Suzanne S Dickerson School of Nursing
personal photo Suzanne S Dickerson, DNS RN
Assistant Professor

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
1020 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214

Office: 914 Kimball Tower 
Phone: 829-3254 
Voice: (716) 829-2537
Fax: (716) 829-2021

| Research Focus | Teaching | Publications |
| Internet Study | Preliminary Findings |
| ICD Study |

Academic Preparation
DNS State University of New York at Buffalo Nursing
MS State University of New York at Buffalo Adult Health CNS Cardio/Resp
BS Niagara University Nursing

Research Focus

Technology is increasingly intruding into the health care environment.  Patients are implanted with devices that extend their lives as well as gain access to self care management information of the Internet.  My research focus is to examine, by using qualitative research approaches, how patients experience help seeking in managing their illness using support groups both face-to-face and electronic.  Interactions that occur during help seeking need to be examined especially when considering an electronic environment.  Electronic mail and Internet connections open the door to nearly unlimited possibilities for help seeking. Research is needed to examine these interactions and determine the most effective methods.  This knowledge can be applied to clinical practice and nursing education settings to prepare nurses to practice in this environment.

Teaching/Course Responsibilities
NUR 704 History and Issues in Nursing
NUR 691 Advanced Information Technology Seminar
NUR 371 Health Care Delivery Perspectives
NUR 440 Nursing Leadership

Representative Publications

     Dickerson, S.S. (1993). Support Needs of Spouses of Cardiac Patients. The Journal of New York State Nurses Association, 24(2), 17-21.

     Dickerson, S.S. (1998). Help seeking in spouses of cardiac patients. Clinical Nursing Research. 7(1), 6-28.

     Dickerson, S.S., Posluzney, M, & Kennedy, M. (2000). Help seeking in a support group of individuals with implantable cardioverter
         defibrillators (ICD) and their support persons. Heart & Lung, 29(2),87-96.

     Dickerson, S.S., Flaig, D. & Kennedy, M.C. (2000). Therapeutic connection: Help seeking on the Internet for individuals with implantable
           cardioverter defibrillators. Heart & Lung, 29(4), 248-255.

     Dickerson S.S. (2002). Redefining life while forestalling death: the experience of living with sudden cardiac death through technology.
           Qualitative Health Research 12
(3), 360-372.

      Dickerson, S.S. & Brennan, P. F. (In press). The Internet as a catalyst for shifting provider/patient relationships. Nursing Outlook

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