Alumni Profiles

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Missy Belotti, Class of 1980

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  • Manager of Departmental Systems, Information Technology at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany NY
  • B.S. in Nursing

I very much enjoyed the holistic approach to nursing and patient care: mind, spirit and body. As an undergraduate at SUNY Plattsburgh my most exciting (and challenging) class was Anatomy & Physiology. Even after 26 years of clinical nursing I remain fascinated by the complexity, resiliency and efficiency of the human body. I also found the faculty very committed to our success as students, affording ample opportunities for additional help and support in a rigorous program.

Skills I Learned Here Have Been Useful Throughout My Career

Many of the skills used to develop a plan of care for a patient can be directly applied to the Project Management and System Implementation world. The informatics field also makes good use of all the communication and human dynamic skills I fine-tuned as an Emergency Nurse for 26 years. Technology is only as good as the people who use it. Every day I apply the skills of observation, active listening and understanding key motivators. The ED honed my ability to function as a team member – since it often required a well-practiced, highly functionally group effort to meet the demands of a busy department and provide the best outcomes for our patients. I also really enjoy working with people.

I view my long career in nursing, the thousands of patients I have cared for and the colleagues I’ve have learned from as both a privilege and a gift. Plattsburgh’s nursing program set the stage and laid the foundation for a lifetime of invaluable experiences and treasured relationships. If I had it all to do over… I wouldn’t change a thing.

Lisa Sussdorff, Class of 2000

  • B.S. in Nursing
  • Per Diem Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, Vermont

Lisa Sussdorff is from Port Kent and graduated from Plattsburgh State with a B.S. in Nursing. She works as a per diem nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Fletcher Allen Hospital, which is in Burlington, Vermont. She also spent an exciting year in southern California as a traveling nurse before returning home to pursue her Nurse Practitioner Master's from SUNY Stony Brook's School of Nursing.

Guidance and Support Helped Me Get Where I Wanted to Go

This program is a great basis for getting the education and clinical experience you need to become a nurse practitioner. You need to have a B.S.N. to for that and this is definitely the place to start. The professors gave me good guidance and I still have contact with them. They encouraged my to branch out and try new areas.

Zoanne Schnell, one of my professors, has been a friend and supporter through college and beyond. She arranged my independent study, which seemed impossible at first, but I started working in my specialty right after graduating thanks to that individual study course. She also helped me with graduate school by writing recommendation letters for me and giving me advice about applying.

You'll Never Be Bored Here

Although Plattsburgh State is in a rural area, I was never bored. There are tons going on and plenty of activities. I was on the track team, which was a lot of fun and you don't need to be a pro runner to join the team and have a good time.

Lisa's Advice for Nursing Students - Don't Give Up!

The nursing program takes dedication and is probably the hardest on campus. Many students feel frustrated at some point in the program. I did too, but once I got into clinical practice, everything clicked. And the rewards as a nurse are great - I love being a nurse!


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. JoAnn Gleeson-Kreig, Chairperson
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Office: Hawkins Hall 209B
Phone: (518) 564-3124
Fax: (518) 564-3100

SUNY Plattsburgh
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Hawkins Hall
Plattsburgh, NY 12901