Siena Heights University Hires Director of Nursing

Dr. Sue Idczak Begins Her New Position Aug. 1



Dr. Sue Idczak will assume the role of Director of the Nursing Program at Siena Heights University effective Aug. 1.  sue-idczak.jpg


SHU Vice President for Academic Affairs Sister Sharon Weber, OP, PhD, said Dr. Idczak’s hiring culminated an extensive nationwide search.


“I am grateful to the members of the search committee who brought diverse perspectives to the search and gave careful attention and consideration to each of the candidates,” Weber said. “We are delighted to have Dr. Idczak join the Siena Heights community and undertake the challenge of building a nursing program to serve the needs of our region, the state of Michigan and the future of health care.”


Most recently, Dr. Idczak served as director of the Master of Science Nursing Program at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio, shepherding that program through various steps related to accreditation. She received Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Indiana University, and her PhD is from the University of Toledo. Dr. Idczak has taught at the Medical College of Ohio School of Nursing, the University of Toledo and Lourdes College. She also brings considerable clinical experience to her new position.


“I am very excited and honored to be the director of the Siena Heights Nursing program and to be joining the SHU community,” Idczak said. “I think it’s one of the biggest and one of the most exciting challenges I envision. It’s a gift.”


In the spring, SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD, announced Siena Heights would begin a nursing program. Now that a director has been hired, one of her first tasks will be to develop a curriculum following guidelines and standards established by accrediting agencies, Weber said.


“Dr. Idczak will also help develop clinical sites for the program as well as hire nursing faculty and pursue funding opportunities,” she added.


Siena Heights is considering a degree completion program from registered nurse to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, as well as a more traditional four-year BSN program.


Currently 30 states, including Michigan, have nursing shortages. There are currently no four-year nursing programs in Lenawee, Hillsdale or Jackson counties. In Lenawee County, there are more than 25 health care facilities, including two hospitals, and there are several more hospitals within a 50-mile radius. According to state statistics, the health care industry is Michigan’s largest employer.


“The philosophy we’re going to build the program on is that nursing is both an art and a science,” Dr. Idczak said. “Health care has moved us to the impersonal. You’re a number. Your diagnosis. We’re not. We’re still people. I think one of the most important aspects of the (Siena Heights) program we will create is to look at what nursing truly is within the health care system.”


For more information on nursing or any other program at Siena Heights, please call 1-800-521-0009 or 517-264-7180.  



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