Dr. Susan Renz is a PhD student in Nursing. She received her BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from New York University. She has devoted her career to promoting evidence-based and resident-centered practice in nursing homes. Her dissertation will examine communication patterns among advanced practice nurses in long-term care and the effect on patient decision-making and unplanned hospital transfers. In addition to her studies, Dr. Renz serves as an associate program director and educator for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program and the clinical site coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania.