Susan O’Conner-Von, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FNAP

Professor
Susan O'Conner-Von

Contact

Office Address

6-128 Weaver Densford Hall
308 Harvard St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Titles

Professor
Katherine R. & C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership

Education

PhD, Rush University
Major: Nursing

MS, University of Minnesota
Major: Childbearing-Childrearing Family Nursing and Adult Education

BS, Mt. Mercy College
Major: Nursing

Licensures and Certifications

Registered Nurse, State of Minnesota, Board of Nursing
Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing
Pain Management Nursing, American Nurses Credentialing Center

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Biography

Bio

Susan O’Conner-Von,  PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FNAP, is a Professor in the School of Nursing. Susan has vast experience as a practicing nurse specializing in pediatric pain management, intensive care, and palliative care. She advances interprofessional health care through her program of research, teaching and service activities with a focus on holistic pain and palliative care. In the classroom, her personalized involvement with her students ignites passion for nursing research, professional development and life-long learning. She inspires students to provide superb holistic care and to deeply consider the humanity of every patient. Susan is motivated by her students and credits them for having shaped her to be the nurse educator she is today. 

Outside of the classroom, Susan is a long-time hospice volunteer and was one of the first in the twin cities to pioneer the use of therapy dogs in hospice care. She was on staff at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul for 33 years. Susan has received numerous awards recognizing her accomplishments, most recently her induction into the University of Minnesota Academy of Di

Teaching Summary

Academic Interests and Focus
Care of Children with Chronic Health Conditions; Pediatric Pain; Palliative Care; Ethics; Spirituality

Honors and Recognition

  • Distinguished Fellow, National Academies of Practice, 2020
  • President's Award, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, 2020
  • Excellence in Practice, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Nurses Alumni Award, 2020
  • Outstanding Nurse Educator , Mpls St. Paul Magazine, 2019
  • Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education, University of Minnesota, 2019
  • Dr. Jo Eland Excellence in Pediatric Nursing Award, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, 2017
  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse of the Year, Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center, 2016
  • The Daisy Faculty Award for Exceptional Mentorship, The Daisy Foundation, 2013
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Mt. Mercy University, 2011
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Mt. Mercy University, 2011
  • Pain Research Methodologies Boot Camp Participant, NIH/NINR, 2011
  • Innovator's Award: Excellence in Nursing Education, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2011
  • Nurse of the Year: Palliative and Hospice Care, March of Dimes, 2010
  • E. Louise Grant Award for Excellence in Nursing , University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2010
  • Ellen Rudy Clore Excellence in Research Writing Award, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 2009
  • Nurse Educator Award, Minnesota Nurses Association, 2007
  • Public Service Award, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2006
  • APSMN Research Poster Award, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, 2006
  • Excellence in Nursing Education, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2004
  • Award of Merit – Research Poster Presentation, AORN Congress, Anaheim, CA, 2002
  • First Susan Schmidt Memorial Achievement Award, Upper Midwest Chapter of ASPMN, 2001
  • ASPMN Members’ Choice Poster Award, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, 2000
  • Katherine Densford Dreves Research Award, Minnesota Nurses Association, 1999
  • Kellogg Foundation Award, Rush University, Chicago, IL., 1995
  • Kellogg Foundation Award, Rush University, Chicago, IL., 1994
  • Professional Nurse Traineeship, University of Minnesota, 1992
  • Pi Lamda Theta, University of Minnesota, 1983
  • Professional Nurse Traineeship, University of Minnesota, 1982
  • Sigma Theta Tau, University of Minnesota, 1982

Professional Memberships

American Society for Pain Management Nursing, Board of Directors, 2013-2015

Midwest Nursing Research Society, Student Poster Award Committee, 2009-2014

American Society for Pain Management Nursing, National Research Committee, 2004-2013

American Society for Pain Management Nursing, Research Committee Chair, 2009-2012

American Society for Pain Management Nursing, Planning Committee for Annual Upper Midwest Conference, 1998-2007

  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing, Secretary - Upper Midwest Chapter of ASPMN, 2003-2006
  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing, National Nominating Committee, 2002-2003
  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing, President - Upper Midwest Chapter of ASPMN, 2002-2002
  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing, Membership Chair for Upper Midwest Chapter of ASPMN, 1999-2001
  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing, National Nominating Committee, 1999-2000
  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing, Treasurer for Upper Midwest Chapter of ASPMN, 1997-1999
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, 21st Conference Committee, 1997-1997
  • Minnesota Nurses Association, Member, Commission on Practice, 1989-1993
  • Minnesota Nurses Association, Co-Chair, Commission on Practice, 1991-1992
  • Minnesota Nurses Association, Member
  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing, National Research Committee
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, Member
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care, Board of Directors
  • Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care, Chair - Education Committee
  • American Nurses Association, Professional Issues Panel Advisory Group: Palliative/End of Life Care
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing, Member

