Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Susan Hopper, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Pace University
DNP Student

My nursing career has been a wonderful experience both in the civilian and military health care.  Initially beginning in Oncology and bone marrow transplantation. I was Oncology Nurse Certified during my 15 years. Returning to school in 2001, I moved to the emergency room, for additional training as I worked towards my Masters in Nursing and my Adult Nurse Practitioner degree. I later returned for my post graduate certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I currently work in a busy inner city emergency department taking care of complex medical emergencies and health care issues. Following the terrorist attacks on our nation September 11, 2001 I was moved to commission in the United States Army Reserves, Nursing Corp. I deployed to Iraq during 2005-2006, in a Combat Support Hospital Unit providing emergency care to military service members as well as detainees. 2013-2015, I was mobilized to San Antonio, Texas as a Supervising Nurse Case Manager for the Warrior Transition Battalion. This leadership position was an opportunity to work with both military and civilian department of defense nurses who case manage our nation’s most severely wounded and ill Soldiers. Since 2008, I have been employed by Mount Saint Mary College, as an Adjunct Professor, working in both the BSN and NP programs. Currently, I am working towards my DNP at Pace University, with a great interest in caring for our nations veterans, specifically looking into providing care for those affected by PTSD. So many of our Soldiers return home and suffer alone.