Faculty/Staff Profile

Susan L. Wilhelm, PhD, RN-C
Emeritus Assistant Professor

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - West Nebraska Division
1601 E 27th St 
Scottsbluff, NE 69361 
tel: (308) 632-0412
E-Mail: slwilhel@unmc.edu

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 positons in several states in the mid-western region. Dr. Wilhelm joined the faculty at the University of Medical Center College of Nursing in 1990.


  • Dr. Wilhelm teaches the patient centered care 1 course
  • Dr. Wilhelm has taught the under-graduate Maternal-Newborn course for years
  • Dr. Wilhelm has developed simulations for the under-graduate students


  • Dr. Wilhelm is a co-investigator of a NIH R21 grant exploring the feasibility of a bi-lingual interactive computer breastfeeding support program
  • Dr. Wilhelm has conducted multi-site rural research with rural, Mexican-American, and Native American mothers using Motivational interviewing to improve breastfeeding self-efficacy and duration of breastfeeding
  • Dr. Wilhelm was a co-investigator to conduct asthma screening in Native American children
  • Dr. Wilhelm’s dissertation research focused on impacting self-efficacy of women. She has examined menopausal women’s self-efficacy for hormone replacement therapy.

Professional Service/Recognition

  • Dr. Wilhelm is a consultant to faculty developing concept based nursing curriculum
  • Dr. Wilhelm received the Nebraska Nurse of the Year Award for March of Dimes in 2012
  • Dr. Wilhelm is on the research advisory board for AWHONN and she serves as the Wyoming Section Chair
  • Dr. Wilhelm is a reviewer for Nursing for Women’s Health, Education Perspectives and Applied Nursing Research