Susan Russell
CNO & Patient Safety Officer at Singing River Health System

As the Chief Nursing & Patient Safety Officer at Singing River Health System, Susan Russell brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the nursing profession to her work. Susan's expertise in the hospital and health care industry spans patient safety, nursing operations and hospital administration. She is proud to have served as both a consultant and panelist on topics related to clinical operations and performance improvement, while also being recognized with awards for advocating donation, innovation and nurse/patient rights.

As a leader in this space, Susan is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Association of Nurse Leaders - where she's using her insights to ensure nursing teams are optimally staffed and that innovative healthcare solutions are developed that result in positive outcomes for patients.


  • Common reasons for the nursing shortage. 2:15
  • What’s an ongoing shortage? 5:02
  • The wage index and the cost of living. 9:58
  • Innovative ways to grow your internal workforce. 12:16
  • How to start an LPN apprenticeship program. 16:33
  • The importance of diversity in healthcare. 19:33
  • How do you attract people to your area? 22:31
  • How much does it cost to be a travel nurse? 27:53
  • Advice for HR Professionals. 30:34

Full Episode Transcript

Susan Russell_Episode 6 Transcript_The ASHHRA Podcast_2.9.2023.pdf