Susan Wilhelm, PhD, RN-C

Emeritus Assistant Professor


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - West Nebraska Division
1601 East 27th St.
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Phone: 308-632-0412



  • 1975, BSN, University of Northern Colorado
  • 1994, MSN, University of Wyoming
  • 2001, PhD, University of Wyoming


Dr. Wilhelm is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean in the College of Nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO., her master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. Dr. Wilhelm’s clinical background includes all areas of Women’s Health. She has held nursing positions in several states in the mid-western region. Dr. Wilhelm joined the faculty at the University of Medical Center College of Nursing in 1990.


Research Interests

  • Bi-lingual interactive computer breastfeeding support program
  • Motivational interviewing to improve breastfeeding self-efficacy and duration of breastfeeding
  • Asthma screening in Native American children
  • Menopausal women’s self-efficacy for hormone replacement therapy


Wilhelm, S., Stepans, M.B.F., Rodehorst, T.K., & Hertzog, M. (2017).Motivational interviewing to promote sustained breastfeeding. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing.

Wilhelm, S.L., & Jensen, L. (2017) Interdisciplinary learning: Perceptions of the usefulness of a clinical simulation for care of the asthmatic client. Journal of Professional Nursing.

Stepans, M.B.F., Wilhelm, S., Dolence, E.K. (2017) Smoking Hygiene: Reducing Infant Exposure to Tobacco. Journal of Biological Research.

Joshi, A., Amadi, C., Meza, J., Aguirre, T. & Wilhelm, S. (2016). Evaluation of a computer-based bilingual breastfeeding educational program on breastfeeding knowledge, self-efficacy and intent to breastfeed among rural Hispanic women. International Journal of Medical Informatics.

Joshi, A., Amadi, C., Meza, J., Aguirre, T., & Wilhelm, S. (2015). Comparison of socio-demographic characteristics of a computer based breastfeeding educational intervention among rural Hispanic women. Journal of Community Health, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0023-3

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Consultant to faculty developing concept based nursing curriculum.

Research advisory board for AWHONN and she serves as the Wyoming Section Chair.

Reviewer for Nursing for Women’s Health, Education Perspectives and Applied Nursing Research.


Nebraska Nurse of the Year Award for March of Dimes in 2012.