Susan Paparella MSN, RN

Vice President

Susan Paparella, RN, MSN is Vice President at ISMP. Before joining ISMP, Susan spent over 20 years in the acute care setting, as the Director for Critical Care and Emergency Services then as the Director for Hospital-wide Quality Improvement, Risk Management, and Education. Since 2000, Susan has directed and performed onsite medication safety risk assessments and root cause analyses for hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the US and Canada. She frequently participates in the investigation of medication safety issues specific to adult populations; specifically around oncology and critical care/emergency care practice. Susan serves as part-time faculty at Temple University School of Pharmacy. She is the immediate past chairperson of the Emergency Nurses Association’s (ENA’s) Patient Safety Committee, and their LUNAR III research group. She also is the author and section editor of Danger Zone, which is a regular column on medication safety in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. Susan is a member of the American Association of Hospital Risk Managers (ASHRM), Sigma Theta Tau International, and the American College of Healthcare Executives and graduated with honors from Villanova University,