About Sue Heffernan

Sue Heffernan has over 30 years of pediatric clinical nursing and management experience. She received her BSN in 1976 and her MN in 1989 both from the University of Washington. During her career at Seattle Children’s Hospital, she worked as a staff and charge nurse in both the neonatal and pediatric critical care units.  Sue served as the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Nursing Staff Development, in charge of orientation, professional development and nursing quality practice. She oversaw management of clinical policies and procedures, the evaluation and implementation of new medical products/devices and served on a number of nursing and hospital committees, including over 18 years on the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Sue initiated the “greening of Seattle Children’s” helping to recycle, re-use, reduce medical waste, reduce chemical exposure from medical products, and educate and empower staff to make a health difference in their work environments. In the latter part of her career at Seattle Children’s, Sue was the director of accreditation and regulatory compliance.

In addition to Sue’s part time school nurse work, she partners with her physician husband in the merging of technology with healthcare treatment paradigms. She serves on a number of boards, volunteers as a Seattle Children’s Hospital guild president and camp nurse for a special needs children’s summer camp. Sue is the parent of two grown children. She is passionate about making a difference in the world.

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