Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Photo of McPherson, Sara

Sara McPherson, PhD, RN, CNE

Director, UIC Nursing-Springfield Campus, Interim Director Peoria Campus

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/Her



One University Plaza, SAB 23, Springfield, IL 62703

Office Phone:



Dr. McPherson has been faculty in the Biobehavioral Nursing Science (BNS) department since 2016, Springfield campus.  Dr. McPherson has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  She has taught in a wide variety of courses and labs: foundations, medical-surgical, integrated practice, simulation lab, EBP courses, and DNP faculty mentor.

Dr. McPherson program of research and scholarship are centered on nursing education.  Her research focuses on preparing faculty, recruitment, and retention strategies.  Dr. McPherson is published for her work on nursing faculty preparation and needs.  She is an expert in the Delphi method.  Dr. McPherson has reviewed for several journals on nursing education and the Delphi method.  Dr. McPherson has presented her work at local and international conferences, most recently Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Congress in 2019.  She is a board member for Illinois League for Nursing.

Selected Publications

Vortman, B., McPherson, S., & Wendler, M. C. (2021). State of Science: A concept analysis on surgical smoke.  AORN, 113(1), 41-51.

McPherson, S. & Wendler, M.C. (2020). Safe clinical practice in pre-licensure nursing students: A concept analysis. Nursing Forum, 55, 513-522.  doi: 10.1111/nuf.12457

Tracy, S. & McPherson, S. (2020). Navigating COVID-19 through an Unfolding Case Study for undergraduate Nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education 59(8), 475-476. doi:10.3928/01484834-20200723-11. 

McPherson, S., & Candela, L. (2019). Delphi study: Understanding the preparation and support needed for undergraduate clinical faculty. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(10), 583-590. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20190923-05

VanSchyndel, J., Koontz, S., McPherson, S., Reese, C., Sarginson, D., Scoggins, L., Woods, R., & Wendler, M. C. (2019). Faculty support for a culture of scholarship of discovery: A literature review. Journal of Professional Nursing, 35, 480-490. doi:

Weaver, B., Knox, K., & McPherson, S. (2019). Perceptions of rural magnet® nurses comfort and confidence with EBP. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 50(11), 495-500. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20191015-05

McPherson, S. (2019). Part-time clinical nursing faculty needs: An integrated review. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(4), 201-206. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20190321-03

McPherson, S., Reese, C., & Wendler, C. (2018). Methodology update: Delphi studies. Nursing Research, 67(5), 404-410. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000297

Publications In Press

McPherson, S., Reese, C., VanSchyndel, J., & Wendler, M. C. (In Press). Scholarly requirements and support for nursing faculty development and career advancement: A nationwide delphi study.  Nurse Education Perspectives.

Vortman, R., & McPherson, S. (In Press). The state of the perioperative nursing specialty workforce: A concern for executive nurse leaders. Nurse Leader.

Sarginson, D. & McPherson, S. (In Press).  Nearpod: An innovative teaching strategy to engage students in pathophysiology/pharmacology.  Journal of Nursing Education.

Kilroy, S., Kent, D., VanderZwan, K., Jones, K., Hiller, A., Reese, C., Woroch, R., & McPherson, S. (In Press).  Development of a multisite nursing simulation work group focusing on INACSL standards. Journal of Nursing Education.  

Selected Presentations

McPherson, S. (2019). Delphi Study: Understanding the preparation and support needed for undergraduate clinical faculty. Sigma Theta Tau International Congress: Calgary, Canada.

Weaver, B., Knox, K., & McPherson, S. (2019). Perceptions of rural magnet® nurses comfort and confidence with EBP.  Memorial Medical Center, Sigma Theta Tau: Springfield, Illinois.

McPherson, S. (2016).  Understanding the preparation and support for undergraduate clinical faculty.  Memorial Medical Center Academic Partnership: Springfield, Illinois.