MS (Clinical Nurse Specialist/Education), Rush University, Chicago, IL
BSN, Harding University, Searcy, AR
CCRN, Certified Critical Care Nurse
Sara began teaching at Belmont as an adjunct instructor in 2006, and became a member of the full-time faculty in 2009. She teaches in both the laboratory and clinical settings in undergraduate Adult Health courses.
Sara’s practice experience is in the field of adult health, specifically in acute care settings. She began her career in the medical and cardiac intensive care units in Knoxville, TN, before moving to Nashville and working at St. Thomas hospital. There, she worked both in the Emergency Department and the Cardiac Catheterization lab. After several years in Nashville, she relocated to Chicago where she worked at Rush St. Luke’s Presbyterian Medical Center in the medical intensive care unit. It was while working here that she obtained her masters in nursing at Rush University.
Prior to that, she was certified in critical care nursing. She moved home to Nashville in 1995 and worked part time at St. Thomas in an outpatient unit with patients undergoing cardiac catheterization on an outpatient basis. She remained there until she began teaching at Belmont.
A personal note from Sara. . . . .
I was certain of my calling to be a nurse from my early teen years. I knew God had gifted me with compassion for others, and I felt nursing was the way I could serve Him through service to others. I also dreamed of being a medical missionary as a nurse – a dream which I’ve been able to fulfill many times over on short term mission trips to Panama, Nicaragua and Haiti. Being able to provide medical care to “the least of these” in impoverished areas opens the door for me to show the love and compassion that I’ve received from God, the Great Comforter and Healer. The medical care is only temporary, but the love and grace of God will be an eternal blessing. It thrills me to be a small part of His care for His people everywhere.
After being a nurse for ten years or so, I felt a growing passion to be able to teach one day. Now, being with students daily is one of my favorite things to do! Especially with new innovations like simulation, we at Belmont are able to use all our creative abilities in our teaching.
When I am not teaching nursing, I enjoy my two boys, Will and Nathan. I also love to hike, read, travel and be wherever there is water, like the ocean or the lake.
The profession of nursing has blessed my life more than I will ever be able to give. I’m so grateful to be part of the community that is the Belmont School of Nursing!