faculty profile

Sarah Gast   DNP, APRN, AG-ACNP-BC

Assistant Professor


Dr. Sarah Gast is an Assistant Professor in the AGACNP program.  She has a clinical background in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiothoracic critical care, advanced heart failure, and surgical critical care.  Her research interests include the development of multidisciplinary teams, professional advancement and role satisfaction, point of care ultrasound, and the role of advanced practice providers in critical care.


  • DNP, Vanderbilt University
  • Post-Masters Certification, Vanderbilt University
  • MSN, University of Kansas
  • BSN, University of Kansas


  • FNP-BC

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Satisfaction and retention of advanced practice providers in academic centers
  • Efficacy of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool in critical care
  • Professional development and continued education in critical care

Representative Publications


Brunhoeber, L.A., King, J., Davis, S.A., & Witherspoon, B. (2018). Nurse Practitioner Use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Critical Care. Journal for Nurse Practitioners,15(5), 383-388. doi:10.1016/j.nurpra.2017.12.002 

Bailey, BA, Davis, S, Witherspoon, B. (2016). Assessment of Volume Status Utilizing Ultrasonography. In J. Squiers (Ed.), Fluids and Electrolytes (pp. 269-279). Chicago, IL. Elsevier Publisher. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2017.01.004. 

Kahn, S.A., Davis, S.A., Banes, C.T., Dennis, B.A., May, A.K., & Gunter, O.D. (2015) Impact of advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistance) on surgical residents' critical care experience. Journal of Surgical Research. 199(1), 7-12. doi: /10.1016/j.jss.2015.05.036

Representative Presentations

McNabb, K., Gast, S., & Wilbeck, J. (2020, April 22-24). Technology Speaks: Novel informatics applications to transform NP education [Podium Presentation]. Duke School of Nursing Institute for Educational Excellence's 2020 National Conference, Durham, NC. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19) 

Gast, S. (2020, October 3-5). The Acute Abdomen [Podium Presentation]. GAPNA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 

Davis, S. (2017, April 10). Delirium Prevention in Critical Care [Advanced Practice Grand Rounds]. University of Kansas Health Systems Department of Trauma and Surgical Services, Kansas City, KS. 

Davis, S. (2017, February 24). Case Studies in Ultrasound [Conference session]. American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, Regional Meeting, Chattanooga, TN. 

Davis, S. (2016, May 5). Job Satisfaction Among Advanced Practice Providers in an Academic Medical Center [Podium Presentation]. Sigma Theta Tau Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN 

Davis, S. (2015, September 5). Current Guidelines and Topics in Critical Care [Podium Presentation]. Vanderbilt Medical Center Annual ACNP Bootcamp, Nashville, TN.  

Davis, S. (2008, April 18). Professionalism and Certification of the Clinical Nurse I, II, and III [Podium Presentation]. University of Kansas Hospital Nursing Symposium, Kansas City, KS. 

Davis, S. (2005, February 4-6). Breastfeeding in Adolescent Mothers [Poster Presentation] Midwest Research Society Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty