Dr. Sue G. Thacker is a resident of Riner and has been a registered nurse since 1971. Thacker’s dedication to health care began with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Virginia in 1971, followed in 1983 by a Master of Science degree from Radford University. In 1996, she received her doctorate from American Holistic College of Nutrition in Birmingham, Alabama with an emphasis on holistic nutrition.
Thacker recently retired from serving in the associate degree nursing program at Wytheville Community College (WCC) for more than 30 years. Her teaching responsibilities as a professor of nursing included courses in fundamentals of nursing, maternal/newborn nursing, first aid and CPR, and critical thinking for nurses. Thacker also served as coordinator for the freshman nursing class and interim program head for the nursing program.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Thacker has co-authored a number of publications on infant care and maternal-child nursing. She has also consulted on the production of several health textbooks.
Thacker also finds time to lend her talents to her community, teaching first aid and CPR classes, judging the Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair, volunteering as an RN at the Free Clinic for the New River Valley and participating in activities at Auburn United Methodist Church.
Currently, Thacker works part time with the Radford University Clinical Simulation Lab. Her husband, Robert Thacker, is also recently retired and her son Rob resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife.