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Dr. Eileen Sarsfield, PHCNS, BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Contact Information

Caruthers Hall 2021
(703) 284-5734

Academic Credentials

B.S.N., Georgetown University
M.S.N., Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Other study/credentials: Certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Teaching Areas:
  • Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Health Promotion/Health Across the Lifespan
Research Interests:
  • Differences between novices and experts in public health nursing
  • Problem solving
  • Health literacy
  • Role perceptions of graduate-level clinical nurse preceptors
Dr. Eileen Sarsfield has experience in community/public health nursing, undergraduate and graduate nursing education, home health care, consulting, grant writing, and association management.

As the program manager for four federally funded grants to educate advanced practice nurses in community/public health nursing, Dr. Sarsfield was responsible for program oversight, teaching, student advising, recruitment, curriculum and report development and evaluation. As part of a collaborative team, she wrote three federally funded training grants to encourage nurses to pursue graduate studies in community/public nursing.

She was awarded the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Small Research Grant in 2009 and has presented nationally on topics including problem solving in public health nursing, ethics, communication, and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Sarsfield is a member of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Public Health Association.