Penny Sauer: PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE,
Associate Professor

Penny SauerDr. Penny Sauer achieved her ADN degree in 1989 and she began working as a nurse in a critical care unit and taught portions of the critical care course curriculum and ACLS. In 2001, she moved to North Carolina to take a management position at UNC Hospitals. She obtained her BSN, her MSN in nurse education and her PhD from UNC Greensboro.

Sauer taught clinical courses at Wake Tech while completing her MSN and clinical rotations at Duke as she pursued her PhD. Her dissertation examined the mediating effects of resilience on nurses who are bullied at work. Her research interests focus on healthy nurse workplace environments, the nursing workforce and the transitions of new nurses. She has received research funding from the Gamma Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and from the N.C. Nurses Association of the Triangle region. In 2016, Sauer was named Nurse Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Nurses Association.


  • 2013, PhD, Nursing, University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • 2008, MSN, Nursing Education, University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • 2006, BSN, Nursing, University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • 1989, ADN, Scottsdale Community College

Research Interest(s)

  • Nurses work environment
  • Workplace violence
  • Civility
  • Nursing workforce
  • Preparing students for the nursing workforce

Community Engagement

  • North Carolina Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • Association of Critical Care nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International

View Penny Sauer's Curriculum Vitae