Nursing Faculty

Jill Sussman

Associate Professor of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice, Regis College
Master of Science in Nursing, Columbia University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, William Patterson College

Office: Aquinas Hall 210-J
Office Hours: Monday 10-11 am
Phone: 845-561-3145


Mental health nursing
Community health clinical lab
RN/BSN online course


Professor Sussman is a clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric nursing. She received a master’s degree from Columbia University and holds a doctorate of nursing practice from Regis College in Weston, MA.

Jill has have been a registered nurse for 39 years, working in mental health for 25 years. She has practiced in acute inpatient psychiatry, private practice, holds a certification as a legal nurse consultant and paralegal, and is a local critical incident stress debriefer for ambulance, police, and fire departments.

Mount Saint Mary College has been her home for the last 9 years, teaching mental health nursing and nursing research. Previous to that, Jill was employed by Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, New York, for many years as a nurse psychotherapist. She has also worked as an adjunct in Mental and Community Health at both Pace University and the Mount.

Professor Sussman finds the mental health and research courses informative and fun to teach. Mental health disorders are complex, so this course requires participants open up to the creative process and critical thinking necessary in dealing with those persons who struggle with mental illness. With Evidence based practice a foundation for nursing care, learning the fundamentals of nursing research is imperative in developing critical thinking.

Dr. Sussman’s doctoral research was a qualitative study evaluating student nurses perceptions of the mental health clinical experience.

Clinical practice
Professor Sussman has been a quest speaker for graduating traditional nursing class of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 pinning ceremonies. She has also functioned as the mistress of ceremonies in 2014. She continues to maintain a small private practice and offer Critical Incident Debriefing services.

Specialization / Areas of Interest

Mental health/psychiatric nursing