Susan Weeks

Dean, Professor, and Executive Director of Health Innovation Institute at TCU

817.257.7519
s.weeks@tcu.edu
Educational Background

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Texas Christian University, 2009
  • Master of Science – Nursing: Texas Woman’s University, 1986
  • Bachelor of Science – Nursing: William Jewell College, 1983
  • Honors Study: Harlaxton College (Grantham, England), 1980

Teaching Responsibilities

  • DNP Program – Capstone Projects

Areas of Interest in Research or Professional Practice

  • Health Innovation
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Leadership
  • Disaster Health and Mental Health Services

Certifications and Recognitions

  • Registered Nurse: Since 1983
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric – Mental Health Nursing): Since 1987
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: Since 1992
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor: Since 1992

Professional Affiliations

  • National Academies of Practice
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • American Academy of Nursing – Expert Panel on Quality Health Care
  • American Academy of Nursing – Expert Panel on Building Health Care System Excellence
  • Magnet Recognition Program (American Nurses Credentialing Center): Appraiser, Team Leader, and Mentor
  • International Council of Nurses – Nurse Practitioners/Advanced Practice Network
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy – Clinical Fellow

Professional Service

  • Texas Health Resources Strategic Planning and Deployment Committee
  • University of North Texas Health Sciences Center:
    • Reynolds Grant Oversight Committee
    • Interprofessional Innovations Team
    • Institute for Patient Safety (Founding Fellow and Advisory Board Member)
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital:
    • Chair, Board of Trustees
  • American Red Cross – Chisholm Trail Regional Chapter:
    • Board of Directors
  • Cook Children’s Medical Center (Fort Worth, Texas): Post-Baccalaureate Residency Advisory Council
  • TCU Evidence Based Practice Fellowship (nurses from 26+ regional hospitals):
    • Chair
  • TCU Evidence Based Practice & Research Collaborative (a consortium of over 50 hospital and University agencies):
    • Chair
  • Texas Organization of Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing Education
  • Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs

Honors and Awards

  • William Jewell College, Achievement Day Honoree: 2016
  • Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner, National Academies of Practice: 2014
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2011
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Wharton Executive Leadership Program: 2014
  • Nominee, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences – Dean’s Research and Creative Activity Award: 2013
  • Fellow, American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs, 2009
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement – TCU Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, 2009
  • Unsung Heroes Award – Dallas Business Journal, 2006
  • Healthcare Heroes Award – Fort Worth Business Press, 2006
  • American Red Cross – Ann Magnussen Nursing Award, 2003 & 2006
  • Healthcare Heroes Award – Fort Worth Business Press, 2003
  • TCU College of Health and Human Sciences Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2002
  • Presidential Award – Texas Nurses’ Association (District 3), 2002
  • Instructor of the Year – TCU Student Nurses’ Association, 1999 – 2000.
  • TCU Harris College of Nursing Alumni Association – Ruth Eloise Sperry Teaching Excellence Award, 1999
  • Outstanding Nurse in Teaching and Education – Sigma Theta Tau International (Beta Alpha Chapter), 1999
  • American Red Cross – Exceptional Volunteer Service Award, 1999
  • TCU Senior Appreciation Program Recipient, 1997 and 1998
  • Great 100 Nurse (Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas), 1993
  • Distinguished Lecturer Award – Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, 1990 – 1991
  • William Jewell College Nursing Department Award for Highest Academic Achievement, 1983

Selected Publications

Weeks, S. M. (2015). Length of stay in hospital for people with severe mental illness. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 13(4), 273-274.

Woods, A. D., Giometti, R., & Weeks, S. M. (2015). The use of dexmedetomidine as an adjuvant to benzodiazepine-based therapy to decrease the severity of delirium in alcohol withdrawal in adult intensive care unit patients: A systematic review. The JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 13(1), 224-252.

Weeks, S. M. (2014). Evidence in mental health. Nursing Clinics of North America, 49(4), 525-531.

Baker, K. A., & Weeks, S. M. (2014). An overview of systematic review. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 29(6), 454-458.

Van Bogaert, P., Timmermans, O., Weeks, S. M., van Heusden, D., Wouters, K., & Franck, E. (2014). Nursing unit teams matter: Impact of unit-level nurse practice environment, nurse work characteristics, and burnout on nurse reported job outcomes, and quality of care, and patient adverse events – a cross-sectional survey. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51(8), 1123-1134.

Holly, C., Rittenmeyer, L.*, & Weeks, S. M.* (*denotes equal contribution as second author). (2014). Evidence-based clinical audit criteria for the prevention and management of delirium in the postoperative patient with a hip fracture. Orthopaedic Nursing, 33(1), 27-36.

