Eileen Sarsfield

Eileen Sarsfield (no photo)


Academic Credentials

B.S.N., Georgetown University
M.S.N., Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Other study/credentials: Board Certified as an Advanced Public Health Nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center


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.

Other Information

  • Association of Community Health Nurse Educators
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • American Public Health Association.

Teaching Area

  • 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



Donley, R., Flaherty, M.J., Sarsfield, E., Burkhard, A., O’Brien, S., & Anderson, K. (2014). 
Graduate clinical nurse preceptors:  Implications for improved intro-professional collaboration. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Manuscript accepted for publication March 2014.
Sarsfield, E. (2013).  Differences between novices’ and experts’ solving ill-structured problems. Public Health Nursing. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/phn.12100.


Phone: 703-284-5734

Email: Eileen.Sarsfield@marymount.edu