Susan Cech has worked as a nurse for the past 34 years, beginning her career as nurse’s aide in a local nursing home in upstate NY. She maintained her employment with the nursing home throughout her college career and continued to climb up the ladder to become a licensed practical nurse and eventually a graduate nurse once she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY-Plattsburgh. She moved to NYC to gain more experience as a Registered Nurse, working at NYU Medical Center on a medical unit, then in management, and finally the Recovery Room and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit.
She decided to further her education in the grad school at NYU in the Nurse Practitioner Program where she graduated with honors. Her interest in cardiac surgery prompted her to work with heart surgeons at Beth Israel for five years before working at the Heart Transplant program at Columbia University Medical Center for 17 years. During her tenure at CUMC, she had participated in a research study which provided a smooth transition for the pediatric heart recipients to the adult heart transplant program. Her enjoyment of teaching and mentoring others, including nursing students throughout her nursing career, has been rewarding in witnessing other nurse’s successful transition to their advanced practice roles.
Aside from Susan’s outstanding work ethic and professionalism, she has compassion, is respectful, always willing to help others, and has a wonderful sense of humor. She has been a substitute nurse for the Nyack Schools for the past 3 years. This new chapter as the middle school nurse offers an exciting and rewarding journey in her career.
Susan has lived in Rockland County for 18 years with her husband and two teenage sons. She enjoys family time, swimming in the ocean, and taking long walks with her dog.