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Susan Kirkpatrick Schenk

Susan Kirkpatrick Schenk, American nursing educator. Registered Nurse, PHN, Basic Cardiac Life Support; certified community college teacher, California; certified vocational education teacher, California. Administration on Aging/Department of Health and Human Services grantee, 1988.


Schenk, Susan Kirkpatrick was born on November 29, 1938 in New Richmond, Indiana, United States. Daughter of William Marcius and Frances (Kirkpatrick) Gaither.


Bachelor of science in nursing, Indiana University, 1962. Postgraduate, University Delaware, Newark, 1975.


Staff nurse, then assistant director nursing Bloomington Hospital, Indiana, 1962-1966. Charge nurse Newark Manor, Delaware, 1967-1969. Charge nurse Guam Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1971-1972.

Clinical instructor nursing Indiana State University, 1972-1973. Clinical instructor psychiatric nursing University Delaware, Newark, 1974-1975. Psychiatric nursing care coordinator Veterans Administration Medical Center, Perry Point, Maryland, 1975-1978.

From nurse educator to community relations coordinator Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, California, 1978—1991. Director psychiatric services Scripps Hospital East County, El Cajon, 1991-1997. Nursing instructor, adult education Grossmont Union High School District, La Mesa, since 1996.

Technical advisor San Diego County Board Supervisors, 1987. Technical consultant Remedy Home and Health Care, San Diego, 1988. Expert panelist Srs. Speak Out, KPBS-television, San Diego, 1988.

Guest lecturer San Diego State University, 1987.


Member patient services committee National Multiple Sclerosis Society, San Diego, 1986-1989. Board directors Association for Quality and Participation, 1989. Member Indiana University Alumni Association (life), California Council Adult Education, Mensa, Sigma Theta Tau.


  • Other Interests

    Piano, gardening, reading.


Married Richard Dee Brown, August 13, 1960 (divorced February 1972). Children: Christopher Lee, David Michael, Lisa Catherine. Married John Francis Schenk, July 24, 1975 (widowed April 1995).