Sue McFarlan, DNP

McFarlanVisiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
Webster Hall 200C





Sue McFarlan is a nurse with over 29 years of experience in critical care and leadership.  Her main area of interest is facilitating the development of nursing leadership at all levels.  Her goal is to improve patient outcomes, strengthen and empower the nursing profession, and the healthcare system as a whole.

Bedside nursing care drives patient outcomes and the leaders providing management at this level are pivotal in achieving patient outcomes, staff satisfaction, retention, healthy work environments and all organizational outcomes.  Sue’s  interest is in empowering nurses at the bedside and middle management to be innovative and provide evidence based nursing and leadership. 

From providing care at the bedside to implementing a Rapid Response Team, and being a nurse leader over hospital units, Sue has sought to educate and empower nurses to practice to their greatest ability.  Sue espouses that mutual respect, knowledge and an environment of appreciative inquiry are keys to creating an innovative and healthy nursing leadership force. 

Recently Sue achieved the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.  A St. Louis native, she will be accepting an assistant professor role at Webster University in fall 2015.  This is an opportunity to work with nurses taking leadership courses in the RN to BSN and the BSN to MSN programs, and to teach and learn with them.  Sue is very interested in implementing interactive and engaging learning techniques with her students, helping them to apply new knowledge in their practice environments.