Susan A. Erlewine MSN RN-BC


Oncology Chaplain

Susan A. Erlewine M. Div., MSN RN-BC

Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Department of Chaplaincy & CPE

Martha Morehouse Tower Rm. 501B, 2050 Kenny Rd, Columbus, OH, 43221

614-366-9789 Phone / 614-346-1066 Pager


Adjunct Professor
Interdisciplinary Health Studies
Grover Center Room W372
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

740.593.0496 office  740.593.0289 fax



Oncology Chaplain, The James at Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care/OSUCCC – James

As a specially trained ambulatory chaplain and part of the healthcare team, I understand the spiritual and emotional concerns that are unique to patients with a cancer diagnosis and am available to help meet the needs of patients, family members and staff of all faiths, as well as those who are spiritual but not religious. I provide compassionate emotional support and spiritual care for all faith traditions as they receive treatment, meet with doctors to discuss treatment plans as well as providing support on a pain and palliative medicine clinic.


Pastoral Education – Chaplain Residency    2018 -2-19

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is graduate-level theological and professional education for ministry which takes place in a clinical setting. As a CPE student, I learned the art and skills of providing pastoral and spiritual care to patients, families and staff, and then reflecting on these experiences with a certified CPE supervisor and a small group of peers.  


CPE employs the clinical method of learning, a dynamic and creative process which combines the practice of ministry and reflection of the experiences using resources such as written reports of visits, discussion and feedback from peers and ACPE supervisor.  


Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program (SAOP) Training    2017

The Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program was founded in August 2013 to serve survivors in Meigs and Perry counties of Southeastern Ohio. Advocacy training consisted of 40 hours of classroom and clinical experience. Topics included:

Introduction to SAOP

Survivor Advocacy

Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practices

Medical Care and Evidence Collection

Law Enforcement, Civil/Criminal Law, Higher Education and Sexual Violence


Madonna University    2015

A post-Master’s class in Bereavement Care:

Developing Comprehensive Bereavement Programs  


Ohio University    2010–2013

Classes (20 credits) taken towards a doctoral degree in Instructional Technology


Bellarmine University    2005

MSN in Nursing Education

Received Graduate Faculty Merit Award for Education.

Graduated with honors.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for nurses.


Ohio University    2001

BSN in Nursing

Graduated Magna Cum Laude.


Ferris State University    1985

Associate Degree in Nursing

Graduated on the Dean’s List.

Omicron Delta Society for Students of High Distinction.


Adjunct Professor, Ohio University School of Nursing    2014

Duties consisted of developing an online/Blackboard course in Gerontology for an online RN-BSN program for Ohio University School of Nursing; writing course content, developing rubrics and written work assignments.


Subject Matter Expert for LearningMate, Inc.

LearningMate, Inc., a world-wide company, offers innovative, efficient and customized solutions around curriculum and media development, assessments, engineering and create and improve the learning process and the content, products, systems and data that shape and support it.

As a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for LearningMate, I developed and wrote exam questions and online content for Learning Mate’s nursing publication clients: Pearson Higher Education, F.A.Davis and Elsevier - writing online learning content that I condensed from textbooks and developing related test questions. Subjects included nursing research, health assessment, nursing health care policy, evolution/history of nursing, critical thinking and evidence-based practice, pharmacology math and more.


Writer for Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkens

Writing/reviewing content and course development for a course is in Community Health for nurses at the bachelor’s level; also developed case studies for the course. The course is part of an online RN-BSN program for this nursing textbook company.


Healing Touch Lead Nurse Planner    2014

Maintaining accreditation status for the Healing Touch Program

Duties included writing a monthly report to the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC), reviewing the ANCC Directors Update,

reviewing instructor/student evaluations and HT Activity Files, reviewing policy and procedures and preparing the ANCC Self Study Report.


Assistant Professor of Nursing, Hocking College    2013

Developed and taught nursing skills lab for practical nursing students; taught Introduction to Nursing for associate degree nursing students; assisted with skills lab practicum for all levels of nursing students; clinical supervision of practical nursing students in a healthcare facility


Adjunct Professor/Clinical Supervisor, Ohio University    2011–2013

Faculty member for the Ohio University School of Nursing online RN-BSN program with oversight of classes in Cultural Diversity, Health Assessment, Family Nursing, Gerontology, Leadership, Professional Nursing Practice and Community Health Nursing. As clinical supervisor, supervised thirty students at clinical sites, maintained files for the preceptors and clinical sites, and made evaluation visits to the sites as well; other duties included researching state boards of nursing for information regarding offering a distance RN-BSN program as well as an MSN program in each state, documenting and communicating to the administration information about the requirements that different states may have for the school of nursing.


Assistant Professor of Nursing, Ohio University    2010–2011

Since employment at Ohio University, I have taught and developed content for NRSE 101 and 102 in the first year of the Bachelor of Science program as well as a University College course, an introduction to college life with a nursing cohort.  I have also taught NRSE 300 Nursing Transitions and NRSE 414 Cultural Diversity and Nursing using distance learning modalities in the online RN – BSN program. Along with the skills lab coordinator, developed skills learning modules for beginning assessment; planned and programmed simulation mannequins for simulated nursing experiences in the skills lab.


