Suzanne L. Staebler

Suzanne L. Staebler

Professor, clinical track, Neonatal Specialty Coordinator, Post-Masters DNP Program Director | DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN


Dr. Suzanne Staebler is a Professor, clinical track, expert clinician, advocate, and nationally recognized leader in the field of

neonatal advanced practiced nursing.  She has been practicing as a neonatal nurse practitioner

since 1992 and has held faculty appointments at the Medical University of South Carolina School of

Nursing and Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing.  She received her BSN from

Baylor University, her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and

her DNP from Texas Christian University. 

Through her early involvement in neonatal professional organizations, Dr. Staebler has become a

pioneer for guiding policy development and implementation at both nursing and advanced practice

nursing levels.  Through her leadership on the LACE taskforce, Dr. Staebler provided a platform for

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners to be designated as an APRN specialty population, encompassing

critical, acute, and primary care of infants. Dr. Staebler has developed quality improvement and

quality/productivity metric measurement tools to enhance NNP practice and improve patient


Her scholarship is in the area of policy and advocacy.  Dr. Staebler was the lead author on a white

paper discussing the future of neonatal advanced practice nursing, which has served to inform all

stakeholders on issues related the high-risk maternal/infant care.   Her leadership roles within the

National Association of NNPs (NANNP) were pivotal to ongoing discussions centered on developing

a medical home model for premature infants.   Informed by her doctoral work on designing

regionalized care systems for high-risk mothers and neonates and the policy implications of

regionalized care delivery models, Dr. Staebler drew on her wealth of practical experience to

educate and support the expanded role of the NNP in health care delivery of this vulnerable patient

population. Her impact in the policy and advocacy arena and her dedication to educating nurses

about advocacy and policy has been far reaching.  She has received several awards for this work

including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (2010),

the Georgia Nurse Practitioner Advocate of the Year award from the American Association of Nurse

Practitioners (2015) and the NNP Excellence Award from NANNP (2015). She received the March of

Dimes Nurse of the Year in Academic Education (2016), the Outstanding Policy Leader Award,

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) in 2018 and she was named the

Distinguished Alumni for her alma mater, Baylor University‘s Louise Herrington School of Nursing in

the spring of 2018.

Dr. Staebler was inducted into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a fellow in 2014. 

At the time of her induction, Dr. Staebler was the 2 nd  Neonatal NP fellow.  Dr. Staebler was inducted

as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2016 and has been awarded several

prestigious policy fellowships including Faculty Policy Fellow from the American Association of

Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the inaugural Georgia Nursing Health Policy Fellowship.  

She speaks nationally and internationally on an array of topics.   Dr. Staebler is the past Governing

Council Chair (2012-14) for the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP), and

a past member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). 

She has also served as a program evaluator for Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing,

Inc., formerly NLNAC.  Dr. Staebler was appointed to the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) Board

of Directors as the state APRN Director from 2014-17.  She was the President of the Board of

Directors for the National Certification Corporation (NCC) from 2016-2019.

Areas of Expertise

Neonatology; Pediatrics

Clinical: Fetal/Neonatal Endocrinology; NEC and Use of Donor Human Milk; Rapid-cycle Change

Research:  APRN Benchmarking and Outcome Measurement of APRN Practice (productivity and quality metrics); NP Workforce Issues; Neonatal NP Educational programming and workforce

Advocacy: Health Policy Development; APRN Practice and Regulation; Models of Neonatal Care; Access to care and Rural health

Teaching:  APRN Practice; Health Policy and Advocacy; Curriculum Development and Accreditation


  • Staebler, S. & Blake, S. (2020). Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Policy Review and New Public Health Risks for Premature and Young Infants. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice. Oct 13; 1527154420965543. doi: 10.1177/1527154420965543
  • Chang, J & Staebler, S. (2020). White Paper: Safe RN Staffing. Georgia Nurses Association. Atlanta, GA.
  • Book chapter: Staebler, S. (2020). The Premature Infant in the Pediatric Acute Care Setting. In B. Bolick, K. Reuter-Rice, M. Madden, & B. Severin (Eds.), Pediatric acute Care: A guide for Interprofessional practice. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier
  • Wilbeck, J., Evans, D., Hummer, K., & Staebler, S.  (2019). Supporting program rigor in newly developed academic programs. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 00, 1-16. DOI: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000260
  • Book Chapter: Hypoglycemia. In Golden Hours: Care of the Very Low Birth Weight Infant, 2 nd ed. National Certification Corporation, Chicago, IL. 2019
  • Book chapter: Neonatal Sepsis. In Golden Hours: Care of the Very Low Birth Weight Infant, 2 nd ed. National Certification Corporation, Chicago, IL. 2019

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Dr. Staebler’s doctoral work focused on regionalized systems of perinatal care.  Scholarly areas of interest include development ad validation of quality/productivity metric measurement tools to enhance NNP practice and improve patient outcomes.  Dr. Staebler’s passion for health policy and advocacy focuses on areas of APRN scope of practice/regulation as well as issues impacting neonatal care and access to approved therapies, such as RSV Immunoprophylaxis.