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Sarah Scapens

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Areas of Expertise:
Nursing and midwifery

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Sarah commenced nurse training aged 19, undertaking the Child Health Nursing Degree at the University of Suffolk.

Once qualified, Sarah started work as a Staff Nurse at Addenbrookes Hospital, initially working in the Paediatric Emergency Department, Paediatric Recovery, and Children’s Services on the children’s wards, clinic and day surgery. She became a Junior Sister in 2018, working in both Children’s Services and the Paediatric Emergency Department.

Since qualifying, Sarah has always enjoyed working with learners in practice and is passionate about teaching. This was something she was able to develop further in the Junior Sister role, and even more so after becoming a Specialist Nurse for Safeguarding Children in 2020.

Sarah followed this love of teaching further when she joined ARU as a Lecturer in Child Nursing in January 2022.

Research interests
  • Children’s nursing
  • Children’s safeguarding
  • Paediatric emergency nursing
  • Nurse training
  • Mental health

Most of Sarah’s teaching experience is around the topic of child safeguarding, undertaken while working both in the Paediatric Emergency Department, and following from this as a Specialist Nurse in the Children’s Safeguarding Team.

Teaching, including ensuring mandatory training responsibilities were met by the Trust, was a large part of her role in the Safeguarding Team.

Sarah also has a wealth of experience working with Nursing students in practice within the NHS, as a mentor and a supervisor.

Memberships, editorial boards
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing