Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Sarah Oerther, MSN, MEd, RN, CSPI

Saint Louis University
PhD Student

I am enrolled as a PhD student at the School of Nursing, Saint Louis University. My dissertation research will focus on health promoting and parenting practices of immigrant Muslim women. I anticipate that I will employ phenomenology and Bourdieu’s understanding of cultural practices. I earned my BSN from the University of Cincinnati (2004) and two Master’s degrees (nursing and education) from Xavier University (2008). Previously, I was a Senior Specialist for Poison Control at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I am a certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI), certified in terrorism response, and have been trained in drug abuse prevention and occupational health. As an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Xavier University (2008-2009), I designed and offered an elective nursing course preparing nursing students to develop successful international community development projects. This class combined an educational mission (training students) with long-term sustainable community development. During this course, Xavier students traveled to Tanzania to teach malaria prevention through workshops to women; performed WHO anthropometric measurements to assess nutritional status of the village children; and evaluated educational information for a Sanitation Workshop. On a national level, I was elected to the Specialist in Poison Information (SPI) Committee for the American Association of Poison Control Centers and I served on the Green Cincinnati Plan Food Task Team to improve nutrition in the greater Cincinnati area. I have published 5 articles in nursing journals since 2007. In 2010, I received the Dorine Seaquist Outstanding Woman of the Year award from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.