Published: September 16, 2008
Suzanne Edgett Collins, associate professor in The University of Tampa’s
Department of Nursing, was recently appointed to the Defense Health
Board Medical Ethics Subcommittee.
This federal advisory
committee to the U.S. Secretary of Defense provides independent
scientific advice and recommendations on matters relating to health care
delivery, research and policy for all U.S. service members and all
Department of Defense beneficiaries.
More information regarding the Defense Health Board may be accessed at
is a nurse-attorney with extensive experience in the areas of medical
and nursing malpractice, legal and bioethics education of allied health
care practitioners, and consultation practice in licensure defense,
forensic criminal defense, health law and policy, and health care risk
management. She is licensed as a nurse in Florida and Pennsylvania, and
is a member of the bars of Florida and Washington, D.C. She also has
been admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States.
earned her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, and her Ph.D.
in nursing is from the University of South Florida. In addition, Collins
holds a Master’s Degree in public health, health policy and management,
also from USF.
Collins’ expertise focuses on the intersections
of law, ethics, health policy/economics and nursing. Her research
interests include: issues of nursing law and ethics; patient safety and
nursing error; and social and behavioral issues among nurses. Collins is
the assistant editor for the Journal of Nursing Law and has published
frequently in peer reviewed and professional journals.