Susan E. Lowey, PhD, RN, CHPN
Susan E. Lowey PhD, RN, CHPN, Assistant Professor, joined the faculty in the Department of Nursing in August 2012. Dr. Lowey works with both juniors and seniors in the traditional BSN program, teaching Community Health Nursing and Nursing Research. Brockport alumni, Dr. Lowey graduated with her BS degree in nursing from SUNY Brockport in 1998. In 2006, she received her Master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in population focused care from St. John Fisher College. This was followed by completion of her PhD in Health Practice Research from the University of Rochester in 2011. During her doctoral work, she received a Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research and an International Small Grant from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing to complete her research study entitled, “Care Preferences of Individuals Living with Advanced Cardiac and Respiratory Illness”. For her post-doctoral work Dr. Lowey was one out of seven scholars in the country to be awarded the prestigious Claire M. Fagin Fellowship from the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program, a partnership between the John A. Hartford Foundation and the American Academy of Nursing. This post-doctoral study examined the use of opioid medications and health care utilization among elderly Medicare beneficiaries during their last year of life.
The majority of her clinical practice has been as a community health hospice nurse providing care for dying patients and their loved ones. Dr. Lowey holds national certification as a board certified hospice and palliative care nurse (CHPN) through the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. In addition, she is a certified ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) trainer (Core and Geriatric). ELNEC is a national education initiative to improve palliative care that provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty with training in palliative care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students and practicing nurses.
Dr. Lowey also holds several leadership positions with national professional organizations. She is an appointed member of the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Registered Nurse Examination Development Committee (RN EDC). This work involves developing and revising exam content for the hospice and palliative nursenational certification exam. She also holds another appointment as the ESPO Representative on the Membership Executive Committee through the Gerontological Society of America.She also serves as one of the faculty representatives for Omicron Beta, Brockport’s Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Dr. Lowey reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and Research in Nursing & Health, reviews abstracts for the annual scientific sessions of the Gerontological Society of America and Eastern Nursing Research Society. Additionally, she is a member of several professional organizations including: Eastern Nursing Research Society, Gerontological Society of America, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
Recent Research Presentations:
Lowey, S.E. & Roberts, T. “Optimizing Care Transitions: Improving Services, Programs and Policies for Vulnerable Older Adults.” Developed and co-chaired ESPO
SRPP symposium session at the Gerontological Society of America 66th Annual Scientific Meeting. November 2013, New Orleans, LA.
Lowey, S.E., Xue, Y., & Powers, B.A. “Health Care & Resource Utilization Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Advanced Illnesses.” Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America 66th Annual Scientific Meeting. November 2013, New Orleans, LA.
Lowey, S.E., Xue, Y., Smith, J.A., & Powers, B.A. “Differences in Healthcare Utilization and Opioid Use in the Last Year of Life Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Advanced Illnesses.” Paper presented at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 25rd Annual Scientific Sessions. April 2013, Boston, MA.
Lowey, S.E., Smith, J.A., Xue, Y., & Powers, B.A. “Opioid Use During the Last Year of Life Among Older Adults with Advanced Illnesses.” Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting. November 2012, San Diego, CA.
Lowey, S.E., Powers, B.A., & Xue, Y. “Opioid Use for the Palliation of Terminal Dyspnea in Older Adults with Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.” Poster presented at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 24rd Annual Scientific Sessions. March 2012, New Haven, CT.
Lowey, S.E., Norton, S.A., Quinn, J.R., & Quill, T.E. (in review). A Place to Get Worse: Perspectives on Avoiding Hospitalization from Patients with End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing.
Lowey, S.E., Norton, S.A., Quinn, J.R., & Quill, T.E. (2013). Living with advanced heart failure or COPD: Experiences and goals of individuals nearing the end of life. Research in Nursing & Health, 36, 349-358.
Lowey, S. E., Powers, B.A., & Xue, Y. (2013). Short of breath and dying: State of the science on opioids for the palliation of refractory dyspnea in older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39(2), 43-52.
Lowey, S. E. (2008). Letting go before a death: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 63(2), 208-215.
Lowey, S. E. (2008). Communication between the nurse and family caregiver in end-of life care: A review of the literature. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 10, 35-48.
Lowey, S. E. (2006). Spinal cord compression: An oncologic emergency associated with metastatic cancer- Evaluation and management for the home care clinician. Home Healthcare Nurse, 24(7), 439-446.