Weeks, S. M. (2013). The Cochrane Collaboration (Invited Editorial). Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(10), 1249-1250.

Van Bogaert, P., Kowalski, C., Weeks, S. M., van Huesden, D., & Clarke, S. P. (2013). The relationship between nurse practice environment, nurse work characteristics, burnout, and job outcome and quality of nursing care: A cross-sectional survey. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 50(12), 1667-1677.

Smith, K., & Weeks, S. M. (2013). The impact of preinjury anticoagulation therapy in the older adult patient experiencing a traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 11(6), 133-156.

Weeks, S., Baker, K., Behan, D., Manworren, R., Moore, P., Smith, A., Speer, K., & Turpin, P. (2013). Regional fellowship bridges gap between practice and academia. Nursing Management, 44(6), 19-22.

Adams, L. M., Smith, L., & Weeks, S. M. (2013). Multidisciplinary team response to support survivors of mass casualty disasters: A systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Review & Implementation Reports, 11(11), 8-20.

Weeks, S. M. (2012). Invited guest editor of special edition: Critical care of patients with mental health issues. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 24(1), xi – xii.

Smith, K., & Weeks, S. M. (2012). The impact of preinjury anticoagulation therapy in the older adult patient experiencing a traumatic brain injury: A systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 10(48), 4610-4621.

Weeks, S. M., Moore, P., & Allender, M. (2011). A regional evidence-based practice fellowship: Collaborating competitors. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(1), 10-14.

Pearson, A., Weeks, S. M., & Stern, C. (2011). Translation science and the JBI model of evidence-based healthcare. Lippincott: Philadelphia.

Salmond, S., & Weeks, S .M. (2011). Importance of evidence based practice to nursing quality (Podcast recorded November 10, 2011). Retrieved from http://davisplus.fadavis.com/hopp/interviews.cfm?publication_id=2925

Weeks, S. M., & Keen, R. J. (2009).  Climate for innovation: Problems in patient flow. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 33(3), 258-265.

Weeks, S. M., & Robinson M. (2009).  Synergy among the CNO (Chief Nursing Officer) and the MEC (Medical Executive Committee).  Nursing Management, 40(3), 49-53.

Weeks, S., Marshall, J., & Burns, P. (2009).  Development of an evidence-based practice and research collaborative among urban hospitals. Nursing Clinics of North America, 44(1), 27-31.

Weeks, S. M., Rubinson, D., & Tilley, D. S. (2007). The A, B, C’s of organizational credentialing. Nursing Management, 38(10), 28-44.

Weeks, S. M. (2007). Mobilization of a nursing community after a disaster. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 43(1), 22-29.

Staten, R. R., Hamera, E., Hanrahan, N. P., Hillyer, D., Limandri, B. J., Phoenix, B., Rice, M., Weeks, S., & Farley-Toombs, C.  (2005). Advanced practice psychiatric nurses: 2005 Legislative update. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 11(6), 371-380.

Hogstel, M. O., & Weeks, S. M. (2000). Mental Health Issues. Chapter in Lueckenotte, A. (Ed.). Gerontologic Nursing, (2nd ed.). Mosby.

Weeks, S. M. (1999). Disaster mental health services. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 37(2), 14-18.

Hogarth, C. R., & Weeks, S. M. (1997) Families and Family Therapy. Chapter in Johnson, B. S. (Ed.). Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. Lippincott.

Hogstel, M. O., & Weeks, S. M. (1996). Mental health issues (chapter). In A. Lueckenotte (Ed.),  Gerontologic nursing. Mosby.

Weeks, S. M. (1995). Individual therapy (chapter). In B. S. Johnson (Ed.), Child adolescent and family psychiatric nNursing. Lippincott. (Won American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Award).


Selected Presentations

Weeks, S. M. (2016, July 23). Collaboration to improve regional clinical outcomes: Accelerating the implementation of evidence based practice. Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Research Congress, Cape Town, South Africa. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M. (2016, May 20). Strategies for successful JBI collaboration. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2016, May 19). Collaboration to improve outcomes. Evidence Based Practice, Halifax, Canada. Invited.

Adams, L. M. & Weeks, S. M. (2015, November 7). Multidisciplinary team response to support survivors of mass casualty disasters. Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M. (2015, October 31). Accelerating evidence based practice at a regional level: An innovative academic-practice partnership. Fudan University – Duke International Nursing Forum, Shanghai, China. Invited.

Farmer, D., Hawley, D. A., & Weeks, S. M. (2015, September 29). Transformational leadership: Creating a culture of cross-institutional IPE collaboration. Collaborating Across Borders, Roanoke, VA. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M. (2015, June 3). Resources to support evidence based practice. University of Reggio & Modena, Modena, Italy. Invited.

