Susan K. O'Conner-Von, PhD, RN

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Susan K. O'Conner-Von

Contact Info

ocon0025@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-624-6647

Fax 612-626-6606

Office Address:
6-128 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH)


Summary

Professional Associations

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Specialty areas are: Pediatric pain and palliative care, Preparation for surgery; Non-pharmacologic interventions for pain management; Web based educational programs for adolescents with cancer, Spirituality care

Research Funding Grants

Research and Education Grants:

Title of Project: Minnesota Health Net Palliative Care Initiative 

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Rural Health Workforce Development Program
Role: Expert faculty
Project Dates: 9/1/10 – 8/31/14

Title of Project: Field Test of a Web-Based Educational Program to Help Youth Cope with Cancer
Funding Agency: P 20 Pilot Grant, NINR/NIH Minnesota Center for Health Trajectory Research
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 5/1/07 - 4/30/09

Title of Project: The Incidence of Pain and other Physical Symptoms in Pediatric Patients with Cystic Fibrosis: Impact on Overall Quality of Life and Body Image
Funding Agency: University of Minnesota, Densford Clinical Scholars Program
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 9/1/07 - 6/1/09

Title of Project: Development and Validation of the Adolescent Cancer Knowledge Questionnaire
Funding Agency: P 20 Pilot Grant, NINR/NIH Minnesota Center for Health Trajectory Research
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 1/1/07 - 4/30/07

Title of Project: Senior Nursing Students' Knowledge and Attitude Regarding Pediatric Pain
Funding Agency: University of Minnesota School of Nursing Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 9/1/05 - 8/30/06

Title of Project: Preparation of Children for Painful Procedures: A Web-based Program
Funding Agency: University of Minnesota Graduate School, Grant-in-Aid
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 7/1/04 - 6/30/06

Publications

Selected Publications:

  • Kalb, K., O’Conner-Von, S., Brockway, C., & Sendelbach, S. (2015). Evidence-based teaching practice in nursing education. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36 (4), 212-219.
  • Quinlan-Cowell, A., & O’Conner-Von, S. (2014). Shifting the paradigm of pain. Southern Pain Society Journal, July, 2-3.
  • Reeder, C., LeGrand, A. & O'Conner-Von, S. (2013). The effect of fenugreek on milk production and prolactin levels in mothers of preterm infants. Clinical Lactation, 4(4), 159-165.
  • O'Conner-Von, S. & Turner, H. (2013). Male Infant Circumcision Pain Management: Position Statement. American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Pain Management Nursing, 14(4), 379-383.
  • Kalb, K, & O'Conner-Von, S. (2012). Strategies in education: Breaking down silos, building up teams. Health Progress, 93(3), 38-45.
  • Kalb, K., O'Conner-Von, S., Schipper, L., & Watkins, A. (2012). Educating leaders in nursing: Faculty perspectives.International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 9(1), 1-13.
  • Ware, L., Bruckenthal, P., Davis, G. & O’Conner-Von, S. (2011). Factors that influence patient advocacy by pain management nurses. Pain Management Nursing, 12(1), 25-32.
  • Lindeke, L., Anderson, S., Chesney, M. & O’Conner-Von, S. (2010). Family-centered Health Care / Medical Home: APN Roles in Shaping New Care Models. Journal of Pediatric 
  • Health Care, 24(6), 413-416.
  • Looman, W., Thurmes, A., & O’Conner-Von, S. (2010). Quality of life among children with velocardiofacial syndrome.Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 47(3), 273-283.
  • O'Conner-Von, S. (2009). Coping with Cancer: A web-based educational program for early and middle adolescents.Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 26(4), 230-241.
  • O'Conner-Von, S., Looman, W., Lindeke, L., Garwick, A., & Leonard, B. (2009). Preparing pediatric nurse leaders for practice. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 33(1), 73-77.
  • Liaschenko, L., O'Conner-Von, S., & Peden-McAlpine, C. (2009). The "Big Picture": Communicating with families about end-of-life care in ICU. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 28(5), 224-231.
  • Looman, W., O'Conner-Von, S., Ferski, G., & Hildenbrand, D. (2009). Financial and employment problems in families of children with special health care needs: Implications for research and practice. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 23(2), 117-125.
  • O'Conner-Von, S. (2008). Preparation of adolescents for outpatient surgery: Use of an Internet program. AORN Journal,87(2), 374-398.
  • Matthews, A., & O'Conner-Von, S. (2008). Administration of comfort medication at end-of-life in neonates: Effects of weight. Neonatal Network, 27(4), 223-227.
  • Looman, W., O'Conner-Von, S., & Lindeke, L. (2008). Caring for children with special health care needs and their families: What advanced practice nurses need to know. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 4(7), 512-517.
  • Kalb, K., & O'Conner-Von, S. (2007). Ethics education in advanced practice nursing: Respect for human dignity. Nursing Education Perspectives, 28(4), 196-202.
  • O'Conner-Von, S. (2000). Preparing children for surgery: An integrative research review. AORN, 71(2), 334-343.

Book Chapters:

  • O’Conner-Von, S. (2014). Spirituality in children. In N. Kline (Ed.) Essentials of pediatric hematology/ oncology nursing: A core curriculum (4th ed.).
  • Twycross, A., & O’Conner-Von, S. (2014). Education for pediatric pain. In P. McGrath, B. Stevens, & W. Zempsky (Eds.), The Oxford textbook of paediatric pain (pp. 653-660). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • O’Conner-Von, S. (2014). Animal-assisted Therapy. In R. Lindquist, M. Snyder, & M. Tracy (Eds.), Complementary & alternative therapies in nursing (pp. 229-252). New York: Springer Publications.
  • O’Conner-Von, S. (2012). Growth and development of the school-age child. In N. Potts & B. Mandleco (Eds.), Pediatric nursing: Caring for children and their families. Clifton Park, N.Y.: Thomson Delmar Learning.
  • O'Conner-Von, S. (2010). Animal-assisted Therapy. In R. Lindquist & M. Snyder (Eds.), Complementary/alternative therapies in nursing. New York: Springer Publications.
  • O'Conner-Von, S., Osterlund, H. & Simpson, M. (2010). Integrative therapies for pain management. In B. St. Marie (Ed.), Core curriculum for pain management nursing. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.
  • O'Conner-Von, S. (2007). Growth and development of the school-age child. In N. Potts & B. Mandleco (Eds.), Pediatric nursing: Caring for children and their families. Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning.
  • O'Conner-Von, S. (2002). Growth and development of the school-age child. In N. Potts & B. Mandleco (Eds.), Pediatric nursing: Caring for children and their families. Albany, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Care of Children with Chronic Health Conditions; Pediatric Pain; Palliative Care; Ethics; Spirituality