Susan C. Maloney is the daughter of Richard and Barbara Maloney of Wattsburg Street, Union City, Pa. Susan grew up attending Union City Elementary and High School graduating with her diploma in 1986.
During Susan’s high school years, she was most well known for her love of sports and athletics and was a 4-year varsity letter athlete in basketball and volleyball and then in her junior and senior year she also participated in track and field and softball respectively. She also played saxophone in the Union City High School Band six years. During the 1985 basketball season Susan broke the all-time scoring record held at that time with over 500 career points. Susan averaged 86 percent free throws from the floor and the line that year.
Her career plans took her to Saint Vincent Health Center School of Nursing where she completed her RN with a diploma in Nursing in 1988. Susan was the recipient of the Women of the Moose scholarship for both years of her nursing school and was also honored at her graduation with “Margaret A. Hammer Award” for nursing excellence -- an award chosen by the School of Nursing Facility (1988).
In 1990, Susan was nominated by the American Cancer Society to fulfill the role of “Nurse of Hope” for the year, which included public speaking and educational outreach in the Erie County community about health promotion/disease prevention and cancer risk reduction education. This was just the start of her 31 year-career in nursing and healthcare moving on to eventually complete her BSN with magna cum laude from Edinburg University in 1994; a Master’s in nursing (summa cum laude) with a family practitioner certificate (CRNP) in 1997 from Gannon University, and then in 2009 Susan completed her PhD in Health Psychology from Walden University with a 3.98 GPA.
Susan worked at Saint Vincent Health Center until she completed her MSN, at which time she left there to begin work as a family nurse practitioner working in various healthcare settings including internal medicine, skilled nursing care, women’s health and college health until she ultimately secured a full-time tenured faculty position at Edinboro University teaching Mental Health nursing in 2004 to the present. Susan still holds this academic appointment and continues to advance her professional and educational skills.
In December 2018, Susan completed a second post-master’s certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and successfully passed her national board certification in March 2019. Susan’s educational outreach efforts have earned the attention of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office for Opioid education efforts in the AG’s Office recognizing Maloney with a public declaration and award with a following appointment to the Pennsylvania Trauma-Informed Care Network beginning in January 2019 with local and regional outreach efforts.
During Maloney’s free time while pursuing her academic achievements, she also maintained an active physical life by working out daily at Bill Lawrence’s Personal fitness gym (Meadville, PA) where she was also a personal trainer. Maloney caught the bug of weightlifting and in 2008 competed in her first natural drug-free body-building competition and won first place in her age division and the overall title earning her a pro body building card and designation with the International Fitness Professional Athletes organization (IFPA). Maloney went on to compete on the local and national state over the next several years earning her third place finishes at the National Yorton Cup (Washington, D.C.) in body-building and figure competitions in 2009 and first place in her age group and a second place finish overall in 2009 in Cleveland, National NPC competition. In 2010 Maloney won her first Pro competition in Amherst, Mass., at the IFPA competition, and then 2 weeks later, Maloney was a platform finisher in the 2010 Team Universe competition in New York City.
Maloney is a gifted and requested public speaker on topics including Drug Diversion in Healthcare, Safe Opioid prescribing, Adverse Childhood events and their interplay with drug abuse and the need for stigma-free and compassionate mental health approach to care of all human beings.
Maloney was recently sworn in at the Erie Veterans Medical Center’s Outpatient Behavioral health clinic where she works as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner caring for Veteran’s mental health care needs. Maloney is also employed as a consultant with Vital Health, a multi-health consultant company providing psychiatric care management to residents in long term care skilled nursing homes.
Maloney has a daughter, Annie, who lives and works as a chef in Colorado Springs. Maloney lives in Saegertown and wears many educational and clinical hats and proudly shares that after 31 years in nursing, she still loves her work immensely.