the University of Connecticut, and her PhD from the University of Utah. Her nursing experience of 33 years has been in the areas of critical care, acute care and hospital education, including 25 years teaching Registered Nurses about providing care to veterans at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Dr. Chaplik spent four years as faculty at the VA Nursing Academy (VANA) which is a partnership between VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Fairfield University. Dr. Chaplik joined the faculty at Fairfield University as Assistant Professor of the Practice with an appointment at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. As part of her responsibilities she continues to facilitate nursing student education about the special needs of the veterans. In addition, the nursing students learn about collaborative practice involving all disciplines to improve the veterans’ healthcare outcomes. Dr. Chaplik is a member of several nursing organizations, including the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She is currently enrolled in the DNP program at the University of Utah. Dr. Chaplik’s doctoral research focused on the investigation of factors influencing medication adherence in the veteran population. She compared two groups of veterans: those with hypertension versus those with hypertension and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Specific aims of her research were to determine if self-care behaviors, veterans’ perception of involvement in care, and ongoing PTSD treatment influence antihypertensive medication adherence. This study aimed to provide an understanding of how medication management for hypertensive veterans with PTSD may be different from management of care for veterans without PTSD, ultimately contributing to guidance for clinical treatment and potentially preventing serious consequences of a stroke.