Associate Professor of Nursing
Medical-Surgical Nursing, Leadership, Assessment
Professional nursing has been a goal for Dr. Sarah D. Jones since around age 13. She is a first generation college graduate and the first Registered Nurse in her family. In addition to being a nurse educator, Dr. Jones has nursing experience in hospital administration, emergency department, same-day surgery, endoscopy, pain management, and telemetry/step-down care. Dr. Jones began her career in 1992 seeing herself as an RN who happened to be a Christian but then learned that she is, more importantly, a Christian who happens to be an RN. By demonstrating hope, faith and compassionate informed care, she aims to positively affect patients, families, the profession, and society. Since joining the Messiah community in 2014, Dr. Jones feels honored to help Messiah’s nursing students understand the Christian nurse’s purpose and opportunities for service and reconciliation. Dr. Jones earned a BSN, MSN (Nursing Administration), and PhD in Administrative and Leadership Studies in the Nonprofit Sector from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Nurse Educator and her research interests include mentoring, self-efficacy for behavior change, testing success for nursing students, and academic success for post-secondary students, especially those of color. Dr. Jones and her husband Anthony enjoy movies, entertaining friends and family, walks, cooking, and traveling with their sons Anthony, Aaron, and Austin.