Susan Brander, Care Manager
Meet Dr. Apps Nurse Care Manager, Susan Brander RN BSW BSN RNC. Susan grew up in Kentwood, Michigan graduating from East Kentwood High School. Susan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 1988. During her social work career she practiced in various settings, caring for the needs of client’s ranging in age from early adolescences through adulthood. She worked with adolescences in both residential and community facilities. She then moved to adult psychiatric care, staffing in a community based independent treatment home. To all of these age groups she has taught various adult living skills which have included medication management, money management, resource allocation, navigating the employment world and relational interactions.
Susan then went on to earn her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995. She has worked for 25 years in women’s health, focusing mostly in labor and delivery. She has worked in various sized hospitals from community facilities to major academic medical centers. She has held positions of staff nurse, resource nurse, triage nurse, and charge nurse. She has been a preceptor and served on multiple professional and practice committees. One of the highlights of Susan’s career was working as travel nurse along with her husband for 3 ½ years practicing in Florida, Colorado, and Hawaii. She recently completed a 20 year career at Spectrum Health in Labor and Delivery.
Susan has a passion for serving others. She wants to make sure patients understand their chronic or acute illnesses. That they have the resources available to them to obtain their best mental and physical state. Susan assists patients to both identify roadblocks and set goals to overcome them. She provides her patient’s with a safe environment to express their needs and offers them an empathetic ear along with mentorship, education and feedback. The goal is to empower the patient to take control of their health and the ability to make good choices. Susan calls patients at their homes after emergency or inpatient hospital discharges. She also see patients weekly in the office. It is her goal to help her patient’s feel more empowered in their healthcare journey.
In her time away from the office Susan spends time with her husband and two daughters. Together they enjoy travel, exploring, cooking, entertaining and worship.