School of Nursing and Health Studies

Suzanne Sikma, Professor

Suzanne Sikma

Suzanne Sikma, PhD, RN 

Suzanne Sikma held clinical nursing, staff development and administrative positions in university medical centers for 20 years before her appointment to the research faculty at the UW Seattle School of Nursing in 1994 in the Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems (BHS) department. During this appointment, she concurrently served as clinical services director in a retirement community. In 1997 she began her appointment on the faculty of the Nursing Program at UW Bothell. At UWB, she has advanced to her current role as Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies and as an Adjunct Professor in BHS at the UW School of Nursing.


Suzanne’s scholarship has focused on two streams: home and community-based services, policies, and organizations/systems for care of older adults; and nursing education. Her publications in gerontology emphasize research findings about delegation and consumer directed care policies; medication management and roles in assisted living; and the caring environment for nursing home staff. Her publications in education address gerontologic nursing education and clinical staff development. Her current scholarship includes a focus on academic progression in nursing, specifically RN to BSN education, and she is the Project Manager for the Academic Progression in Nursing-Washington project with the Washington Center for Nursing.


University of Washington
Seattle, WA
  • Doctor of Philosophy, School of Nursing; Dissertation: Caregiver perceptions of caring in the organizational environment
Loyola University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing






Courses Taught

  • Healthcare Systems Leadership for Advanced Roles
  • Mentoring in Nursing Education, Leadership and Clinical Practice
  • Program Planning and Evaluation in Health Service Delivery
  • Methods of Research in Nursing I & II
  • Advanced Roles in Nursing Practice
  • Assessment of Older Adults
  • Aging and Health Promotion
  • Caring and Compassion in Leadership
  • Partnerships in Community Health
  • Critical Thinking in Nursing
  • Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Inquiry
  • Relational Leadership in Nursing