AGPCNP-BC, MSN. Ed., RN, CWCN, CCCN, COCN
Suja Thomas is currently working as Nurse Administrator at Stratton VA Medical Center and as Patient Care Administrator at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, New York. She brings over 23 years of leadership experience in hospital administration & education and more than 30 years of practice as a registered professional nurse. She worked as a Nurse Executive at St. Peter’s Health Partners, responsible for various different departments (Women & Children, Medical Surgical, Hemodialysis, Cardio Pulmonary, Pharmacy, Radiology, Nursing Administration, Laboratory, Education, Wound Care, Dietary & Respiratory). She taught undergraduate nursing students for eight years at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE University), Manipal, Karnataka, India. Additionally, she has worked as an Adjunct Faculty at Maria College, Albany, NY. She also works as CWOCN consultant in Acute Care Hospital.
She is a Board Certified Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Suja has been a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Delta Pi chapter since 2020. In 2016, she was honored with the Robert Scholar Award for Clinical Excellence. She also received the Transformational Leadership Award in 2014 for a research study conducted with the goal of reducing rates of back injury for health care workers through minimal lift program.
She is currently serving as Treasurer and founding President of Indian American Nurses Association of Albany (IANA-A). On the national level, she also serves as Secretary of the National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA) and has held various positions in the past 6 years.
Suja graduated from Father Muller College of Nursing (Kankanady, Mangalore), with Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and from Russell Sage College (Troy, NY), receiving her Master’s in Nursing Education. She graduated as Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse from Minnesota Metropolitan University through WEB WOC Nursing Education Program. Currently she is pursuing her Post-Master’s in Nursing in Adult Health Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Russell Sage College, Troy, NY.
Volunteering is her passion. She takes such responsibilities with utmost priority within any type of work and strives for the best quality and efficiency. As a community volunteer, she consistently goes above and beyond to reach out to whomever is in need and is willing to take on challenging roles with determination and confidence.