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Susan Dyess, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, NE-BC
Associate Professor

p. 561-297-3236
f.  561-297-2416

Office: NU 328 at the Boca Campus


Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (2008)
Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (1998)
University of Iowa, College of Nursing (1984)

Nurse Executive- Board Certified (2014)
Advanced Holistic Nursing- Board Certified (2012)

Advanced Course Completion
Integrative Nurse Coaching (2015-16) 
Healthy Aging Certificate (2014)    
Gerontology Certificate (2014)    
End of Life Care Certificate (2014)    
Level I Reiki Practitioner (2013)    
Spirituality and Healthcare Research Duke University Summer Intensive (2013)    
eLearning Designer/Facilitator Certification Course (2012)  
Research Talk: Qualitative Methods Intensive (2011)   
International Parish Nurse Resource Center; Basic Course, and Faculty Course (1999)    


Dr. Susan Dyess’ currently coordinates the Advanced Holistic Nursing Master's concentration. She is committed to supporting the health of our community and has been involved with a number of research projects and initiatives that advance this commitment. Her practice experience is within critical care and faith community nursing practice settings. She has contributed to local, federal and national grant research submissions and initiatives, related to holistic health and nursing leadership program development. She is from the Midwest but has resided in Florida for more than 30 years. She is active in the professional organizations of SNRS and AHNA. She is happily married and is the mother of three daughters. Living faith and caring while finding balance are priorities. 

Teaching & Research

Dr. Dyess’ research design primarily engaged participatory action approaches and mixed methods while examining key phenomena such as faith, healing practice environments, new nurse transition, emerging nurse leadership development, faith community nursing and holistic modalities. Each research submission and initiative focused on the practice setting as an environment for health and healing, and concurrently attended to the outcomes as well as the development of requisite skills associated with leading holistic nursing responses. Current research includes meditation with acute care nurse leaders and faith community nursing documentation and outcomes.
Her research efforts have advanced holistic nursing leadership through program development and evaluation with a focus on leadership in acute care and community practice settings, most specifically faith-community settings.  She has contributed to the generation of knowledge that supports the holistic development of professionals, caring and holistic practice environment transformation with innovations for holistic practice in acute and community settings. Future research will focus on holistic models of caring and leading interventions to sustain health for professionals, individuals, and communities. 

Dr. Dyess facilitates didactic and practicum courses for Graduate Nursing students in the Advanced Holistic Concentration and the Administrative and Financial Leadership Concentration. Recently she worked with the undergraduate course that addresses creating healing environments. 

Research Foci

  • The impact of holistic practice and  leadership within acute and community settings that highlights positive professional and patient outcomes
  • Faith Community Nursing
  • Meditation

Recent Teaching at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing:

  • NGR 6168 & NRG 6169
  • NGR 6296L & 6297L
  • NGR 6700 Advanced Nursing Situations: Introduction to the Emerging Nurse Leader
  • NGR 6725 Advanced Nursing Situations: Leadership in Nursing Administration
  • NGR 6892 Advanced Nursing Situations: Influencing Healthcare Policy
  • NGR 6110 Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring
  • NGR 6723L & 6724L Practicums 
  • NUR 3171


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*Chaing-Hanisko, L., Newman, D., Dyess, SM, Piyakong, D., Liehr, P (in press) Using mixed methods to expand nursing knowledge.  Applied Nursing Research. 

Dyess, SM, Opalinski, A., Saiswick, K., & Fox, V. (in press) Caring across the healthcare continuum: A call to nurse leaders to manifest values through action with community outreach. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 40 (2)

*Dyess, SM., Sherman, RO., & Pratt, B. (January, 2016). Growing nurse leaders: Their perspectives on nursing leadership and today’s practice environment Online Journal for Issues in Nursing. Vol.21. No1.  

*Opalinski, A. Dyess, S.M. & Gropper, S. (2015). Do faith communities have a role in addressing childhood obesity? Public Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/phn.12226

* Dyess, SM. (2015). An exploration and description of faith-based health resources: Findings inform advancing healthcare reform. Holistic Nursing Practice, 29(4), 216-224. 

*Dyess, SM, Prestia, A. Smith, M. (2015). Support for caring and resiliency among successful nurse leaders. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 39(2), 104-116.

Dyess, S.M., Tappen, R.& Hennekens, CHH. (2014). Increasing the rates of advance care planning: A challenge for inter-professional collaboration.  American Journal of Medicine, 127 (12), 1142-1143.
*Prestia, A., Dyess, S.M. & Sherman, R.O. (2014). Planting seeds of succession. Nursing Management, 45 (3), 31-37.

Dyess, S.M., Chase, S. & Hanaway, K. (2013). Caring in the community: An exemplar within faith community nursing. International Journal for Human Caring, 17(2), 23-28.

*Dyess, S.M., Boykin, A., Bulfin, M.J. (2013). Hearing the voice of nurses in practice: A process of practice environment transformation linked to caring theory. Nursing Science Quarterly, 26(2), 167-173.

Dyess, S.M., Chase, S. & Hanaway, K. (2013), Caring in the community: An exemplar from faith community nursing practice. International Journal for Human Caring, 17(2), 23-28.

*Sherman, R. O., Dyess, S, M., Hannah, E., & Prestia A. (2013). Succession planning for the future through an academic-practice partnership: A nursing administration master's program for emerging nurse leaders. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 37(1)0, 18-27. 

