School of Nursing

Susan Sepples Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Office Location

229 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus, 162N Lewiston Campus


(207) 780-4535 (office); (207) 939-9592 (cell)

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Nursing and Women's Health, University of Virginia, 1996
  • M.S. Nursing, University of Virginia, 1993
  • B.S. Nursing, Duke University, 1983


Susan Sepples has been a professor at USM since 1996.  A graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia, she has a clinical Masters in Pulmonary Critical Care and a Doctorate in Philosophy. She continues to practice at the bedside in critical care.  Her research and scholarly focus is on Maine’s Nursing Workforce and on creativity in the classroom.  Susan teaches adult health nursing from a clinical reasoning perspective; engaging students in a classroom milieu that challenges them to develop the skills of active thinking and clinical reasoning necessary for the practice environment. Susan co-teaches a community partnership in Bayside (Portland) with a focus on engaged leadership. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Pulmonary Critical Care
  • EOL issues
  • Nursing Workforce in Maine
  • Maine’s Statewide Preceptor Education
  • Strategies for creative teaching

Research Interests

Maine’s Faculty Nursing Workforce

Areas of Scholarship

Maine’s Faculty Nursing Workforce


  • Components of the CCRN (pulmonary, hematologic), taught every other year at the regional critical care conference (Horizons)
  • Presentations of Maine’s Faculty Workforce (statewide meetings on Maine’s Nursing Workforce)
  • Presenter at Lunder Dineen’s Statewide Nursing Preceptor Conference
  • Maine Calling (radio program on Maine’s nursing crisis) 

Awards and Recognition

Faculty Senate Award for University Service 

Professional Activity

  • Board member for over 10 years and former executive board member at Maine Health at Home  (formerly Home Health VNS)
  • Board member at large at Southern Maine Chapter of AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses)
  • Advisory Board, Lunder Dineen
  • Faculty Senator and executive committee member
  • Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee at USM SON
  • USM SON Peer Review Committee member