Dr. Suzanne Staebler is an 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.