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Sarah Oerther, Ph.D., M.Ed, RN, ANEF

Assistant Professor

Courses Taught

Nursing Immersion Practicum, Public Health Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Complex Care, Interprofessional Collaboration and Healthcare in Global Context


  • B.S.N., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • M.S.N., Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio   
  • M.Ed., Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • PhD, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Currently pursuing a Family Nurse Practitioner, Post-Master's Certificate, Saint Louis University

Research Interests

Dr. Oerther is a nurse researcher committed to strengthening positive parenting relationships and children’s health, particularly among families living in rural communities. Her clinical expertise spans advanced hospital critical care, substance abuse prevention and disaster medicine in the community. As an engagement scholar, Dr. Oerther has translated research to influence policy through OpEds in The Missouri Times, The Hill, and the Huff Post as well as co-authoring multiple policy statements published by the American Academy of Nursing. Her peer-reviewed publications in the scholarship of teaching and learning highlight nurses leading interprofessional education in the community to improve healthcare globally.

Publications and Media Placements

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Honors and Awards

  • Academy of Nursing Education Fellow, National League for Nursing (NLN) (2020)
  • Joan Hrubetz Doctoral Student Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Lambda Chapter (2020)
  • STL Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award in Women’s Health (2019)
  • Rising Star in Nursing Award, Modern Healthcare Magazine (2018)
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit Honor Society (2017)
  • Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health (2017)
  • American Academy of Nursing Jonas Health Policy Scholar Award (2017-2019)
  • Next Generation Leader Award from Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce (2010)
  • Outstanding Woman of the Year from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (2010)
  • Magis Award for exceptional teaching from Xavier University (2008)
  • Michelle LaMendola Award for scholastic achievement, excellence in nursing practice, and leadership ability from the University of Cincinnati (2004)

Professional Organizations and Associations

Dr. Oerther is an associate editor for the peer-reviewed journal Nurse Education in Practice (impact factor 3.43). She is Board Vice President of Advocacy for the Missouri Nurses Association and serves on the finance committee for the Phi Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Oerther was appointed by Governor Mike Parson and confirmed by the Missouri Senate as the only nurse-representative to the Missouri Health Net Oversight Committee.

Examples of Dr. Oerther's past leadership experience include: Chairing the Phelps County Extension Council, serving as an associate editor for the journal, Nursing Open, Chairing the Jonas Philanthropies Alumni Council, serving as an Emerging Scholars Network and Board Member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and serving as a Section Counselor for the Public Health Nurse Section of the American Public Health Association.

Additionally, she is a member of: 

  • American Nurses Association (2016-current)
  • American Public Health Association (2017-current)
  • Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners (2021-current)
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (2017-current)
  • Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (2005-current)
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society (2015-current)
  • Missouri Nurses Association (2017-current)
  • National Academies of Practice (2022-current)
  • National League of Nursing (2018-current)
  • National Rural Health Association (2021-current)
  • Society for Prevention Research (2022-current)
  • International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) (2022-current)
  • International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) (2022-current)

Community Work and Service

  • MO-1 DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team)
  • Health Outreach, Policy, and Education (HOPE) Advisory Committee (MU Office of Extension and Engagement)