Publications

Selected Publications

Smith, C. E., Levonian, Z., Ma, H., Giaquinto, R., Lein-Mcdonough, G., Li, Z., O'Conner-Von, S., Yarosh, S. (2020). "I Cannot Do All of This Alone": Exploring Instrumental and Prayer Support in Online Health Communities. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 27 (5). doi: https://doi.org/10.1145/3402855

Bennett, F., O'Conner-Von, S. (2020). Communication Interventions to Improve Goal-Concordant Care of Seriously Ill Patients: An Integrative Review. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 22 (1): 40-48.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/NJH.0000000000000606

Meghani, N., Tracy, M. F., O'Conner-Von, S., Hadidi, N. N., Mathiason, M. A., Lindquist, R. (2020). Generating Evidence of Critical Care Nurses' Perceptions, Knowledge, Beliefs, and Use of Music Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Guided Imagery. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 39 (1): 47-57. doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/DCC.0000000000000391

Kalb, K. A., O'Conner-Von, S. (2019). Holistic Nursing Education: Teaching in a Holistic Way. Nursing Education Perspectives, 40 (3): 162-164. doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000405

O'Conner-Von, S. (2019). Integrative Nursing Management of Grief. In Kreitzer, M. J., Koithan, M. (Eds.), Integrative Nursing Oxford Press, 334-349. New York, NY,

O'Conner-Von, S., Heck, C. (2018). Complementary and integrative therapies for pain management. In Czarnecki, M., Turner, H. (Eds.), Core curriculum for pain management nursing. Elsevier, 505-532. St. Louis, MO,

Pruinelli, L., Ma, S., Westra, B. L., Johnson, S. G., O'Conner Von, S., Speedie, S. M. (2018). Multiple Factors Drive Opioid Prescribing at the Time of Discharge. Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium, 2018 916-921.

Kamrath, H., Osterholm, E., Stover-Haney, R., George, T., O'Conner-Von, S., Needle, J. (2018). Lasting legacy: Maternal perspective of Perinatal Palliative Care. Journal of Palliative Medicine (online),
doi: https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2018.0303

O'Conner-Von, S. (2018). Animal-assisted Therapy. In Lindquist, R., Tracy, M., Snyder, M. (Eds.), Complementary & Alternative Therapies in Nursing Springer Publications, 225-246. New York, NY.

Stevens, M., O'Conner-Von, S. (2016). Parent Coping with Adolescent Trichotillomania. The Journal of School Nursing, 32 (6): 423-435.

Kalb, K. A., O'Conner-Von, S. K., Brockway, C., Rierson, C. L., Sendelbach, S. (2015). Evidence-based Teaching Practice in Nursing Education: Faculty Perspectives and Practices. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36 (4): 212-219.
doi: https://doi.org/10.5480/14-1472

Quinlan-Cowell, A., O'Conner-Von, S. (2014). Shifting the Paradigm of Pain. Southern Pain Society Journal, 2-3.

O'Conner-Von, S. (2014). Spirituality in Children. In Kline, N. E. (Ed.), Essentials of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing: A Core Curriculum. Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, (4th ed): Glenview, IL,

Twycross, A., O'Conner-Von, S. (2014). Education for Paediatric Pain. In McGrath, P., Stevens, B., Zempsky, W. (Eds.), The Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain Oxford University Press, (2 ed.): 653-660. Oxford, England:

O'Conner-Von, S. (2014). Animal-assisted Therapy. In Lindquist, R., Snyder, M., Tracy, M. (Eds.), Complementary & Alternative Therapies in Nursing Springer Publications, 229-252. New York, NY,

O'Conner-Von, S., Turner, H. N. (2013). American Society for Pain Management Nursing Position Statement: Male Infant Circumcision Pain Management. Position Statement: Male Infant Circumcision Pain Management Pain Management Nursing, 14 (4): 379-382.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2011.08.007

Reeder, C., LeGrand, A., O'Conner-Von, S. (2013). The Effect of Fenugreek on Milk Production and Prolactin Levels in Mothers of Preterm Infants. Clinical Lactation, 4 (4): 159-165.

Kalb, K. A., O'Conner-Von, S. (2012). Strategies in Education: Breaking Down Silos, Building Up Teams. Health Progress, 93 38-42.

Kalb, K. A., O'Conner-Von, S. K., Schipper, L. M., Watkins, A. K., Yetter, D. M. (2012). Educating Leaders in Nursing: Faculty Perspectives. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 9 (1):
doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/1548-923X.2215

O'Conner-Von, S. (2012). Growth and Development of the School-age Child. In Potts, N., Mandleco, B. (Eds.), Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children and Their Families Thomson Delmar Learning, Clifton Park, NY,

Ware, L. J., Bruckenthal, P., Davis, G. C., O'Conner-Von, S. K. (2011). Factors That Influence Patient Advocacy by Pain Management Nurses: Results of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing Survey. Pain Management Nursing, 12 (1): 25-32.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2009.12.001

Lindeke, L. L., Anderson, S. E., Chesney, M. L., O'Conner-Von, S. (2010). Family-centered Health Care/Medical Home: APN Roles in Shaping New Care Models. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 24 (6): 413-416.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.07.009

