Sue Sirianni

As Sue Sirianni, RN, DNP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CCRN celebrates her 30th year in nursing, she still feels that same sense of excitement and commitment with every patient and family encounter. Sue earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor, a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, she holds certificates as both and Adult Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Madonna University, as well as, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Madonna University. Her doctoral research focused on improving sepsis care throughout 4 adult hospitals within the Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Sirianni has been a presenter at numerous conferences both locally and nationally. She has presented extensively on sepsis, early mobility, delirium, reducing costs in healthcare, the ABCDE bundle and the role of the DNP, to name a few.

Throughout her career she has held a variety of roles including staff nurse, preceptor, educator, clinical nurse specialist and most recently as both a nurse practitioner with the surgical intensive care unit at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit and adjunct associate professor at Madonna University in the Acute Care NP program. She is an active member of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) currently serving as the Region 5 Representative over the 2 largest chapters in Michigan along with 5 student chapters. She is the immediate past president of the MICNP Metro chapter.

Sue has been the recipient of  numerous awards including:

  • DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses – 2010
  • Florence Nightingale Nominee – 2009 &  2010 & 2013, Oakland University
  • Florence Nightingale Runner Up 2014 – Advanced Practice Nursing, Oakland University
  • Kappa Iota Mentor of the Year – 2012
  • American Association of American Association of Critical Care Nurses –Circle of Excellence -2013
  • Florence Nightingale Advanced Practice Winner – 2015, Oakland University
  • MICNP Metro Chapter Outstanding NP – 2016
  • Sepsis Alliance Nurses Know Sepsis – 2016

As an NP in the SICU, Sue cares for a number of critically ill and injured patients on a daily basis. She precepts several NP students and helps to educate the numerous residents that rotate on her SICU service every month. In addition to her clinical work, she is an active member of a number of committees within her hospital and system wide. She has developed and facilitated numerous evidence practice changes within the intensive care units both at SGH and within the Detroit Medical Center. However, the work she is most proud of are her efforts to help raise public awareness regarding sepsis. After losing her brother to a 36-hour battle of sepsis, she cofounded the 1st Annual Stomp Out Sepsis with her research partner Dr. Maria Palleschi. This year marks the third Stomp out Sepsis event. Both, Dr. Sirianni and Dr. Palleschi worked extensively with the Michigan Hospital association and have now engaged others in Michigan to be active in raising public awareness. But their efforts did not stop there. This year marks their second international event ” Scare Away Sepsis” in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Sue has also been featured in the Neighborhood News, on Youtube and on CKLW radio discussing the need for early recognition and treatment of sepsis. Sue hopes that through increased awareness by both healthcare providers and the public, sepsis will be STOMPED OUT!


Sepsis Alliance Institute

“Off Target: Case Report of Heparin Resistance in a Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit Patient.” Critical Care Nurse