Susan E. Lowey, PhD, RN, CHPN

Susan E. Lowey, PhD, RN, CHPN

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Susan Lowey, PhD, RN, CHPN

Associate Professor

Office: 113 Lathrop Hall

Bio: Susan E. Lowey 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, Nursing Research, and Care of Older Adults. She also serves in the capacity of Advisement Coordinator for the department. 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 the 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 has been an appointed member of the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Registered Nurse Examination Development Committee (RN EDC) since 2013. This work involves developing and revising exam content for the hospice and palliative nurse national certification exam. She has also been an active member on numerous committees within the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Lowey has also been a member of the Omicron Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society since 1998 and most recently in the capacity of a faculty advisor for the chapter since 2012. Dr. Lowey reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, Gerontological Nursing and Research in Nursing & Health.

Books and Book Chapters:

  • Lowey, S.E. (2017). Nursing Beyond the Bedside: 60 Non-Hospital Careers in Nursing. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International Publishing.
  • Lowey, S.E. (2017). End of Life Care in Older Adults. In J. Grabbe (Ed.), Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Vol. 2) (pp. 136-161). Bentam Science
  • Lowey, S.E. (2015). Nursing Care at the End of Life: What Every Clinician Should Know. Geneseo, New York: SUNY Open Textbooks.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Lowey, S.E. (2017). Care transitions among Medicare beneficiaries at the end of life. Nursing 2017, 47(6), 36-43.
  • Lowey, S.E. & Liebel, D.V. (2016). Factors that influence care transitions of end-stage heart failure patients to palliative home care. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 18(6), 572-578.
  • Lowey, S.E., Powers, B.A., Xue, Y. & Smith, J.A. (2015). Opioid use in the last year of life among Medicare beneficiaries with advanced illnesses: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 17(3), 242-248.
  • Lowey, S.E., Norton, S.A.,Quinn, J.R., & Quill, T.E. (2014). A place to get worse: Perspectives on avoiding hospitalization from patients with end-stage cardiopulmonary disease. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 16(6), 338-345.
  • 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.

Recent Research Presentations:

  • Lowey, S.E. "Does Simulating Dying Really Work?: The State of End of Life Care in Nursing Education Curriculum." Presented at the at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly. February, 2017, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Lowey, S.E. "Barriers to Facilitating Palliative Home Care for Heart Failure Patients: Perspectives of Discharge Coordinators." Presented at the at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly. February, 2017, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Okolo, K. & Lowey, S.E. "Poverty competency: Awareness and impact of poverty simulation in the nursing field." Poster presented at the 16th Annual Diversity Conference. October 2016, State University of New York College at Brockport.
  • Lowey, S.E. "Factors Affecting Post-Acute Referrals for Palliative Home Health Care Among Patients with End-Stage Heart Failure." Poster presented at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly. March 2016, Chicago, IL.
  • Lowey, S.E. & Liebel, D. "Factors that Influence Care Transitions of End-Stage Heart Failure Patients to Palliative Home Care." Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America 68th Annual Scientific Meeting. November 2015, Orlando, FL.

Last Updated 4/11/18

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