Dr. Walsh is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Assistant Professor at UIC College of Nursing in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science joining the faculty in 2004. She has been in clinical practice in pediatric nursing for over 35 years, varying from neonatal intensive care, gastroenterology, dermatology, school based adolescent care and pediatric primary care. She continues to enjoy a preceptor role with APN students in her pediatric practice, speaking in various venues, relishes time with her large family, and is a gardening enthusiast.
Dr. Walsh currently teaches content in the pediatric nurse practitioner program on health promotion and maintenance across infancy, childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. She also teaches advanced clinical and pharmacological management of acute and chronic illness in pediatric ambulatory health care settings. With a team of other faculty, she is an instructor for clinical practicum courses while also serves in a faculty clinical preceptor role and as a faculty mentor for students’ doctor of nursing practice synthesis projects. In the past both health assessment and pathophysiology were favorite courses to teach.
In order to further advance the call for health care for all, Dr. Walsh is committed to community engagement and development projects within urban Chicago neighborhoods. She champions the First Ladies’ Health Initiative, an annual event that partners with local, traditionally African-American and Hispanic churches to provide health screening and information to the congregants. Additionally, to combine a passion for clinical practice, teaching, service and global health Dr. Walsh is a liaison for Interprofessional Service Learning in Haiti for both students and faculty.
- Teaching Recognition Program (TRP) Award, 2016/17
- The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2014
- Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Lambda Chapter Beverly McElmurray Nursing Award for Contributions to International Nursing, 2014
- Humanitarian Award, Concern International, 2014
- The Power of Nursing Leadership Pinnacle Leader, 2013
- Blessed Pauline Award, Josephinum Academy,2013
- Nursing Spectrum Community Service Award, 2011
- Walsh, S., Sipsma, H., Norr, K., Sankar, G. Newborn Cord Care Practices in Haiti. Global Public Health. (Refereed). DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1012094; http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2015.1012094
- Walsh, S. Post-Earthquake Haiti 3 Years Later…, Nurse Practitioner World News Spring 2013; 19, No. 1: 14-15. http://www.npworldnews.com/pastissue
- Walsh, S. Haiti…2 Years Later, Nurse Practitioner World News March/April 2012; 18, No. ¾:16-17. http://www.npworldnews.com/pastissue
- Walsh, S. Return to Haiti, Nurse Practitioner World News March/April 2011; 16, No. ¾: 18-21. http://www.npworldnews.com/pastissue
Walsh, S. Walking in Broken Shoes: a nurse’s story of Haiti and the Earthquake. 2011. Grace Acres Press. Larkspur, CO.
Dr. Walsh is currently participating in team based clinical research focusing on the health and well-being of mothers, infants, children and adolescents in Haiti/low resource countries. Specific topics are neonatal cord care, early initiation of breast feeding, exclusive breast feeding and other breast feeding practices. Other areas of focus are the effects of interprofessional service learning experiences on both participants and the communities being served.