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Edinboro faculty member receives state recognition for fight against opiod epidemic

Posted on December 13th, 2018 at 9:18 AM
Edinboro faculty member receives state recognition for fight against opiod epidemic

A veteran faculty member in Edinboro University’s Nursing Department received a commendation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for her tireless efforts promoting the education and prevention of drug abuse. 

Dr. Susan Maloney, registered nurse, nurse practitioner and assistant professor of Nursing at Edinboro, received a Certificate of Commendation from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for distinguishing herself as a dedicated a valued educator in the fight against the opioid epidemic. 

“This award is personally meaningful to me because of the work I have done with the Attorney General's Office on educating about trauma, diversion and drug use issues in healthcare and in the community,” said Maloney, who has spent the last decade educating pre-service nurses at Edinboro. “Almost every single student I work with has a story about a friend, relative or patient they have cared for that has been affected by this epidemic.” 

In her course design at Edinboro, Maloney actively collaborates with the Attorney General’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to include drug diversion and impaired nurse education in the curriculum. 

“Dr. Susan Maloney has provided outstanding service to her many students and the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the education and prevention of drug abuse,” Shapiro said. “Specifically, Dr. Maloney’s tireless efforts have distinguished her as a dedicated and valued member of the effort to better understand the causes of addiction and how to recover from addiction to reduce the tragedies related to the ongoing opioid epidemic.” 

Additionally, Maloney collaborates with her departmental peers and national organizations for a campus-wide suicide prevention and mental health first aid focus group. In her professional life, she maintains active clinical roles as a board-certified family nurse practitioner for the last 17 years in various healthcare settings and recently completed a national certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. 

“Dr. Maloney has been a leader in ensuring that Edinboro’s future health care professionals understand the significant challenges and responsibilities associated with dispensing and administering prescription medications,” said Dr. Roy Shinn, associate dean of Edinboro’s College of Science and Health Professions. “She holds paramount the welfare of her patients and her students, which inspires her students to adopt the same approach even when it’s not the easiest choice.” 

Outside of Edinboro, Maloney contributes as a health psychologist, addressing women’s health, fitness, depression and body image issues. She serves as a board and health advisory member to the Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program (CHAPS) in Meadville where she offers health promotion and recovery education to consumers. 

Dr. Thomas White, the chairperson of Edinboro’s Department of Nursing, said that this recognition doesn’t surprise him at all. 

“This citation symbolizes the compassion and enthusiasm Dr. Maloney displays in her daily work,” he said. “We are very grateful to have her and really appreciate all of her many contributions to the Department of Nursing.”

At Edinboro University, students can pursue undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in Nursing, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice in consortium with Clarion University. 

For more information about Edinboro’s Nursing Department, visit www.edinboro.edu/nursing.