Weeks, S. M., Farmer, D., & Cohen, L. (2014, November 12). Cross-institutional interprofessional collaboration. Joanna Briggs Institute Colloquium, Singapore. Refereed.

Farmer, D., & Weeks, S. M. (2014, October 11). Transformational leadership: Creating a culture of cross-institutional interprofessional collaboration. Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century, Philadelphia, PA. Refereed.

Farmer, D., & Weeks, S. M. (2014, February 20). Building bridges: Across institutions and between professions. Innovations in Health Science Education Conference, University of Texas Austin, TX. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M., & Hawley, D. A. (2013, November 17). Building academic-clinical partnerships for evidence implementation. Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M. (2013, October 23). Debate Panel Keynote Speaker for the affirmative (The motion is that this house believes that the Joanna Briggs Institute has a role to play in getting evidence into policy and practice globally. Joanna Briggs Institute Biennial International Convention, Adelaide, South Australia. Invited.

Smith, K., & Weeks, S. M. (2013, October 22). The impact of pre-injury anticoagulation therapy in the older adult patient experiencing a traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. Joanna Briggs Institute Biennial International Convention, Adelaide, South Australia. Refereed.

Baker, K. A., Weeks, S. M., & Hawley, D. A. (2013, July 30). Building journal submissions through a fellowship/scholars program. International Academy of Nurse Editors, Cork, Ireland. Invited.

Weeks, S. M., Baker, K. A., & Hawley, D. (2013, July 22). Evidence synthesis strategies to enhance evidence based practice. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Congress, Prague, Czech Republic. Refereed.

Hassmiller, S., Adams, L., & Weeks, S. M. (2013, May 21). The role of nurses in an interdisciplinary care team responding to mass fatality disasters: Promoting equity and access to care. International Council of Nurses Quadrennial Congress, Melbourne, Australia. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M. (2013, April 5). Advancing psychiatric nursing practice through the use of evidence. Psychiatric Nursing Symposium, Arlington, TX. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2012, November 14). International collaboration to enhance partnership in policy formation based on evidence. Joanna Briggs Institute Colloquium, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Invited closing plenary.

Van Bogaert, P., & Weeks, S. M. (2012, November 12). Transforming the hospital structure and organization from hierarchical and departmental to flat and interdisciplinary: Effect on nurse job outcomes and nurse-assessed quality of care. Joanna Briggs Institute Colloquium, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M., & Baker, K. (2012, May 22).  An overview of the SGNA Fellowship and Scholars Program. Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ. Invited plenary.

Weeks, S. M., & Baker, K. (2012, May 21) Forum for SGNA Evidence Based Practice Fellows. Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ. Invited presenter.

Weeks, S. M. (2012, May 20). A librarian’s guide to implementing evidence. Medical Library Association, Seattle, WA. Invited plenary.

Weeks, S. M. (2012, April 24). Introduction to the Joanna Briggs Institute collaboration. European Evidence Based Practice Conference, University of Antwerp, Belgium. Invited plenary.

Weeks, S. M. (2012, March 5). Tools to support the critical appraisal of evidence. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer/Ovid Sales & Marketing Team. Invited webinar presentation.

Weeks, S. M. (2011, December 15). The Joanna Briggs Institute. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer/Ovid Sales & Marketing Team. Invited webinar presentation

Weeks, S. M. (2011, November 7). Gathering intelligence: EBP surveillance reports from the field. Joanna Briggs Institute Convention, Adelaide, South Australia. Invited plenary

Sapp, A., & Weeks, S. M. (2011, November 7-9). Librarian braving the JBI front. Joanna Briggs Institute Convention, Adelaide, South Australia. Refereed; poster presentation.

Weeks, S. M., & Baker, K. (2011, November 9). A model for professional organization development through collaboration with the Joanna Briggs Institute. Joanna Briggs Institute Convention, Adelaide, South Australia. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M. (2011, October 4-6). In-booth presentations for the Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer/Ovid booth; The Joanna Briggs Institute. ANCC National Magnet Conference, Baltimore, MD. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2011, September 6). Evidenced based practice: Learning the basics. American Society of Pain Management Nurses and International Nurses Society on Addictions (joint pre-conference), Tucson, AZ. Invited.

Baker, K., & Weeks, S. M. (2011, May 10). An evidence-based resource for gastroenterology nurses: The Joanna Briggs Institute. Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2011, April 19). Mission critical: Nurse practitioners impact on health policy. Kentucky Association of Nurse Practitioners, Covington, KY. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2011, March 5). Demystifying evidence based practice: The Joanna Briggs Institute and Texas Christian University. Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Austin, TX. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M., & Burns, P. (2011, January 12). Evidence based practice resources. Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile. Invited.

