Mentoring Profile: Susan Weber Buchholz, PhD, RN, FAANP, College of Nursing

August 31, 2017

The Rush Women Mentoring Program fosters professional development and a sense of community and collaboration among women faculty at Rush University. In this series, we highlight program mentors and mentees and learn more about how mentoring has impacted them.

Susan Weber Buchholz, PhD, RN, FAANP, professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, College of Nursing, joined Rush in 2009

Tell us about your background.

I am a professor in the College of Nursing at Rush University, where I teach in the graduate nursing programs. My faculty practice is as an adult nurse practitioner in a clinic for underserved adults. I also conduct physical activity research in the adult population.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I was inspired by the joy of being able to be of service to other people.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I love that at Rush I am able to live out its tripartite mission of teaching, clinical practice and research.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship?

Mentoring another individual is a wonderful opportunity, and it is truly a privilege. To be invited into the circle of another professional is to be able to contribute to their success. It is an incredible opportunity.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Think about the population(s) for whom you would enjoy providing care and with whom you would like to conduct research.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to spend time with my family, travel, play piano, garden and walk.