Looman, W. S., Thurmes, A. K., O'Conner-Von, S. K. (2010). Quality of Life Among children with Velocardiofacial Syndrome. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 47 (3): 273-283.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1597/09-009.1

O'Conner-Von, S. (2010). Animal-assisted Therapy. In Lindquist, R., Snyder, M. (Eds.), Complementary & Alternative Therapies in Nursing Springer Publications, New York, NY,

O'Conner-Von, S., Osterlund, H., Simpson, M. (2010). Integrative therapies for Pain Management. In St. Marie, S. (Ed.), Core Curriculum for Pain Management Nursing. Kendall Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, IA,

Liaschenko, J., O'Conner-Von, S., Peden-Mcalpine, C. (2009). The "Big Picture": Communicating with Families about End-of-Life Care in Intensive Care Unit. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 28 (5): 224-231.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/DCC.0b013e3181ac4c95

Looman, W. S., O'Conner-Von, S. K., Ferski, G. J., Hildenbrand, D. A. (2009). Financial and Employment Problems in Families of Children With Special Health Care Needs: Implications for Research and Practice. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 23 (2): 117-125.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2008.03.001

O'Conner-Von, S. K., Looman, W. S., Lindeke, L. L., Garwick, A., Leonard, B. (2009). Preparing Pediatric Nurse Leaders for Practice. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 33 (1): 73-77.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NAQ.0000343354.24032.51

O'Conner-Von, S. (2009). Coping with Cancer: A Web-based Educational Program for Early and Middle Adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 26 (4): 230-241.

O'Conner-Von, S. (2008). Preparation of Adolescents for Outpatient Surgery: Using an Internet Program. AORN Journal, 87 (2):
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aorn.2007.07.024

Matthews, A. L., O'Conner-Von, S. (2008). Administration of Comfort Medication at End of Life in Neonates: Effects of Weight. Neonatal network : NN, 27 (4): 223-227.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1891/0730-0832.27.4.223

Looman, W. S., O'Conner-Von, S., Lindeke, L. L. (2008). Caring for Children With Special Health Care Needs and Their Families: What Advanced Practice Nurses Need to Know. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 4 (7): 512-517.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2008.04.021

Kalb, K. A., O'Conner-Von, S. (2007). Ethics Education in Advanced Practice Nursing Respect for Human Dignity. Nursing Education Perspectives, 28 (4): 196-202.

O'Conner-Von, S. (2007). Growth and Development of the School-Age Child. In Potts, N., Mandleco, B. (Eds.), Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children and Their Families Thomson Delmar Learning, Clifton Park, NY,

O'Conner-Von, S. (2002). Growth and Development of the School-age Child. In Potts, N., Mandleco, B. (Eds.), Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children and Their Families Thomson Delmar Learning, Albany, NY,

O'Conner-Von, S., (2000). Preparing Children for Surgery-An Integrative Research Review. AORN Journal, 71 (2): 334-343.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/s0001-2092(06)62113-3

Presentations

Selected Presentations

O'Conner-Von, S. K. "Spirituality and Health Care ", Spirituality and Health Care Institute, Spiritual Directors International, April 01, 2013.

O'Conner-Von, S. K. "Using Technology to Help Adolescents Cope with Cancer", Our Lady’s Hospital for Children, Dublin, Ireland. May 01, 2012.

O'Conner-Von, S. K. "Pain, Fatigue, and Anxiety in Pediatric Patients with Cystic Fibrosis", International Forum on Pediatric Pain, Halifax, Canada. January 01, 2011.

O'Conner-Von, S. K., Johnson, L., Leighton, L., Johnson, M. "Symptom Profile of Pediatric Patients with Cystic Fibrosis: Pain, Sleep, Body Image and Depression", North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 01, 2009.

O'Conner-Von, S. K. "Listening to the Child in Pain", International Listening Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2005.

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Learning How Expert Critical Care Nurses Think: An Actio
Principal Investigator: Peden-McAlpine, Cynthia
Sponsoring Organization: American Assoc of Critical-Care Nurses
Award Dates: 2020 - 2022

Award: Learning How to Think From Expert Nurses: The Power of P
Principal Investigator: Peden-McAlpine, Cynthia
Sponsoring Organization: Minnesota Nurses Association
Award Dates: 2019 - 2023

Award: Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care for Represented
Principal Investigator: O'Conner-Von, Susan K
Sponsoring Organization: The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation
Award Dates: 2018 - 2021

Award: Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care for Represented
Principal Investigator: O'Conner-Von, Susan K
Sponsoring Organization: The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation
Award Dates: 2018 - 2021

Award: Northeast MN AHEC-Rural Health Workforce Development Pro
Principal Investigator: O'Conner-Von, Susan K
Sponsoring Organization: Northeast MN Area Health Education Ctr
Award Dates: 2013 - 2014

Award: Rural Health Workforce Development Program
Principal Investigator: O'Conner-Von, Susan K
Sponsoring Organization: Northeast MN Area Health Education Ctr
Award Dates: 2010 - 2012