Sarah Valentine-Maher, M.S.N., B.S.N., F.N.P., R.N.

instructor, the division of Nursing

Healthcare Education Center


  • M.S., Columbia University School of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, New York, N.Y.
  • B.S., Nursing, Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, N.Y.
  • B.S., Biology, St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y. Double Major: Biology and Government, Minor: African Studies 

Courses taught

  • Nu101 Introduction to Nursing
  • Nu150 Nursing Fundamentals
  • Nu360 Nursing of Families, Groups and Communities
  • Nu200 Psychiatric Nursing (Clinical Section)

academic Research/interests

Constructivist and concept based pedagogy in community health nursing
Pedagogical strategies for Doctor of Nursing Practice skill acquisition in health policy
Eros and Agape in nursing role development
Nursing role in affecting determinants of health
Nursing engagement with environment
Nursing and lay health workers (Promatoras de Salud)
Curriculum Development

areas of expertise

Public Health
Nursing Role Development

Why I teach

I am inspired by the motivations of nursing students and am honored to support students in processes of growth and empowerment as they move into the roles of providers of care and change agents for individuals and communities.

Favorite Book

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Favorite film

La Double Vie de Veronique

Best part of being at SVC

I value being part of a community with a shared ethos of prioritizing support of student development.


November 2012 - Presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Baccalaureate Education Conference, San Antonio, TX.