Susan Hagedorn, Ph.D., P.N.P
Dr. Susan Hagedorn is a nurse practitioner and educator whose career has been dedicated to social justice as a nurse educator, nurse practitioner, philanthropist, filmmaker, and activist. Sue earned a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing, an M.S. in Maternal-Child Nursing, and a Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Colorado where Sue is an Associate Professor Emeritus. She has practiced and taught psychiatric, pediatric, and public health nursing as well as pediatric and women’s health nurse practitioners. Her clinical specialty is adolescent care in which she has been active in school-based health centers and adolescent residential treatment. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to healthcare and nursing, being a recipient of Colorado’s Nightingale Award in 2007 and the 2017, the Kathleen Ann Mullen Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Adolescent Health in the Rocky Mountain Region. She is a Fellow of the American Academies of Nursing and Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Hagedorn has been a part-time resident of Block Island since 2005 and has served on the BIHS board since 2013. Sue lives in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO when not on-island.
Dr. Hagedorn has produced more than 20 films focused on nursing and social justice. Her documentaries include Inventing the Nurse Practitioner in America (2016), Island Nurse (2010), a portrait of Block Island’s Mary Donnelly, and Deputized (2012), a film about a murder on Long Island. She is currently working on a film about recently-deceased peace activist, Father Daniel Berrigan, another part-time Block Islander.