Susan Bonhotal

Susan Bonhotal Instructor

"BSN nurses have been shown to increase patient safety and better patient outcomes. BSN will allow you to continue your education.

Degrees Held:

  • MSN — Vanderbilt University, 1987
  • BSN — Vanderbilt University, 1983

Career Highlights:

Worked in cardiovascular critical care, CNS in cardiopulmonary rehab, research in cardiovascular and perinatal health, Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Coordinator in Southwestern IN for 13 years, certified in perinatal and infant massage, Reiki I and II. Special interest in holistic health. Taught at USI for 8 years.

In which online program do you teach?

RN to BSN

Which classes do you teach online?

N327

Which technologies do you use to teach in the online courses? Panopto and voice thread.

How do you interact with online students?

Email and cell phone.

Why did you start teaching?

Passion for education.

What advice would you give to prospective online RN to BSN students?

Strive for knowledge and stay in tuned with new technology. Learning is lifelong. Be the consummate professional.

What is the value of a BSN?

BSN nurses have been shown to increase patient safety and better patient outcomes. BSN will allow you to continue your education.

What qualities make someone particularly successful as a nurse?

Caring, ability to be open to change and continuing education, communication skills, and professionalism.

What do you think is the biggest challenge nurses face today?

Nursing shortages and change in healthcare policy.

What is the one book that you think everyone should read?

Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing.

Links to share?

Bonhotal, S. (2015). Screening and risk factors for anencephaly. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 11(3), 371-372 (http://www.npjournal.org/article/S1555-4155(14)00774-0/abstract )

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