UT Tyler


Sandra Petersen, DNP, APRN, FNP/GNP-BC, PMHNP

Sandra Petersen, DNP, APRN, FNP/GNP-BC, PMHNP

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Nursing
Building: BRB 1130
Email: spetersen@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.566.7024


  • BAS in Business/Biology/Chemistry, East Texas Baptist College, Marshall Texas
  • BSN from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA
  • MSN from UT Tyler, Tyler, TX
  • DNP from Rush College of Nursing, Chicago, IL
  • Post Master's Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate – UTMB Galveston, TX
  • Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate – Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
  • Post Master's Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
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Courses Taught

  • NURS 5352 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS 5222 Advanced Diagnostics
  • NURS 5364, NURS 5351 Primary Care I
  • NURS 5366, NURS 5353 Primary Care 2
  • NURS 5354 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS 5660 Primary Care Practicum
  • NURS 5334 Professional Scholarship
  • NURS 5356 Health Promotion

Academic Awards

  • Excellence in Nursing Practice (Spring 2014), Sigma Theta Tau, UT Tyler Chapter Tyler, Tx

Research Interests

  • Geriatrics
  • Pain Management
  • Dementia
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Robotic Pet Therapy
  • Nursing Intuition
  • Nursing Leadership

Recent Publications

Book: Rhoads, J. & Petersen, S. (2012). Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, 2nd Ed. Jones & Bartlett: Sudbury, MA (Editor/Peer Review)

Author: “The DNP as Transformational Leader and Systems Thinker” in The Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2nd Ed. (Spring, 2012, Jones and Bartlett). (Peer Reviewed)

Author: Critical thinking in nursing. Medical Surgical Nursing. Accepted for publication for issue March, 2013. (Peer Review)

Author: A Power in Clnical Nursing Practice: Concept Analysis of Nursing Intuition.) Accepted for publication for issue June, 2014 Medical Surgical Journal of Nursing) - (Peer Review)

Co-Author: Pain Management in the Last Days of Life for Asians Living in Texas (Submitted for publication to International Journal of Palliative Nursing June, 2014)

Teaching Philosophy

I believe teaching encompasses a lifelong learning process of learning about new philosophies and new strategies, learning from the patients and the community, learning from colleagues, and especially learning from the students. Teaching is very much a “giving back” of oneself to help others grow in their careers and, in turn, help others; students have taught me to open my mind and my heart to embrace the diversity of ideas in the world of healthcare.

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