Saundra R. Farmer

Associate Professor School of Nursing

Dr. Saundra Farmer, Associate Professor, is the Founding Chair of the BSN Program. She began at Emory & Henry College in August 2018.


Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - May 2015

Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - May 2009

King College, Bristol, Tennessee, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - May 2002

Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, Virginia,  Associate Degree of Science in Nursing (ADN) - May 1986 


My background in teaching is primarily in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  I have taught Nursing Informatics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

I became involved in Simulation during my doctoral program and enjoy working with students to develop skills in nursing practice.  


Farmer, S. & Wexler, T.M. (In press). Ferguson, L.A. & Lowrance, K. Eds. Foreword in Rural Health Nursing: Barriers and Benefits. Lancaster, PA: DEStech Publications Inc.

Dissertation project - “Impact of standardized patient simulation on nursing student anxiety levels during initial clinical encounters with psychiatric clients.


Dunnington, R.M. & Farmer, S.R. (2015).  “Caring Behaviors Among Student Nurses Participating in Scenario-Based High Fidelity Human Patient Simulation.”  International Journal for Human Caring, 19(4), pp. 44-49.

 Dunnington, R.M., Farmer, S., Hiles, T., Tackett, B., Moorman, K., and Wellman, K. (2014).  “Caring Behaviors of Nursing Students Interacting in High-Fidelity Human Patient Simulation Scenarios.”  Podium presentation at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning 13th Annual Conference, June 19-21, 2014, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Farmer, S. (2012).  “Suicide Assessment/Prevention in Medical Settings.”  Invited for podium presentation at the Louis Stokes Cleveland V.A. Medical Center’s 47th Annual Nursing Clinical Conference:  Kaleidoscope of Nursing Care.  Akron, Ohio.  May 3-4, 2012.

Farmer, S. (2012).  “Promoting Therapeutic Communication Strategies through Innovative Role-Play:  A Pedagogical Approach to Psychiatric Nursing Education.”  Accepted for poster presentation at the Elsevier/Mosby’s Faculty Development Institute – Contemporary Forums.  Las Vega, Nevada.  January 2-4, 2012.

Farmer S. (2010).  “Advocating for Culturally Competent Care for the Mentally Ill Deaf Client.” Accepted for podium presentation at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 24th Annual Conference.  Louisville, Kentucky.   October 13-16, 2010.  Co-presented with Dr. Cora C. Munoz and Professor Sharon S. Parker.

Professional Experience

I have had the pleasure of being a nurse educator since 2009 at Capital University (Ohio), Carson-Newman University (TN) and now at Emory & Henry College. I have an extensive professional career in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and this is a TRUE passion for me. I have work with severely mentally ill clients, substance abuse/ chemically dependent, homeless dual diagnosis, criminal justice team, and deaf population. My early nursing career led me to working on cardiac telemetry units and being part of the Code Blue teams and Cardiac transplant teams.

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