Faculty Profile

Susan Piper, DNP

  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Instructor
  • Interim Clinical Director
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My name is Susan Evangline Piper. I am from a small town in Western Kentucky. I have lived here most of my life. I am married and have 3 children of my own and 2 step children (sadly, my stepson passed away Aug 2017 at the age of 17). My husband Troy retired from active duty in the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2021. I serve in the National Guard as well in a part-time status. We each have over 30 years in service. For those familiar with the military, I spent the first 17 years of my career enlisted but finally commissioned as a Nurse Corps officer in 2010. As far as personal interest, I like to snow ski in the winter, play golf during fair weather, lounge by the pool, or spend time on the beach in the summer. I have been a Nurse Educator since 2007 and have taught a variety of courses to include clinical courses. I have a clinical background in several areas: I have worked Medical Surgical-Neuro/Renal, ER,case management, and mental health/research. My current specialty area is as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (civilian), but I am the Chief Nurse in the Kentucky Army National Guard as a medical surgical RN/nurse case manager. My secondary specialty is Nursing Education. I earned my ADN at Madisonville Community College in 2002. However, I started out nursing school in a traditional BSN program but when 9/11 occurred, I had to change paths. I did finish my BSN at Murray State University in 2004. I earned my MSN as a Nurse Educator in 2010 from Western Kentucky University. I completed my Post-Master’s certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2016 at Western Kentucky University. In May 2018, I earned my Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) through Murray State University. God Bless!

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