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 as a pediatric nurse for over 35 years, varying from neonatal intensive care, gastroenterology, dermatology, school-based adolescent care and pediatric primary care. Because of her desire to serve diverse and vulnerable pediatric populations and their families, she has championed multiple local and global initiatives. She is the Director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute and Primary Care programs and the Associate Director of the Global Health Leadership Office. Her efforts are aimed at providing “Primary Health Care for All” (Declaration Alma Ata, 1978) via direct patient care and indirectly though the advancement of health education.
Dr. Walsh currently teaches content in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program on health prevention, 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 serving in a faculty clinical preceptor role and as a synthesis project faculty mentor for Doctorate of Nursing Practice students. In preparation for global health experiences, she co-teaches a course that develops foundations for practice in global health.
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.
- 2016/19 Teaching Recognition Program Award - University of Illinois at Chicago
- 2014 Excellence in Mentoring Award - The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses
- 2014 Beverly J. McElmurry Nursing Award for Contributions to International Nursing - Alpha Lambda Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
- 2014 Humanitarian Award, Concern International
- 2013 Pinnacle Leader, The Power of Nursing Leadership
- 2013 Blessed Pauline Award, Josephinum Academy
- 2011 Nursing Excellence Award in Community Service - Nursing Spectrum
- Walsh, S., Cordes, L., Sipsma, H., Norr, K., Sankar, G. (2017). Effectiveness of a Campaign to Implement Chlorhexidine Use for Newborns in Rural Haiti. BMC Research Notes (Refereed). https://doi.org/10.1186/
- Vanderway, J., Vincent, C., Walsh. S., Obrecht, J. (2017). Implementation of a Pathway for the treatment of Fever and Neutropenia in Pediatric Patients with Cancer. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing (Refereed). https://10.1177/
- Walsh, S., Sipsma, H., Norr, K., Sankar, G. (2015) Newborn Cord Care Practices in Haiti. Global Public Health. (Refereed). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/
- Walsh, S. Post-Earthquake Haiti 3 Years Later…, Nurse Practitioner World News Spring 2013; 19, No. 1: 14-15. http://www.npworldnews.com/
- Walsh, S. Haiti…2 Years Later, Nurse Practitioner World News March/April 2012; 18, No. ¾:16-17. http://www.npworldnews.com/
- Walsh, S. Return to Haiti, Nurse Practitioner World News March/April 2011; 16, No. ¾: 18-21. http://www.npworldnews.com/
- 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 breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding and other breastfeeding practices. Other areas of focus are the effects of interprofessional service learning experiences on both participants and the communities being served locally and globally.