Susan Fleming, PhD, RN, CNS

PhD, Washington State University
MN, University of Washington
BSN, Washington State University
Diploma, Los Angeles County School of Nursing
Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist

Assistant Professor

Phone: (206) 296-6950

Building/Room: Garrand 306


Susan Fleming earned her diploma of nursing at Los Angeles County School of Nursing, and her BSN from Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing. In 2005, she received her MN from University of Washington, Seattle where she earned two certificates: Nurse Educator Certificate and Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate. She is a graduate of the PhD program at Washington State University College of Nursing. She currently teaches Obstetrics and Senior Synthesis for undergraduate nursing students at Seattle University. She advocates for individuals with disabilities working in healthcare fields and newborns who are born with birth defects. Her clinical practice extends many years primarily working in hospital nursing with mothers and newborns. Her research interest lies in studying technology and the American birth experience. Her goal is to improve nursing practice and health outcomes of mothers and their off springs for generations to come.


Maternal childcare, health care systems, international health care, working with disabilities & preventing birth defects


  • AWHONN, 2005-present
  • American College of Nurse Midwives
  • American Nurses Association, 2005–present
  • Lamaze International, 2010-present
  • STTI, 2006-present
  • Delta Chi, 2006-present
  • WIN, 2011-present
  • WSNA, 2005-present
  • Board Member - Palm Beach, Florida, 2004-present
  • Board Member – March Of Dimes, Seattle Advocacy, 2012-present 

Honors and Awards

  • Keynote speaker for Annual Conference: Journey of becoming a nurse: With a disability in the United States. Association for Higher Education Access and Disability. University College of Dublin, Ireland.
  • WSU Spokane Campus Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, 2011
  • Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award - Cherokee Uniforms -National Grand Prize RN 2004 


Fleming, S. (2011). Grand multipare’s experiences of birthing in U.S. hospitals: A Heideggerian hermeneutic study (Doctoral Dissertation). 

Selected Publications

Fleming, S., Donovan-Batson, C., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Hollins Martin, C.J., Martin, C. R. (in press). Birth Satisfaction Scale/Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS/BSS-R): A large scale United States Planned Home Birth and Birth Centre Survey. Midwifery. 41: 9-15.

Fleming, S., Healy, M., Severtsen, B., & Donovan, C. (in press). Washington State Childbearing Women's Experiences of Planned Home Births: A Heideggerian Phenomenological Investigation. Journal of Perinatal Education.

Fleming, S., Vandermause, R., Shaw, M., & Severtsen, B. (in press). Grand Multiparous Mothers' Embodied Experiences of Natural and Technological Altered Births. The Journal of Perinatal Education.

Shaw, M.R., Lederhos, C., Haberman, M., Howell, D., Fleming, S. & Roll, J. (2016). Nurses' perceptions of caring for pregnant and parenting women who misuse opioids. Maternal Child Nursing. 41(1) pg 47-52. doi:10.1097/NMC.0000000000000208

Fleming, S., Healy, M., Severtsen, B., & Donovan, C. (2015). Washington State Childbearing Women’s Experiences of Planned Home Births: A Phenomenological Investigation. 60th Annual Meeting & Exhibition American College of Nurse Midwives National Harbor, MD; Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 60(5) pg. 639. DOI: 10.1111/jmwh.12383_6

Barbosa-Leiker, C., Fleming, S; Hollins-Martin, C., & Martin, C. (2015).  Psychometric properties of the birth satisfaction scale-revised (BSS-R) for US mothers. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 33(5) pg 504-511. DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2015.1024211.

Matt, S., Fleming, S. & Maheady, D., (2015).  Creating disability inclusive work environments for nursing students and aging nursing workforce. Journal of Nursing Administration.

Fleming, S., Vandermause, R., & Shaw, M. (2014). First-time mothers preparing for birthing in an electronic world: Internet & mobile technology. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 240 – 253. DOI:10.1080/02646838.2014.886104

Shaw, M.R., Grant, T., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Fleming, S., Henley, S., & Graham, C. (2014). Intervention with Substance-Abusing Mothers: Are there Rural-Urban Differences? The American Journal on Addictions. DOI: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2014.12155.x

Fleming, S., Boyd, A., Ballejos, M., Kynast-Gales, S., Malemute, C., Armstrong Shultz, J., & Vandermause, R. (2013). Goal setting with type 2 diabetes: A hermeneutic analysis of the experiences of diabetes educators. The Diabetes Educator. 39(6). 811-819. DOI: 10.1177/0145721713504471.

Dupler, A., Allen, C., Allen, M, Maheady, D., Fleming, S & Allen, M. (2012). Leveling the playing field for nursing students with disabilities:  Implications of the Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Journal of Nursing Education 51(3) 140-4. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20120127-05.

Fleming S. & Vandermause R. (2011). Grand Multiapare’s evolving experiences of birthing and technology in U.S. hospitals. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 40(6) 742-752. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01304.x

Vandermause R. & Fleming S. (2011). The philosophical hermeneutic interview. International Journal of Qualitative Methodology. 10(4) 367-377.

Fleming, S., Smart, D., & Eide P. (2011).  Grand multiparous women’s perceptions of birthing, nursing care and childbirth technology.  The Journal of Perinatal Education. 20(2),108–117, doi:10.1891/10581243.20.2.108

Fleming, S. & Corbett, C. (2010).  Promoting stringent glycemic control before and during pregnancy: Evidence and theory based strategies.  AWHONN Nursing for Women’s Health 14(4) 282-288. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-486X.2010.01558.x

Fleming, S., Reynolds, J. & Wallace, B. (2009). Lights, camera, action: A faculty guide in creating DVD/Videos. Nurse Educator 34(3) 118-121.

Fleming, S. & Adamson, K. (2009). Postpartum-clinical simulation exercise. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 5(1) 27-34.

Fleming, S., & Hudsinki, D.  (2008). Book Review: The nurse, the math, the meds: drug calculation using dimensional analysis, by Joyce Mulholland. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 4(2) 33.

Fleming, S.E. (2007). The gift of being visionary: A message of hope to parents of newborns with disabilities. Journal of Christian Nursing.  Summer 2007.

Maheady, D. & Fleming, S. (2005). Homework for future nursing students with disabilities. Minority Nurse. Spring, 60-64.

Maheady, D. & Fleming, S. (2005). Nursing with the hand you're given: examining core performance standards in admission of nursing students with disabilities. Minority Nurse. Summer, 50-54.

Fleming, S.E (2005).  Health for Hispanics: They call me: Susanna. AWHONN Lifelines (9)3,196-197.

Fleming, S.E. & Maheady, D. (2004). Empowering persons with disabilities: How nurses are changing perceptions at AWHONN Lifelines (8)6, 534-537.