*Dyess, S.M. & Chase, S. (2012). Sustaining health in faith community nursing practice:  Emerging processes that support the development of a middle-range theory. Holistic Nursing Practice, 26(4), 221-227

Prestia, A. & Dyess S.M. (2012). Maximizing caring relationships between nursing assistants and patients: Care partners. Journal of Nursing Administration,42 (3), 44-147

*Dyess, S.M., & Parker, C. (2012). Transition support for the newly licensed nurse: A program that made a difference. Journal of Nursing Management DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01330.x

*Dyess, S.M., & Sherman, R.O. (2011). Developing the leadership skills of new graduates to influence practice environments: A novice nurse leadership program. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 35(4), 313-322.

*Dyess, S. M. (2011). Faith: A concept analysis.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05734.x

Newlin, K., Dyess, S.M., Allard, E. Chase, S., Melkus, G. (2011). A methodological review of faith-based health promotion literature: Advancing the science to expand delivery of Diabetes education to Black Americans.  Journal of Religion and Health, doi 10.1007/s10943-011-9481-9

*Dyess, S. M., & Chase, SK, (2010). Caring for adults living with a chronic illness through communities of faith. International Journal for Human Caring, 14 (4), 38-44. 
Dyess, S.M., Boykin, A. & Rigg, C.  (2010). Integrating caring theory with nursing practice and education:  Connecting with what matters. JONA, 40(11), 498-503
Sherman, R. & Dyess, S.M. (2010). Coaching novice nurses. Nurses First, 3(3), 9-12.
Dyess, S.M., Chase, S.K., & Newlin, K. (2010). State of research for faith community nursing 2009. Journal of Religion and Health, 49(2), 188-199.
Dyess, S.M., & Sherman R.O. (2010). Developing a leadership mindset in new graduates. Nurse Leader, 8 (1), 29-33.

*Dyess, S.M.  & Sherman, R. O. (2009). The first year of practice: New graduate transition and learning needs. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 40(9),403-410.
*Dyess, S. M. (2008). Dissertation: Living in abundance: The experience of living with chronic illness for adults affiliated with a community of faith with access to a faith community nurse. (Dissertation supervisor, Susan Chase)
Sherman, R. & Dyess, S. (2007). Be a coach for novice nurse. American Nurse Today, 2 (5), 54-55.
Sherman, R. & Dyess, S.M. (2009). Understanding group and individual needs. In N. Gantz, 101 Global leadership lessons for nurses: Shared legacies from leaders and their mentees (pp.218-223).  Indianapolis: IN: Sigma Theta Tau International Press 
Dyess, S.M. (2002) Parish Nursing, In C. Chambers-Clark (Ed.) Health promotion in communities:  Holistic and wellness approaches. (pp. 409-417) New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. 

Guest editorials, book reviews or other publications:

Dyess, S.M. (2013). Book Review: Gottlieb, L. Strengths-Based Nursing Care: New  York NY.:Springer. Nursing Forum, 48(1), 2.

Sherman, R.O. & Dyess, S. M. (2010). New graduate transition into practice during turbulent economic times. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(7), doi:10.3928/01484834-20100621-01
Dyess, S.M. (2008). Book Review: Newman, M.A. Transforming Presence: The Difference that Nursing Makes. Philadelphia: F.A.Davis Co.  Visions, 15 (1), 56-58.

Recognition & Awards

Research Awards

2013: Exploration and Description of Faith-based Health Resources in Palm Beach County: $ 24,021. Palm Healthcare Foundation. (Principal Investigator)

2011-2014: HRSA Advanced Education in Nursing. 827,000. Succession Planning for the Future: A Nursing Administration Master’s Degree for Emerging Leaders (Project Director, Co-Investigator)
2006-2011: Novice Nurse Program under the auspices of The Nursing Leadership Institute: $662,483, Palm Healthcare Foundation. (Project Director, Co-Investigator and Principal Investigator) 

2015: The relationship of a systematic faith-friendly meditation practice with nurse leaders on stress, mindfulness, locus of control, self-esteem and patient satisfaction. $1,500 Sigma Theta Tau International Iota Xi Chapter (Pilot Study, Principal Investigator).

2015: Undergraduate Summer Research Grant $3,500, The relationship of a systematic faith friendly meditation practice with nurse leaders on stress, mindfulness, locus of control, self-esteem and patient satisfaction (Pilot Study, Principal Investigator, Faculty Mentor).

2015: Undergraduate  Basic Research Grant $500, The relationship of a systematic faith friendly meditation practice with nurse leaders on stress, mindfulness, locus of control, self-esteem and patient satisfaction (Pilot Study, Principal Investigator, Faculty Mentor).

2012: Exploring the power of social engagement resources to sustain health for ethnically diverse community dwelling elders.  $2,500 Healthy Aging Research Initiative (HARI) Seed Grant. (Principal Investigator)

2012: Faculty Research Mentor/ Mentee Program. $ 2,000 Florida Atlantic University Division of Research. (Mentee)

2010:  Enhancing the work environment, improving nurse satisfaction, diminishing horizontal violence and linking to education with critical care unit at a community hospital. $1,000 Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Xi Chapter. (Co-Principal Investigator) 
Rotary Club of Boca Raton, Teacher of the Year (2014) 
Florida Nurse’s Association Great 100 Nurses; Role Model Category (2013)                
Finalist Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Nurse’s of Distinction; Educator Category (2013)
Finalist Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Nurse’s of Distinction; Leadership Category (2011)
Finalist Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Nurse’s of Distinction; Educator Category (2008)
Graduate Student Leadership Award of the Year, Florida Atlantic University (2007)
Commitment to Community Award, Palm Healthcare Foundation (2007)

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