Sarah Craig is a certified clinical nurse specialist and has been a faculty member since 2014 at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Previously she supported the school as a clinical instructor and graduate teaching assistant, and worked at the University of Virginia Health System as a clinical nurse specialist in post-operative cardiovascular and thoracic surgery care.


  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACCNS-AG)

Research Focus

Sarah's research focus is the scholarship of teaching and learning. She examines how simulation enhances student knowledge, skills, and attitudes in preparation for clinical practice. Sarah participates in historical inquiry into the history of nursing image, practice, and professionalization. Sarah uses a social history framework to inquire into the work and care provided by industrial nurses in southern textile mill towns in the United States in the early twentieth century. She is an associate at the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry.

Clinical Focus

Sarah’s 8.5 years of clinical practice focus include bedside practice in both medical and cardiothoracic surgery intensive care units and work as an advance practice nurse in step-down and acute care for cardiothoracic surgery patients.

Teaching Focus

Sarah’s teaching experience includes course faculty for fundamentals, medical-surgical and complex care nursing, clinical instruction in acute care for pre-licensure nursing students and graduate clinical nurse specialist students, and nursing therapeutics and health assessment. Sarah is interested in professional development, acute and critical care with a strong emphasis on cardiology and respiratory systems. She aspires to contribute to the learning needs of our students at the University to prepare them for the complex and wonderful world of nursing.


  • Pre-conference committee chair, American Association of the History of Nurses (2018-present)
  • Clinical Practice Committee Chair, University of Virginia Health System, Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO), (January 2013-2015)
  • Central Clinical Practice Committee Vice Chair & Practice News Editor, University of Virginia Health System, Professional Nursing Organization (January 2012-December 2012)
  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) (2011-present)
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau (2010-present)
  • Member, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (2009-present)
  • Member, American Association of the History of Nurses (2007-present
  • Member, Virginia Nurses Association (2005-present)


Journal Articles

Heath, J., Butler, K., Anderson, J., Craig, S., Andrews, J., Barone, C. (2017). Relationships between Tobacco Cessation Interventions and Attributes of Individual and Organizational Excellence in Acute and Critical Care Nursing Practice. American Journal of Critical Care, 26, 53-61. doi:10.4037/ajcc2017373.

Floyd, S., Craig, S., Tullmann, D., & Topley, D. (2016). Evaluation of a Progressive Mobility Protocol in Post-Operative Cardiothoracic Surgical Patients. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 35(5), 277-282. doi:10.1097/DCC.0000000000000197.

Craig, S., Morton, S., & Nigro, J. (2013). Improving Care One SCIP at a Time: Overcoming Barriers to Postoperative Urinary Catheter Removal in Thoracic Surgery Patients with Epidurals. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 27(2), E32-E33.

Craig, S. (2009). Above average nursing care: The development of intensive care nursing at the University of Virginia Hospital 1954-1972. Windows in Time, 17(2), 6-11.

Craig, S. (2009). Above Average Nursing Care: The Development of Intensive Care Nursing at the University of Virginia Hospital 1954-1972. Windows in Time, 17(2), 6-11.

Book Sections

Craig, S. W., & Keeling, A. W. (2020). A brief history of the professionalization of nursing in the United States. In E. E. Friberg (Ed.), Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (7th ed.) (pp. 2-18). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, Inc

Craig, S. & Keeling, A. (2019). A brief history of professional nursing in the United States. In Friberg, E., & Creasia, J. (Eds.), Conceptual foundations in nursing: The bridge to professional practice (pp. 2-16). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier

Maxwell-Thompson, C., Craig, S., Riley, K. & Drake, E., (2015). Inspiring future faculty: Innovative clinical experiences to encourage faculty development in nursing students. In L. Caputi (Ed.), Innovations in nursing education: Building the future of nursing (pp. 117-121). New York: National League for Nursing.

Craig, S. (2014). Nursing in Schoolfield Mill Village: Cotton and Welfare. In J. Kirchgessner & A. Keeling (Eds.), Nursing rural America: Perspectives from the Early 20th Century (pp. 53-68). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company