Doctor of Philosophy in Health Practice Research, 2011. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY
Masters in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Care of Children/Families), 1997. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY
BS in Nursing, 1990. Alfred University School of Nursing. Alfred, NY
Susan Ciurzynski earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alfred University and master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Rochester. She brings nearly 30 years of experience to her role as professor of clinical nursing and director of the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Ciurzynski mentors adult learners in a variety of settings and is a leader in designing and presenting educational offerings using interactive and innovative teaching methods. She was instrumental in the development and national rollout of a comprehensive online Care Management Education program, the first of its kind to be offered by a university.
As a senior advanced practice registered nurse, Ciurzynski assists clinicians with measuring process and outcome measures for a variety of clinical programs. Her multi-modal approach for helping organizations improve specialty certification rates and addressing compassion fatigue are among several of her national contributions.
A nationally certified professional development specialist, Ciurzynski assists interprofessional teams to provide continuing education for nurses and other health care team members. She is an integral member of the Rochester Academy of Medicine which addresses the ongoing education needs of interprofessional clinicians across New York State.
She serves as mentor champion of the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses, as well as for faculty seeking clinical appointment or promotion. She is the recipient of several awards for outstanding achievements in education/mentoring, research and evidence-based practice, and for improving the well-being of hospitalized children.
Ciurzynski, S.M., Gottfried, J.A., Pietraszewski, J., & Zalewski, M. (2017). Impact of Training Frequency on Nurses' Pediatric Resuscitation Skills.Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 33 (5), E1-E7.
Gaisser D, Ciurzynski SM (2016). Reaching for the stars: RN to BSN.Nursing 2016, 46 (1), 18-20.
Sacco, T.L., Ciurzynski, S.M., Harvey, M.E., & Ingersoll, G.L. (2015). Compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue among critical care nurses.Critical Care Nurse, 35 (4), 32-42.
Ciurzynski, S.M. & Serwetnyk, T.M. (2015). Increasing Nurse Certification Rates Using a Multimodal Approach.Journal of Nursing Administration, 45 (4), 226-233.
Martin H, Ciurzynski S. (2015). Situation, background, assessment, and recommendation-guided huddles improve communication and teamwork in the emergency department.Journal of Emergency Nursing, 41, 484-488.
Ciurzynski, S.M. (2014). Can presentation skills be taught?.STTI's Leader Lines: The newsletter for chapter leaders.
Ciurzynski, S.M., Ingersoll, G.L., Xue, Y., D’Angio, C.T., Chen, D., Parshuram, C. (2011). Cardiac arrest in young infants: A study of antecedent vital signs..Completed manuscript submission requirements for the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation (National Registry of CPR) Investigators..
Rhee, H., Belyea, M.J., Ciurzynski, S., & Brasch, J. (2009). Barriers to asthma self-management in adolescents: Relationships to psychosocial factors.Pediatric Pulmonology, 44 (2), 183-191.
Rhee, H., Ciurzynski, S.M., & Yoos, H.L. (2008). Perils and pitfalls of community-based group interventions for adolescents: Lessons learned from an adolescent asthma camp study.Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 31 (3), 122-135.
Ciurzynski, S.M. (1997). Parental role change and negative child behaviors following critical care hospitalization.Unpublished Master's Thesis, University of Rochester School of Nursing.