Assistant Professor of Nursing, Hocking College    2001–2010

Responsibilities include supervising and teaching entry-level students at a clinical site performing personal care, charting, assessments and care planning with a focus on geriatrics; teaching clinical lab skills using classroom lecture and demonstration with hands-on practice and testing. In a classroom setting, I developed a class with a focus on therapeutic communications including units on culture, spirituality and death/dying/grief; developed and teach a hybrid class—partly online and partly in the classroom – in clinical math skills. Also developed a health elective on alternative and complementary medicine. Frequent use of technology in the classrooms using PowerPoint, Internet resources, videos and online instruction to enhance lecture and engage learners.


Clinical Manager for Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor, Michigan    1999–2000

Coordinated this large home hospice program in Southeast Michigan, developing and implementing policies and procedures. Participated in strategic planning, supervising, interviewing and hiring staff, coordinating admissions, contracting with suppliers, and working to establish new sites to provide hospice and palliative care.


Hospice Team Leader/Patient Care Coordinator,
Appalachian Community Hospice    1997–1999

Managed the hospice program, supervising the nursing staff, volunteers and social workers. Developed policies and job descriptions and participated on the agency ethics committee. Responsibilities also included interviewing, hiring, and mentoring new employees. Public speaking and education sessions with physicians was also part of my duties, and during my time there, we had the successful completion of the agency’s first accreditation survey.


Volunteer Coordinator/Case Manager,
Hospice of Appalachia, Athens, Ohio    1996–1997

Recruited, trained and managed volunteers; case management of hospice clients from admission to end of life. Promoted to Patient Care Coordinator managing staff, working with vendors, coordination of care and scheduling; oversaw successful agency merger with Appalachian Visiting Nurse Association.



National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses (NBCHPN) Board Member and Committee Chair    2003–2009

Board duties include chairing a committee of Hospice and Palliative Care Certified LP/VNs (CHLPN) in the development of a statistically sound national exam for LP/VNs wishing to become certified in this specialty area. We work closely with a professional management company that provides high quality, secure testing services for candidates. While chairing this committee, the exam won accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Competency Assurance (NOCA).


In 2008, I chaired a committee to perform a role-delineation study with LP/VNs from all over the country as a part of the process of ensuring that the certification exam remained truly reflective of the LP/VN practice nationally.


Participated on various board committees, including the nominating committees in choosing members for RN –Exam Development Committee (EDC,) the LP/VN EDC, and on committees to choose the CHPN, LP/VN and Employer of the Year awards; the Board Life committee which works toward maintaining a positive experience for our board and EDC members; and writing articles for the Hospice and Palliative Care Newsletter.


Attended national conferences as a board representative


Member, RN Exam Development Committee
under the NBCHPN    2001–2003

Responsibilities included writing statistically sound items for the national RN certification exam and participating in web-based exam reviews. Meeting twice a year, our committee wrote new exam questions, reviewed the results and candidate comments of recently taken exams; participated in several role delineation studies to ensure the exam reflected national practice accurately. This exam received accreditation of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) in 2007.


Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association (HPNA)    1998–present

Incorporated in 1987 as the Hospice Nurses Association, the organization was created to establish a network and support for nurses in this specialty. HPNA has become the nationally recognized organization providing resources and support for advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants who care for people with life-limiting and terminal illness.


Healing Touch Program Professional Association Charter Member   

Provides support and input for the Healing Touch Program (HTP), an educational program dedicated to offering classes in the energetic therapy modality of Healing Touch (HT) as well as providing support for Healing Touch students, practitioners and instructors.


Member, Healing Touch Program Certification Board 2012–2015

Healing Touch Program (HTP) is an educational program dedicated to offering classes in the energetic therapy modality of Healing Touch (HT) and is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). As a certification board member, we reviewed and approved or placed on pending status application packets for HT students applying for certification through the program. Periodically reviewed and revised the requirements for certification and the certification process.


Officer, Sigma Theta Tau    2007–2011

Treasurer of the Ohio University Lambda Omega chapter.


Hospice Approved Educator    2013–2016

Certified as a Hospice and Palliative Nurse, CHPN    1998–2017

Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, HTCP    1996–2016

Certification: Faith Community Nursing
Certification Period: August 29, 2019 to August 28, 2024
Certification Number: 2014023739



Autoring lessons /reviewing courses as a SME (subject matter expert) for Pearson Learning Solutions for an RN-BSN online program. Developed and authored lessons in Nursing Ethics, Law and Nursing Theory; reviewing courses in Professional Nursing and Culture; item writing and currently writing six lessons for Population Nursing; item writing for quizzes in Health Assessment courses

Presenter, Compassion as Healing workshop along with a counselor and Buddhist teacher (lama) given to caregivers  - laypersons and healthcare professionals – to provide tools to cope with caregiver burnout

Paper presented “Staying Connected: The Use of Adobe Connect with Rural Appalachian Students in an Upward Bound Program at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) 2011 conference  in Austin Texas


Developed and authored a palliative care case study for DXR Nursing, a web-based problem-solving site that uses online case studies for use in schools of nursing and nursing education. (


Wrote NCLEX-style questions for a companion website to the nursing textbook, Burke, P., & LeMone, K. (2008). Medical-surgical nursing critical thinking in client care. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.


Speaker, “Team Approach to Resetting Treatment Goals Near the End of Life” as part of a panel in a workshop session for a continuing education program: Teaching About Interdisciplinary Teams program sponsored by Ohio University College of Medicine and Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center.