Sarah Craig is a certified clinical nurse specialist and has been a single course faculty member, clinical instructor and graduate teaching assistant since 2010 at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She is employed with the University of Virginia Health System as a clinical nurse specialist in post-operative cardiovascular and thoracic surgery care.

Research Focus

Sarah’s research focus is 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. As a graduate student Sarah has also participated as a research assistant for tobacco cessation research with Dr. Janie Heath and digitization of archival collections with 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 clinical instruction in acute care for undergraduate nursing students and graduate clinical nurse specialist students, APRN roles 1 and 2 for graduate nursing students, and health assessment laboratory for undergraduate nursing students. 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.


  • Clinical Practice Committee Chair, University of Virginia Health System, Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO), (Jaunary 2013-present)
  • 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

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.

Book Sections

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.