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Sarah O. Watts, PhD, RN


Sarah O. Watts, PhD, RN
Assistant Clinical Professor
3258 Nursing Building
(334) 844-5602

PhD, Mercer University, 2016
MSN, Samford University, 2012
BSN, Samford University, 2005



Emergency and Critical Care Nursing, Interprofessional Education, Policy and Politics in Health Care, Simulation

Teaching areas:

Critical Care, Simulation, Preceptorship, Evidence-Based Practice

Research Interests:

Learning Experiences of Undergraduate Nursing Students, Teaching Effectiveness


Dr. Watts received her BSN and MSN degrees from Samford University and her PhD in nursing degree from Mercer University.  In 2016, she was awarded the NLN/SNRS Dissertation Research Grant to fund her study of the lived experiences of undergraduate nursing students.  Recently, Dr. Watts was selected for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Research Fellowship.

Dr. Watts is a member of the Alabama State Nurses Association, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Golden Key International Honor Society, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Southern Nursing Research Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.  She serves on several committees and advisory boards within these organizations. 

Scholarly Work:

Watts, S. O. (2016). Learning Experiences of Prelicensure Nursing Students: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (Doctoral dissertation).

Watts, S. O. (2016). Leading Change: Educating Undergraduate Nursing Students on the Importance of Advocacy (Poster Presentation). Sigma Theta Tau International Region 8 Conference, Jackson, MS.

Watts, S. O. (2015). Extending the Invitation to Learn in Nursing Education (Poster Presentation). Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention, Orange Beach, AL.