At a key transition point in their studies, occupational therapy students across all USAHS campuses participate in a meaningful ritual, witnessed by family and friends. The OT pinning ceremony marks the end of the classroom portion of their studies and the beginning of their fieldwork. For Residential MOT and OTD students, this happens in their fourth term, and for Flex, in the seventh term. A longstanding tradition in OT practice, the pin celebrates the diversity of practice areas, the client-centered nature of our practice and the values of our profession. “It’s an opportunity for faculty to acknowledge our students’ transition from classroom learning to clinical learning,” says Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, director of the entry-level OT programs on Read more
Dr. Sarah Cartwright is a registered professional nurse with a career beginning in 1994 and marked with progressive levels of responsibility. Her clinical focus specializes in perianesthesia nursing and informatics nursing, and clinical outcomes. Dr. Cartwright’s most recent clinical appointment was as an Integrated Clinical Practice Strategist.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Cartwright has held adjunct appointments and visiting professorships at Augusta University Medical College of Georgia and Augusta University College of Nursing. In 2018, she joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as contributing faculty with curriculum focus on patient safety and quality, health information technology and leadership in both Master of Nursing Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice practicum courses.
Highly active in multiple professional societies, Dr. Cartwright has presented at a variety of local, state, regional and national conferences, published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored several textbook chapters on a variety of clinical, administrative and continuous quality improvement topics. Dr. Cartwright uses evidence to support practice decisions, influence change and create opportunities for innovation. In 2020, Dr. Cartwright earned the distinction of Fellow of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses.