Sandra has been a nurse for more than 30 years, both as a clinician, an educator and a researcher. Her PhD was completed under the supervision of Professor Mike Ardagh and was focussed on understanding Emergency Department overcrowding. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury University teaching on the graduate entry to nursing Master of Health Science papers and post graduate bioethics while continuing to work two days a week in Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department as New Zealand’s only autonomous emergency nursing Nurse Researcher.
Her areas of research relate to violence and aggression in the health setting and its impact on staff, nursing responses to disaster situations, cultural safety, advanced nursing practice, family nursing and ensuring that the nursing voice is heard. Current interests include the advocacy of professional role and recognition of nursing, the importance of well-being, compassion and recognition of health professional stress. In addition, she is an advocate for safe nursing workplace conditions, and the need to ensure political recognition of the constraints facing nurses. She is currently undertaking a mixed methods research project looking at the impact of the March 15th mass shooting in Canterbury on first responders and health workers in the ED.