Susan DeNisco, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, CNL

Susan DeNisco, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, CNL

Professor/Director ,DNP Program

Director, Doctor of Nursing Program
Executive Director, College of Health Professions Center for Community Health and Wellness 

Professional Interests 

  • Primary Care with focus on internal medicine 
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Medically underserved populations

 
Clinical Affiliations: 

  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center: Family Health Center 
  • Southwest Community Health Center  

Degrees and Certifications

    • D.N.P., Clinical Leadership, Case Western Reserve University
    • M.S., Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Primary Care Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pace University
    • B.S.N., Western Connecticut State University

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    • NU 550: Family and Community Theory
    • NU 620: Primary Care II
    • NU 630: Primary Care III
    • NU 700: Theoretical Underpinnings of Nursing Science 
    • NU 770: Advanced  
    • NU 810: DNP Scholarship and Advanced Practice I 
    • NU 810: DNP Scholarship and Advanced Practice II

Research Interests & Grants

    Research Interests

    • Vulnerable Populations 
    • Resilience 
    • Emotional Intelligence 
    • Diabetes in African Americans 
    • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
    • Medication Adherence in the Elderly

    Grants

    • Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship HRSA . Awarded $18, 289 for  (AY 2011-2012)
    • Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging: Impact of a Medication Management Program on Adherence and Resilience in Community Dwelling Elders. Grant funded $16,800 (FY 2011-2012)
    • Southwest Connecticut Agency on Aging: Heart & Soul. Awarded $16,800 (FY 2010-2011) to provide health screening, assessment, education and nutrition to hard to reach elderly Latino populations in Bridgeport under the CHP/ Center for Community Health &Wellness Center in collaboration with Optimus Inc. 
    • Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship HRSA A10HP18272. Awarded $21, 936 (AY 2010-2011) 
    • Southwest Connecticut Agency on Aging: Latino Access Points Initiative Program (LEAP). Grant funded $16,800 (FY 2009-2010) to provide health screening, assessment, and education to hard to reach elderly Latino populations in Bridgeport under the St. Charles Health and Wellness Center in collaboration with Optimus Inc., and Southwest Community Health Center.
    • Southwest Connecticut Agency on Aging: Latino Access Points Initiative Program (LEAP). Grant funded $10,000 (FY 2008-2009) to provide health screening, assessment, and education to hard to reach elderly Latino populations in Bridgeport under the St. Charles Health and Wellness Center in collaboration with Optimus Inc., and Southwest Community Health Center.
    • HRSA 04-096 Bridging Communities: Linking Community Health Centers and Universities to
    • Educate Nurse Practitioners. (FY 2005-2006) Awarded $25,000 collaborative grant with Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University, Bridgeport Community Health Center and Southwest Community Health Center
    • Sacred Heart University Academic & Creative Teaching Grant $1000:
    • Personal Digital Assistants in Primary Care: Incorporating the Use of PDA’s in the Clinical Arena AY 2003-2004

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

    • Board of Directors, Mercy Learning Center, 2012- 2015 
    • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Nominee for Excellence in Teaching Award 2012 
    • Connecticut Nurses Foundation: Diamond Jubilee Award, 2010 Florence Wald for Excellence in Nursing Education, 2010 
    • National Health Care for the Homeless Council/ Health Care for the Homeless Clinician’s Network 2010 Award for Outstanding Service – Nominated 
    • National Nursing Center Consortium, Primary Care Champion Award, 2009
    • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Connecticut State Award for Excellence 2007
    • Connecticut Post, Health and Science section, 5/21/07 ”Vital Roles” feature article on clinical work for  the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National Nurse Practitioner Week, 2007

Publications and Presentations

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    Publications
    DeNisco, S. & Barker, A.M.,   (2012).  "Advanced Practice Nursing:  Evolving Roles for the Transformation of the Profession." Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

    DeNisco, S.  “Exploring the Relationship between Resilience and Glycemic Control in African American women with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” Accepted for publication in Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – pending 2011.

    Neu,J., & DeNisco,S., “ Practical Approaches to Treating the Patient with Bipolar Disorder” the American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, January 2007

    Glenn,C., & DeNisco,S., “Self Mutilation in Adolescents” the American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, November 2006

    DeNisco, S., Tiago,C., & Kravitz,C., “Pediatric Attention Deficit Disorder in Primary Care”, the Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Care” August 2005    

    DeNisco, S. & Ferro ,L., “Sjogren’s Syndrome: Recognizing and Treating an Autoimmune Disease” American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, May 2004 edition  

    Presentations
    DeNisco, S. & Burger, S., “Latino Elderly Access Points Initiative Program: Creating Timely, Equitable Access to Health Screening Services”. National Nursing Center Consortium,  Philadelphia, November 2009

    DeNisco, S., Strong, L., Emery, M., A Model of Engaged Learning: Sacred Heart University/St. Charles Health & Wellness Center. Workshop leader,  New England Regional Campus Compact Conference, March 2009

    DeNisco, S., “Exploring the Relationship between Resilience and Glycemic Control in African American women with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” poster presentation at the Region I Health Care for the Homeless Conference, Novemeber 2008 

    DeNisco, S., & Barker,A., “ E-Portfolio: Evaluation Critera” presented at Connecticut Distance Learning Consortum Conference, June 2004    

    DeNisco, S., “Personal Digital Assistants in Primary Care: Incorporating the Use of PDA’s in the Clinical Arena” abstract accepted for presentation at the  AACN Graduate Education Conference 2004   

    DeNisco, S.,and Barker, A., “Evidenced Based Practice: The State of the Art” presentation for the Graduate Alumni Association 2003                         

    DeNisco, S., “A Psychiatric Concentration for Family Nurse Practitioners: 
    Broadening the Scope of Practice” poster presention at American Association of Colleges of Nursing Gradute Education Conference 2002
     
    DeNisco, S., “Managing  Erectile Dysfunction in The Primary Care Setting ” presentation for Pfizer Phamaceuticals 2001

    DeNisco,S. and DeNisco,R.,, “Reaching the Street Homeless: Access Points Initiative Project” presented at the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference 2000 

    Quote: “Generosity is giving more than you can and pride is taking less than you need.” – Kahil Gibran

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