Sarah McDonald

Sarah McDonald RSCN, Ba(Hons), PgCert, PgDip, RNT



I joined the Children's Nursing team at Sheffield Hallam in 2014. My background as a Children's nurse and clinical educator lead me to persue a career in nurse education and I am passionate to supporting and nurturing our nurses of the future.


I started my training here at Hallam in 1992 and am proud to be an alumni. I gained my degree and RSCN in 1995 and started my career in paediatric general medicine at Rotherham District General Hospital. I then took further posts in orthopaedics and plastics and post-anaesthetic care as a staff nurse at Sheffield Children's Hospital. I then became the nurse manager of outpatients theatre at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital before returning to Sheffield Children's Hospital and eventually took the post of clinical nurse educator. I have had an exciting and varied career, but have always enjoyed the teaching and supporting roles I have had. 

Since starting at Hallam in 2014, I have taken on many roles such as academic advisor, module leadership, employability lead for child, professional issues investigator and Lead link Lecturer. I am also active within the recruitment team here at Hallam and enjoy being part of the college at open days, interviewing and clearing events. I am currently in the final dissertation year of my Masters in Health and Social Care Education and intend to have completed this in 2020.


I am currently teach into a number of modules in the undergraduate programme and occasionally into the MSc programme for nursing, however my teaching expertise is usually within teaching practical nursing skills, simulation and fundamental nursing care. I like to take new approaches to my teaching and enjoy using some of the technology available here at Hallam to keep the students engaged.


Currently I am embarking on my own dissertation. I am hoping to look at the delivery of practical skills in the classroom and the transition of these skills in practice.


I have recently had a chapter published in Fundamentals of Children's Applied Pathophysiology - An Essential Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students. Elizabeth Gormley - Fleming and Ian Peate (2019) I also have written for Clinical and have also reviewed work for this

Other activities

I coordinate the team to visit schools and nurseries to teach children about nursing and the skills needed to be a nurse.

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