CALTCM Humanitarian Award

For Exceptional Leadership and Outstanding Humanitarian Contributions in Long Term Care

Susan Yeranyan, RN
Susan Yeranyan is a Registered Nurse who has over 25 years of experience in the field of Nursing. She began her career in Armenia, as a Biochemist with a degree from Yerevan State University and upon migrating to the United States, she pursued her passion for healthcare by starting a career in Ararat Nursing Facility (ANF) as a CNA. During her 28 years of employment at Ararat Nursing Facility, Susan has climbed the career ladder, became the Director of Clinical Services in 2007, and achieved the American Dream. Susan is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She was ANF’s Employee of the Year in 1996 and was recognized by International Nurses Association for her excellence in nursing and received CAHF’s Nurse of the Year in 2019. Under her leadership and active participation, Ararat Nursing Facility has consistently remained a 5-star facility, received the Bronze AHCA/NCAL Quality Award in 2017, and received the Silver AHCA/NCAL Quality Award in 2018.
Susan is a true nurse, at heart and in practice. She loves touching and changing people’s lives, being hands on, as well as leading and educating the next generation of nurses. She has led the nursing department of Ararat Nursing Facility through the Covid pandemic, remaining hands on in the Covid unit, leading by example, providing care, and maintaining a solid team of nurses that stayed on board during the most challenging times.
Since the availability of the Covid vaccine, Susan has personally administered over 1,000 first and second vaccine doses to our residents, staff, and community. She has also completed several interviews with media sources such as USA Today, Fox 11 news, and US Armenia to increase community awareness and acceptance of vaccines.