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Dr. Susan VanBeuge is a Professor in Residence in the UNLV School of Nursing. She teaches across the curriculum in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. VanBeuge joined the School of Nursing in 2006 and has enjoyed leadership roles as DNP Coordinator and MSN Coordinator, as well as serving on the UNLV Faculty Senate Executive Committee and SON Faculty Organization President.


Dr. VanBeuge is a board-certified family nurse practitioner.  She currently practices in the subspecialty of endocrinology and cardiometabolic disease.  Dr. VanBeuge is a frequent national speaker in the areas of diabetes, thyroid disease, health policy, and leadership.  She is also part of the interprofessional education workgroup at UNLV and has served as an IPE consultant. Dr. VanBeuge has served in nursing regulation in Nevada and nationally, providing a level of expertise in this area.

Classes Taught

Dr. VanBeuge teaches across the curriculum in the School of Nursing in the Pre-licensure, BSN, MSN, and DNP programs.  Her courses taught include role development and business practices, family nurse practitioner theory and clinical, advanced assessment, nutrition across the lifespan, and clinical synthesis.  Dr. VanBeuge also serves as a chair and supports students completing doctoral research thesis in the school of nursing and in schools within UNLV. Dr. VanBeuge has also co-taught in the College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering 795: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering- Fundamentals of Electrophysiology. 

Education Background

Dr. VanBeuge earned a B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Utah (1986), B.S. in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University (1993), M.S. Nursing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Utah (2009).  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi.  Dr. VanBeuge is a licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Research or Scholarship

Dr. VanBeuge’s research interests include cancer survivorship, interprofessional collaboration, health care policy, endocrinology, and health promotion. Her doctoral project investigated cancer survivorship and the continuing needs of survivors after treatment is completed. She completed a study funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration in interprofessional collaboration (IPE) through the National Geriatric Education Consortium. This work translated into published research and workgroups created on campus to integrate IPE into curricula for nursing, dentistry, social work, psychology, and physical therapy. Dr. VanBeuge completed a National Science Foundation grant with the School of Engineering to deliver online education within the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines for graduate students. 

Other work by Dr. VanBeuge has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and other publications, and she has presented research findings about topics related to clinical areas in endocrinology, interprofessional collaboration, and health care policy during national conferences and meetings.

Awards, recognitions, or group affiliations

Dr. VanBeuge serves the community as an RN member of the Nevada State Board of Nursing, and is currently serving as the Board President. Dr. VanBeuge is an elected member of the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors, serving as the Area 1 Director from 2021-2023. Dr. VanBeuge serves as the Chair of the Nevada Primary Care Advisory Council and is a member of the recruitment and retention committee.  Dr. VanBeuge is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She is an active member and previous elected leader in the AANP, serving as the Nevada State Representative for two terms.  Dr. VanBeuge served as the National Conference Chair for 2017 and 2018, as well as several committees for conferences and special work groups and represented the AANP on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for diabetes education.  Dr. VanBeuge has served on the Nevada Action Coalition and acts as an advisor to the Western Regional Advanced Practice Nurses Network (WRAPNN) serving the western US.