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Lisa Ruth-Sahd, D.Ed., R.N., C.C.R.N., C.E.N.


  • BS, York College of PA (1983)
  • MSN, Villanova University (1988)
  • DEd, Penn State University (2004)


  • Registered Nurse
  • Certified in emergency nursing
  • Certified in critical care nursing


  • Basic Principles in Nursing Practice
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (MS in Nursing)

Research Interests

  • Healthy work environments
  • Intuitive knowing
  • Holistic nursing care
  • Women as learners
  • Educational teaching strategies in the classroom and clinical setting


  • Excellence in Nursing Mentorship from Eta Eta Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International, 2014
  • Adult Education Graduate Student Research Award, AERC-CASAE, 2004
  • Excellence in Nursing Research Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Chi Chapter, 2003
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Adult Education, Penn State University, 2002
  • Nightingale Award Winner of Pennsylvania for Nursing Education, 1999

Recent Publications

  • Smith, C. A. & Ruth-Sahd, L.A., (2015). Reducing the incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting begins with risk screening: An evaluation of the evidence. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.
  • Boyle, M., Ruth-Sahd, L.A., & Zhou, Z. (2015). Fecal microbiota transplantation in the management of resistant clostridium difficile infections. Critical Care Nurse.
  • Ruth-Sahd, L.A., & Schneider, M. A. (2014). Faculty and student perceptions toward attendance policies in baccalaureate nursing programs. Nursing Education Perspectives.
  • Ruth-Sahd, L.A. (2014). What lies within: Phenomenology and intuitive self-knowledge. Creative Nursing.
  • Dillman, J., Mancas, B., Jacoby, M., & Ruth-Sahd, L.A. (2014). A review of the literature: Differences in outcomes for uninsured versus insured critically ill patients. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.

Recent Presentations

  • Promoting an awareness of optimal patient outcomes through interprofessional collaboration in a nursing externship program. American Nurse Association Quality Conference - On the Front Line of Quality: The Future of Health Care, Orlando, FL, 2015.
  • Successful treatment with fecal microbiota transplant in the management of recurrent clostridium difficile infections. The 19th challenges in Critical Care conference, Hershey, PA, 2014.
  • Seeking tenure while working in academia: A phenomenological study. Sigma Theta Tau International Conference Indianapolis, Indiana, 2013.
  • Student attendance, attitudes and beliefs. Sigma Theta Tau, Annual Nursing Research Conference, York PA, 2012.
  • Use of student dyads to enhance clinical performance and improve patient outcomes, Sigma Theta Tau Annual Research Conference, York, PA, 2011.


  • Member, advisory board, Lancaster General College RN to BSN Program, 2010-present
  • Member, Parish Nurse Team, St. Leo Catholic Church, Lancaster, PA
  • Board member, Penn Manor High School Football Booster Club, Millersville, PA, 2010-2013


  • Wrote and received Great-to-Greater grant (with Dr. Melissa Schneider) to provide a continuing education program on gerontological nursing in 2015.
  • Preceptor for eight nursing education graduate students, 2008-present
  • Reviewer, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing journal, 2004-present
  • Developed and implemented nurse extern program, Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA, 2000-present
  • Expert witness, several law firms, 1999-present
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