Saundra R. Farmer

Associate Professor School of Nursing

Hello! My name is Dr. Saundra Farmer and I am the Founding Chair and BSN Program Director. I began my position at Emory & Henry College in August 2018.

Education

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - May 2015

Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - May 2009

King College, Bristol, Tennessee, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - May 2002

Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, Virginia,  Associate Degree of Science in Nursing (ADN) - May 1986 

Teaching

My background in teaching is primarily in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  I have taught Nursing Informatics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

Courses taught at Emory & Henry College:

  • NURS 206 Global Issues in Healthcare
  • NURS 201/207 Cultural Concepts in Healthcare
  • NURS 404 Leadership & Management in Nursing
  • NURS 407 RN-BSN Capstone

I became involved in Simulation during my doctoral program and enjoy working with students to develop skills in nursing practice.  

Research

Farmer, S. & Wexler, T.M. (In press). Ferguson, L.A. & Lowrance, K. Eds. Foreword in Rural Health Nursing: Barriers and Benefits. Lancaster, PA: DEStech Publications Inc.

Dissertation project - “Impact of standardized patient simulation on nursing student anxiety levels during initial clinical encounters with psychiatric clients.

Scholarship:

Dunnington, R.M. & Farmer, S.R. (2015).  “Caring Behaviors Among Student Nurses Participating in Scenario-Based High Fidelity Human Patient Simulation.”  International Journal for Human Caring, 19(4), pp. 44-49.

 Dunnington, R.M., Farmer, S., Hiles, T., Tackett, B., Moorman, K., and Wellman, K. (2014).  “Caring Behaviors of Nursing Students Interacting in High-Fidelity Human Patient Simulation Scenarios.”  Podium presentation at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning 13th Annual Conference, June 19-21, 2014, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Farmer, S. (2012).  “Suicide Assessment/Prevention in Medical Settings.”  Invited for podium presentation at the Louis Stokes Cleveland V.A. Medical Center’s 47th Annual Nursing Clinical Conference:  Kaleidoscope of Nursing Care.  Akron, Ohio.  May 3-4, 2012.

Farmer, S. (2012).  “Promoting Therapeutic Communication Strategies through Innovative Role-Play:  A Pedagogical Approach to Psychiatric Nursing Education.”  Accepted for poster presentation at the Elsevier/Mosby’s Faculty Development Institute – Contemporary Forums.  Las Vega, Nevada.  January 2-4, 2012.

Farmer S. (2010).  “Advocating for Culturally Competent Care for the Mentally Ill Deaf Client.” Accepted for podium presentation at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 24th Annual Conference.  Louisville, Kentucky.   October 13-16, 2010.  Co-presented with Dr. Cora C. Munoz and Professor Sharon S. Parker.

Professional Experience

I have had the pleasure of being a nurse educator since 2009 at Capital University (Ohio), Carson-Newman University (TN) and now at Emory & Henry College. I have an extensive professional career in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and this is a TRUE passion for me. I have work with severely mentally ill clients, substance abuse/ chemically dependent, homeless dual diagnosis, criminal justice team, and deaf population. My early nursing career led me to working on cardiac telemetry units and being part of the Code Blue teams and Cardiac transplant teams.

  • Saundra Farmer

Contact Info

Office: School of Health Sciences, Room B218

Emory & Henry College
School of Health Sciences
565 Radio Hill Road
Marion, VA 24354

276-944-7241

Location:

Emory & Henry College Health Sciences Campus