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Sarah Fincham

Sarah Fincham

Clinical Associate Professor (Career Track), Spokane 509-324-7415 SNRS 341 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Sarah Fincham is a clinical associate professor at Washington State University and family nurse practitioner. She completed a post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Rush University and completed a community-based quality improvement project titled Increasing Awareness and Improving Uptake of HPV Vaccine. She received a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in the family nurse practitioner (FNP) track at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Illinois Wesleyan University. She currently practices in the college student health setting and eating disorders settings and teaches in the FNP/DNP program at WSU. Her areas of special clinical interest include women’s health, adolescent health, immunization education, wellness promotion, and patient-provider communication.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Systems Leadership, Rush University, Chicago, IL
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in the Family Nurse Practitioner track, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, Houston, TX
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Research Interests

  • HPV Vaccine education and uptake
  • Immunization education
  • DNP student education
  • DNP project development
  • Communicable disease
  • Patient-provider communication-exploring what is most effective
  • Contraceptive Management
  • The role and contributions of the nurse practitioner in health care
  • Adolescent health
  • STD prevention and treatment
  • Public health

Methodological Strengths

Quality improvement work and evaluation

Funded Research

Washington State University Advanced Nursing Practice for Rural and Underserved in Eastern Washington (WSU-ANEW). PI: Purath, J. Co-I: Ward, L., Dotson, J., Odom-Maryon, T., Fincham, S.J…US Health & Human Services. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). (Dates: 1/2018-5/2019). Description of role: Created and delivered evidence-based preceptor training to 8 local clinics and evaluated the effectiveness of the training via participant survey (Community Health Association of Spokane [CHAS]) and Unify Community Health and one professional nurse practitioner group Nurse Practitioner Group of Spokane [NPGS], between 2/2018 -5/2019.

SBIRT Student Training. PI: Richardson, B.A. Co-I: Bray, B.S., Willson, M.N., Schwartz, C.R., Purath, J., Davis, A.D., DePriest, D.M., Fincham, S.J. Agency: HHS. Sub-agency: SAMHSA. (Dates: 8/2016 -5/2018). Description of role: Assisted with coordination of FNP-DNP NURS 513 student participation in SBIRT practicum training for grant.

Advanced Nursing Education Grant. (Dates: 8/2015-5/2016). PI: Fitzgerald, C. Co-I: Bray, B.S., Purath, J., Richardson, B., Ward, L., DePriest, D.M., Beary, J., Clauser, J., Stevens, K.V., Wilson, M.N., Woodard, L.J., Duvall, D., Mason, A.M., Rasmor, M.L., Odom-Maryon, T., Kobayashi, R., & Fincham, S. Agency: HRSA. Description: Assisted with development & delivery of an interprofessional program for an interprofessional group of students from nursing, medicine, nutrition & exercise physiology, social work, & pharmacy to learn how to manage patients with multiple chronic conditions, using technology & standardized patients.

Inpatient Nursing Time and Motion Training Videos. PI: Sarah Fincham. Co I: Kenn Daratha, Elizabeth Schenk, Ruth Bryant, Cami Jones. Agency: Providence Health and Services. Date received: December 2015. Description: Developed scripts and directed filming of training videos intended to be used to train observers for future time and motion nursing studies.

Areas of Expertise

  • College Student Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology


  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), member 2007-present
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), member 2020 – present
  • ARNPs United of Washington, member 2015-present
  • WA State HPV Task Force, member (spring 2017 – present).
  • Nurse Practitioner Group of Spokane (NPGS), member 2010-present

Honors & Awards

Graduate of WSU Provost Leadership Academy (PLA). April 2018. Description: Nominated by College of Nursing leaders. Implemented a program improvement project titled: Implementing Standardized Patients to Simulate a More Realistic Clinical Experience for DNP-Nurse Practitioner Students enrolled in NURS 562: A Pilot Project. October 2017 – December 2018.


Fincham, S. J., Eti, D., Thatcher, J., & Nguyen-Truong, C. Implementing Educational Scaffolding Methods to Facilitate Scholarly Writing. Status: Accepted on April 14, 2020 by Nurse Educator Teaching Tips segment, pending publication. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000871

Fincham, S. J., Smith, T., & Purath, J. Implementation of a Preceptor Training Program to Improve Precepting Skills. Status: accepted for publication by JAANP 8/12/2019. DOI: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000326

Schenk E., Schleyer R., Jones C. R., Fincham S., Daratha K. B., & Monsen K. (2017). Time motion analysis of nursing work in ICU, telemetry and medical-surgical units. Journal of Nursing Management, 25, 640-646. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12502

Schenk E., Schleyer R., Jones C. R., Fincham S., Daratha K. B., & Monsen K. (2017). Impact of adoption of a comprehensive EHR on nursing work and caring efficacy. Article submitted to Computers, Informatics, Nursing in 2017. Edits requested by journal and submitted 1/22/2018. Accepted and published 2018. DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000441

updated 12/22/20