Susana González is an amazing nurse advocate and leader who fully commits to everything she embraces. Her purpose in life is to leave this world a little better than she found it. She is especially focused on mentoring and developing the next generation of bilingual bicultural Spanish speaking nurses and promoting all levels of education in changing their lives.
Susana is currently a nurse educator and consultant providing education and training services for a Home Care agency in Chicago. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty at Morton College and DePaul University schools of nursing. Susana is strong in developing and leading operations, academics, simulation skill learning, and excellent with coordinating partnership development.
Throughout her career Susana has role modeled true servant leadership and served on numerous committees and board of directors of key organizations on a local, state and national level. She continues to be at the forefront on health care issues for women, infants, children, and the nursing profession. She is active on advisory committees for elected officials in the State of Illinois and she is an exemplar advocate for public policy change especially in for the nurse profession and diversity and inclusion in higher education. She is a climate change champion, and an exemplar role model and mentor to aspiring nurses who seek a career in healthcare. She mentors and guides students in any capacity that she can offer. She takes an opportunity to truly make a difference. A recent service is her volunteerism on several biannual medical missions on the island of Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria.
Susana has served on many boards of directors, such as the March of Dimes-Chicago, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium. At this time, she a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois as the Past President and serves on the National board, where she co-chaired the National Policy and Advocacy and now the Membership committees. She is an active member of Illinois HealthCare Action Coalition and the American Nurses Association-Illinois where she serves on the board of directors. In addition, Susana is a member of the Illinois Organization of Nurse leaders on the Policy & Advocacy Committee.
Susana has received numerous nominations, recognitions, and awards for her compassionate servant leadership work. To highlight a few: The regional Volunteerism and Service Award from Nursing Spectrum, Mujeres Latinas en Acción- Community Service Award, Illinois Maternal Child Health Coalition; Loretta Lacey Award, MacNeal Nursing Excellence Community Service Award, ASPIRA Excellence in Health Award, March of Dimes Outstanding Nurse of the year award, Windy City Woman of Color- Educator and Advocate Award, Chicago Latino in Philanthropy Award, and Infant Welfare Society Nursing Director of the year. She has been profiled on WLS-TV Channel 7 during Hispanic Heritage Month. She has received the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Community Service Award and the March of Dimes-Jonas Salk Nurse of the Year award for her commitment to service. She was just named Nurse of the Year for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and Ambassador of the year for 2018. Recently she was honored with the Nurse Leadership award for the Illinois chapter of NAHN in 2019.
Susana is well prepared educationally with dual master’s degrees MSN and MHA. She is a life role model for nursing education and community servant leadership. On a personal note: She lives by the philosophy that if there is something, she can do for you now, then let it be so. For, we may not walk this path again.