Susan B. Grubbs is an assistant professor at the Francis Marion University department of nursing in Florence, South Carolina. Susan has been a nurse for 54 years. She received her Diploma in Nursing from Orangeburg Regional Hospital School of Nursing, Orangeburg, South Carolina, (1955-1958) and her BSN from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina (1966). Susan completed her MEd with a minor in counseling and guidance from Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina (1977) and a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina (1991). Her medical surgical clinical experience includes, surgical nursing (including operating room), cardiac (including postoperative open heart) and general medical (including nephrology and dialysis). She has experience in nursing administration, staff development, consulting, case management, and legal consultation. Her psychiatric nursing interest includes the prevention of post traumatic stress disorder. As a graduate student at the University of South Carolina she participated in a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to provide mental health services for adolescents who were victims of hurricane Hugo. Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy was the framework for this research grant and her master’s thesis, Self-efficacy In Normal Adolescents (1991).
Susan has taught nursing students enrolled in diploma, associate degree, and baccalaureate, nursing curriculums and served as course coordinator, level coordinator and department chair. She has served as a preceptor for numerous Master’s level graduate nursing students and mentored many new nursing faculty.
Susan has served as an officer and board member of the alumni association of Orangeburg Regional Hospital School of Nursing, South Carolina Nurses Association and the Nursing Honor Society at FMU. She is a volunteer for numerous community groups involved in research, education, and service. She was a member of the South Carolina Board of Nursing (1985-1991), serving of President (1990-1991) and received the Board Member of the Year Award in 1991.