December 2013 Commencement Speaker
Susan Letvak is a Professor in The Department of Adult Health Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Letvak completed her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, and her PhD in Nursing from Adelphi University in NY. Dr. Letvak came to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Professor in 2013. Letvak also serves as the department head for the Adult Health Nursing Department.
Dr. Letvak's research interests focus on the aging, health, safety of nurses, as well as patient safety and quality of care. She works with two large healthcare systems in developing and implementing "older nurse" programs with the goal of retaining experienced nurses. She works closely with Cone Health assisting in research studies and evidence based practice protocols to assure optimal quality of care.
Dr. Letvak has authored over 50 scholarly articles and invited book chapters published in journals such as the American Journal of Nursing, Nursing Management, and Journal of Nursing Administration. Most recently, Dr. Letvak authored a manuscript entitled, "We Can't Ignore Nurse Health Anymore" which was published in Nursing Administration Quarterly. She regularly presents her work in regional, national and international scholarly forums. Her research has been highlighted in the NY Times and she has been a guest on NPR radio. Most recently, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and won the North Carolina Nurses Association Researcher of the year award. Dr. Letvak's research has been funded by the American Nursing Foundation, Association of Pei-Operative Nurses, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense and the NIH.
Dr. Letvak's primary teaching responsibilities are in the Master's and PhD programs in the School of Nursing. She especially enjoys web-based teaching and utilizing creative teaching strategies. Having been in ROTC in college and serving as a US Navy Nurse, she now is the advisor and advocate for UNCG nursing students who are in ROTC. Dr. Letvak also greatly enjoys staying connected with graduated students who are all over the U.S., and hearing of their many successes.