Susan K. Walsh, MHSA, RN, FACHE
Susan K. Walsh, MHSA, RN, FACHE

Susan K. Walsh, MHSA, RN, FACHE

Assistant Professor
Program Director, Health Administration and Policy - Completed Program Review and drafted plan/timeline for certification by AUPHA (Association of University Programs in Health Administration)  Liaison to HAPSA (Health Administration and Policy Student Association) which led to monthly meetings and multiple educational offerings including SLU graduate school presentation  Coordinated HAP course schedules for academic year  On-boarded and oriented three new faculty  Perform senior checks to ensure majors and minors are eligible for winter, spring, and summer graduation  Coordinated acceptance of major/minor requests for HAP and PH (Public Health); implemented personalized acknowledgement emails for each newly accepted student
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • Assistant Professor


Susan Walsh proudly followed in her mother’s footsteps as a nursing student at Creighton University.  Building on experience as an Emergency Department nurse and House Supervisor, she began her career in healthcare administration at Creighton University’s Cardiac Center.  Walsh directed operational change including a significant move from the hospital to a freestanding ambulatory center.  She also led Joint Commission Accreditation, implementation of a service excellence culture, and the formation of full-time, rural cardiology offices in Iowa and Nebraska.  Walsh then moved on to direct Cardiac Services at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center where she guided the development of Nebraska’s first pediatric Heart Transplant Program.  She served as a preceptor for Health Administration and Policy (HAP) interns since 2000 and as an adjunct instructor for nine years. In August 2014, Walsh became a full-time faculty member and has been able to combine her passions for healthcare, teaching, and advising.  In 2016, she assumed the director role for the HAP undergraduate program.  Walsh loves watching students light up when they apply textbook knowledge to real-world healthcare administration situations, especially in their internship course. 

Publications and Presentations


  • Umberger, L. and Walsh, S. K. Annual Education Day: How to Efficiently and Effectively Educate Your Staff., Group Practice Journal, 58(6), 16-20, 2009


  • Why Healthcare Administrators Need Attorneys. Fraser Stryker Law Clerks, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • How are Academic Departments Dealing with the Financial Crisis? Association of Pathology Chairs Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA., 2009
  • Service Excellence in Healthcare. Health Administration and Policy Student Association Meeting, Omaha, NE., 2004
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Personal Computer. American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management, Kearney, NE., 2000

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Curriculum Development, Internship Development

Current Research Projects

  • Curriculum and Certification for Health Administration and Policy undergraduate programs and students

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching for Tomorrow Award, Creighton Student Union, 2016
  • Award for Professional Excellence - Major Advising, College of Arts and Sciences, 2016
  • Mentoring and Leader Development Award, Nebraska and Western Iowa ACHE, 2016
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Week Award, Delta Zeta, Theta Eta Chapter, 2015