Sue Hagedorn

Sue Hagedorn, PhD, RN, PNP, WHNP, FAANP

Dr. Susan Hagedorn’s nursing career has been dedicated to social justice as a nurse educator, nurse practitioner, philanthropist, filmmaker, and activist.  Dr. Hagedorn practiced child and emergency psychiatric nursing before becoming a nurse practitioner in 1982. She guided the establishment of the first comprehensive school-based health center in Massachusetts.  Sue taught nursing at Simmons College and the University of Colorado and established numerous pioneering faculty practices serving vulnerable populations.  Through these practices and her career as a nurse educator and nurse practitioner, nursing students were mentored in social justice-informed practice and research.  Dr. Hagedorn is active on the Board of the Center for Domestic Violence and started the first shelter-based health clinic in Colorado.

As a documentary filmmaker (, Dr. Hagedorn has produced more than 20 films focused on nursing and social justice. Her documentaries include films advocating for advanced practice nurses in Colorado and Florida, the life and career of Loretta Ford, a portrait of an 85-year-old island nurse, a multi-site description of forensic nursing, the story of nurse anesthetists in Colorado, a history of the University of Colorado College of Nursing, a 10-video innovative curriculum for the Nurse Family Partnership, and a feature documentary for PBS about a hate crime on Long Island (Deputized). She is currently working on a film about recently-deceased peace activist, Father Daniel Berrigan.

Dr. Hagedorn was active in movements of the 1960’s to present, including the anti-war, anti-imperialist, economic equity and women’s movements.