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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Carolyn Sue-Ling, PhD, RN, MPA

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Professional Nursing Practice
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-576-6278
Office: College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 523
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States 
carolyn sue-ling


Dr. Sue-Ling received a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, MSN-Nurse Educator and MPA from Brenau University, and BSN from North Carolina Agricultural Technical University. 


Dr. Sue-Ling has taught undergraduate and graduate programs including health assessment, ethics, pediatrics, leadership and management, informatics, Nursing profession, and gerontological nursing. She also enjoys lecturing and simulating test-taking strategies to students which reinforce their critical thinking and improve self-seeking outcomes.


Dr. Sue-Ling’s area of research is focused on addressing early heart failure readmission and associated risk factors among older African-American and Caucasian women. Her research incorporated outreach programs and presentations at health preventive forums involving underserved populations within the urban community. This research focused on a derived model that identified relationships between certain risk factors and early heart failure readmission. Recently, extra-curricular undertakings included an active role in a local Medical Alliance organization which involves improving health outcomes at the local level.


Dissemination activities have included presentations at the regional, national and international levels, including Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association, ACCN Diversity, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Society, Science of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and Network Education (NET’s).

Professional Service

 Dr. Sue-Ling serves as a peer reviewer for multiple journals including: 
·      International Journal of Nursing Studies Advances
·      International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
·      Health Care
She serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Modern Nursing
Dr. Sue-Ling is an active member of various organizations including:
·      American Heart and Stroke Association
·      Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association
·      Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing
·      Society of Nutrition 

Professional Practice

Dr. Sue-Ling has clinical experience in Cardiology, Medical-Surgical, Gerontology, Newborn, Neonatal ICU, PICU, and Pediatrics nursing.

Research Studies (selected)

2012 – 2013 Georgia Campaign for Pregnancy Prevention (GCAPP) Program, 50,000.00. Role:  PI
2013 – 2015 Georgia Campaign for Pregnancy Prevention (GCAPP) Program, 75,000.00. Role:  SI


Sue-Ling, C., Jairath, N., (2022) “Predictors of Early Rehospitalizations in Older Adult Women Post Index Heart Failure Admission: A Literature Review and a Derivation Conceptual Model.” Published in the Heart and Lung Journal.

Sue-Ling, C., Abel, W., Sue-Ling, K., (2022) “Coenzyme Q10 as an Adjunctive Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review.” Published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Sue-Ling, C., Jairath, N., (2022) “Predicting 31 to 60-Day Heart Failure Rehospitalization Amongst Older Africa-American and Caucasian Women.” Published in the Research in Gerontological Nursing. 

Abel, W., Greer, D., Sue-Ling, C., Kirkland, T (2022) “Antihypertensive Medication Adherence and Persistence Among Black Women: A Qualitative Study.” Published in The Nursing Practitioner. DOI:10.1097/01.NPR.0000819620.71567.0e



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