Advanced Practice Nurse
Division of Advanced Nursing Practice
Drawing on her lengthy experience as an emergency room nurse – where she found the ER often providing last-resort mental health care for depressed and sometimes suicidal patients who also suffered from various physical problems – Suzanne Salamanca’s work focuses on improving mental health care services for patients who often believe they have nowhere to turn for help.
For more than a decade, Salamanca has worked to weave principles of primary care, emergency care, and research into her practice as a Psychiatric APN. Her work is conducted in academic settings, inpatient acute care hospitals, inner city community-based health centers and outpatient clinics. Salamanca works with mental health patients from diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. At Rutgers, she encourages new nurses to explore the field of mental health and its opportunities, with the hopes they also will find it as fascinating and rewarding.
Before coming to the Rutgers School of Nursing faculty member in 2017, Salamanca was a Psychiatric APN at Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare in Westwood, NJ, providing short-term and recovery-oriented crisis intervention/stabilization services for adults experiencing mental health crises. Prior to that, at Hackensack University Medical Center, she was a full-time APN treating adult patients with co-morbid medical and neuro/psychiatric conditions.
Earlier in her career, Salamanca’s work included psychiatric nursing positions at: the North Jersey Friendship House Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation in Hackensack, NJ; Holy Name Medical Center, in Teaneck, NJ; and in private practice in New Jersey. At Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing, she also was a full-time clinical/classroom instructor.
Salamanca’s research includes an ongoing effort with Dr. Mark A. Gluck of the Rutgers Center
of Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience in which they are assessing how women survivors of sexual violence deal with post-traumatic stress syndrome. The team examines individual differences in how women respond to such trauma, with the goal being to provide individualized care based on each patient’s unique needs.
Salamanca also is part of a multi-disciplinary Rutgers team assessing the interprofessional education practice experiences of students, faculty and staff in a community based health center that provides primary healthcare services and mental health services at four public housing communities in Newark, NJ.
Currently, Salamanca is enrolled full time in the PhD in Nursing program at the Rutgers School of Nursing. She holds a post master’s certificate in primary care of the adult from Farleigh Dickinson University, a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in the adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner track from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey, and a nursing diploma from Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing in Teaneck, NJ.
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