I am a Assistant Professor and Director of the PreLicensure undergraduate BSN program. Prior to joining the College of Nursing in 2020 I worked in the Pediatric Emergency Department at UNM Hospital for over 20 years. During my 30 +yrs. as a nurse I have had many interests and areas of practice include SANE nursing, case management and emergency preparedness. I have presented locally and nationally and internationally on a variety of subjects including emergency preparedness, emergency pediatrics and rural pediatric care. My Doctoral quality improvement project looked at increasing nursing confidence to care for pediatric patients in rural communities with the utilization of telehealth. Aside from teaching my passions include pediatric patient safety and I have been a child passenger safety technician for 10 years. I continue to work with New Mexico EMSC Childready program providing education and support to nurses throughout the state to improve pediatric care.

Personal Statement

I have worked extensively in pediatrics and pediatric injury prevention, I am passionate about injury prevention and have volunteered and maintained my child passenger safety technician for over 10 years. In the Pediatric Emergency department I saw so many preventable injuries and I have made it a personal goal to impact injury prevention in New Mexico

Areas of Specialty

Community Health | Disaster Preparedness/Management | Emergency Care | Forensic Nursing | Pediatrics | Rural Health | Trauma


DNP, Grand Canyon University, 2018 (Nursing)
MSN, Eastern New Mexico University, 2015 (Nursing Education)
BSN, University of Phoenix, 2013 (Nursing)
Diploma, Normanby College of Nursing, 1990 (Nursing)


RN: Registered Nurse
CPEN®: Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse
TCRN: Trauma Certified Registered Nurse
CNEcl: Certified Nurse Educator Clinical

Achievements & Awards

National Healthcare Leadership Council award 2020.
Emergency Medical Services for Children Fellow- Trauma Domain 2023
New Mexico Nursing Excellence-Education/Academia-2023

Key Publications

Book Chapter
Daykin, Sara, Interpersonal Violence




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