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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


  • NUR210/211Basic Principles in Nursing Practice
  • NUR240 Perioperative Nursing
  • NUR505 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

  • Ruth-Sahd, L.A., Hauck, C. & Sahd-Brown, K.E. (2018). Collaborating with hospital chaplains to meet the spiritual needs of critical care patients. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.
  • Ruth-Sahd, L.A., (2017). Growing specialty area exposure with an undergraduate perioperative nursing course. Nursing.
  • Clay-Robison, S., & Ruth-Sahd, L. A., (2017). Strategies to create and sustain a healthy work environment in nursing education. Creative Nursing.
  • Sahd, K. E., Ruth-Sahd, L.A., & Brazzo, K. (2017). Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. A Case Study: What Nurses Need to Know. Nursing.
  • Ruth-Sahd, L. A., (2017). Impact of a summer extern program on nursing student’s awareness of interprofessional collaboration and healthy, healing environments: A Level II Quasi-Experimental Design. Nursing Education and Practice.

Recent Presentations

  • Pediatric migraines, at Pharmacology Conference, Hershey, PA, April 2018, and at Nursing Conference, Hershey, PA, June 2018.
  • Compassion fatigue in nurse educators. 44th Biennial Convention, Sigma Theta Tau International Convention, 2017. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Why take a perioperative nursing course? (Poster) Collaborating with International Nursing Research Conference. Dallas, TX, June 2017.
  • Fecal microbiota transplant: The case of Dorothy. International Nursing Research Conference. Dallas Texas, June 2017.
  • Responding to diverse students: Best practice guidelines, National League for Nursing Education Summit Orlando, Florida, 2016.


  • Member, advisory board, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences RN to BSN Program, 2010-present
  • Member, Parish Nurse Team, St. Leo Catholic Church, Lancaster, PA


  • Wrote and received two Great-to-Greater grants with Dr. Melissa Schneider: one in 2015 to provide a continuing education program on gerontological nursing, and a second grant in 2018 to provide a continuing education program on trauma nursing.
  • Preceptor for eight nursing education graduate students, 2008-present
  • Reviewer, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing journal, 2004-present
  • Developed and implemented nurse extern program, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Lancaster, PA, 2000-present
  • Expert witness, several law firms, 1999-present
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