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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis nursing chief among IU School of Nursing centennial honorees

INDIANAPOLIS – Susan H. McRoberts, vice president and chief nursing officer for Franciscan St. Francis Health, has been named as one of the first recipients of the Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders Award at the Indiana University School of Nursing.

The award, which recognizes alumni’s outstanding contributions to nursing education, clinical practice, leadership and research, coincides with the school’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.

“We’re extremely proud of our Top 100 Alumni Legacy leaders,” said Marion Broome, PhD, IU School of Nursing dean. “Their contributions have made a deep and lasting impact on the profession and in the health care system.”

McRoberts began her career at Franciscan St. Francis in 1980 as manager for inpatient mental health services. She later served as director of behavioral health services and director of quality management.

As chief nursing officer, a position she assumed in 1997, she is responsible for the overall nursing practice, staffing and budget for more than 1,400 nurses who work at Franciscan St. Francis’ hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel. She is an integral member of the administrative and clinical leadership of those three campuses and their parent organization, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance.

A resident of Greenwood, McRoberts is an associate adjunct professor at the IU School of Nursing and active in the school’s graduate programs.

McRoberts received her undergraduate in nursing and her master’s in nursing administration from IU. Certified in Advanced Nursing Administration, she is a member of the American and Indiana State Nurses Association, American and Central Indiana Organization of Nursing Executives, and the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety.

She also is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a national nursing honor society and the Indiana Center for Nursing, the latter of which she is a charter member.

McRoberts and other honorees will be recognized June 21 in downtown Indianapolis as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration Weekend.

The IU School of Nursing is one of the largest schools of its kind in the nation. About 40 percent of Indiana’s nurses are graduates of the school.