Weeks, S. M., & Burns, P. (2011, January 10). Evidence based practice resources. Universidad Mayor, Temuco, Chile. Invited.

Weeks, S. M., & Burns, P. (2010, December 11). International collaboration to foster evidence based practice in an urban community. Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science, Washington DC. Refereed.

Smith, A., Speer, K., Turpin, P., & Weeks, S. M. (2010, October 13-15). From competition to collaboration: Development of a community-wide nursing evidence based practice fellowship. ANCC National Magnet Conference, Phoenix, AZ. Poster presentation.

Weeks, S. M. (2010, October, 1). Demystifying evidence-based practice in nursing research. Department of Veterans Affairs Eighteenth National Nursing Research Conference, Dallas, TX. Invited.

Weeks, S. M., Speer, K., Smith, A., Turpin, P., Baker, K., Moore, P., Manworren, R., & Behan, D. (2010, September 14). Development and structure of a collaborative evidence based fellowship. Joanna Briggs Institute Colloquium, Chicago, IL. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M., & Burns, P. (2010, September 12). Engaging your community: Successful models of involving community partners in evidence based practice. Joanna Briggs Institute Colloquium Pre-Conference, Chicago, IL. Invited.

Smith, A., Speer, K., Turpin, P., & Weeks, S. M. (2010, June 10-11). Development of a community wide evidence based practice nursing fellowship for foster translation of research into practice. Evidence Based Practice Conference, Arizona State University. Poster presentation.

Baker, K., & Weeks, S. M. (2010, April 29). Evidence based practice resources to develop the science of gastroenterology nursing: The Joanna Briggs Institute, Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Executive Board Conference, Orlando, FL. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2010, April 23). Evidence based practice resources: TCU and the Joanna Briggs Institute. Psychiatric Nursing Symposium, Arlington, TX. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2009, November 31). Direction of the Joanna Briggs collaboration. Joanna Briggs Institute – The Committee of Directors, Adelaide, South Australia. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2009, September 18). The Joanna Briggs Institute – The Texas Christian University perspective. Quest for Quality, Oklahoma City, OK. Invited plenary speaker.

Moore, P., Weeks, S. M., & Allender, M. (2009, July 9-11). A collaborative approach to an evidence-based practice fellowship. 2009 Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M. (2008, November 18). Digging deep: A study abroad trip “down under”. Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Alpha Chapter, Fort Worth, TX. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2008, October 7). Lessons Learned from a Disaster. University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (2007, July 13). Mobilization of a nursing community after a disaster. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Congress, Vienna, Austria. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M. (2007, March 23). The Magnet Recognition Program: Empowering nurses to transform health care. Psychiatric Nursing Symposium, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX. Invited plenary speaker.

Weeks, S. M. (2005, November 2-5). Advanced Practice Committee Interactive Panel: Bridging the gap between mental health care and primary care. American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. Refereed.

Weeks, S. M. (1998, April 24). Nursing care of the cognitively impaired older adult. Aging Myths, Misconceptions, and the Facts Conference, Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, TX. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (1998, March 4). Disaster mental health services. Psychiatric Nursing Symposium, Arlington, TX. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (1996, March 5). Psychiatric issues in gerontology. Psychiatric Nursing Symposium, Arlington, TX. Invited.

Weeks, S. M. (1993, October 12). Eating disorders. Regional Educational Service Center Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX. Invited plenary day-long workshop presenter.

Editorial/Reviewer Activities

  • Oxford University: Values Based Practice Collaborating Centre; St. Catherine’s College, project partner, 2016-present.
  • Oxford University: Green Templeton College International Learning Collaborative, member, 2016-present.
  • Brite Divinity School, Soul Repair Center, Advisory Board, 2015-present.
  • Joanna Briggs Institute, Impact Working Group, 2014-2015.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Future of Nursing Campaign for Action – Texas Team for Advancing Nursing Education, 2013-present.
  • Journal of Advanced Nursing, reviewer, 2013-present.
  • International Journal of Nursing Practice, Editorial Board, April 2012-present.
  • JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. International Editorial Board, 2012-16.
  • Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Reviewer, 2013-present.
  • Critical Care Nursing Clinics, Guest Editor [Invited], March 2012 issue.
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Merit Reviewer and Stakeholder Panel, November 2011-present.
  • International Journal of Nursing Practice, Reviewer,March 2011-present.
  • Advances in Medical Education and Practice. Reviewer, March 2011-12.
  • PaceSetters, International Editorial Board, February 2011-12.
  • Evidence-Based Nursing, Sentinel Reader, June 2007-present.
  • Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, Reviewer, 2006-present.