OMNE has awarded its 2019 Nursing Leadership Award to Susan Sepples PhD, MSN, RN. Su is a practicing critical care nurse, a community and home health advocate and an expert teacher with over 30 years bedside care, 20 years in community work and over 20 years in the classroom.

Her scholarly work focused on nursing workforce both from the academic viewpoint and from a practice viewpoint.

Su has led the collection of statewide nursing program data for many years. This information is critical to our ability to address Maine’s nursing workforce challenge. Su recently testified on legislation to fund the nurse faculty loan repayment program. Her testimony was powerful and impactful providing the committee data on the challenge of nursing faculty in Maine.

Su is a leader in many Maine Nursing initiatives including Maine Nursing Action Coalition that helped develop the nursing workforce supply and demand forecast for Maine with NEONI.