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Who is the New Thing Nurse?

Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL is the founder and innovator at New Thing Nurse. Sarah is passionate about helping nurses of all ages and experience levels accomplish their academic, professional and personal goals through supportive coaching and advisement. Her ultimate hope is to foster a more nurturing and collaborative culture for nurses that spreads throughout healthcare and beyond.

Sarah's nursing fate was sealed one day in high school when she spent "A Day as a Nurse" at her local ER in Georgia. One good tractor accident, and she was hooked! Her nursing career was officially established in 2010 when she received her Master's of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Clinical Nurse Leadership (CNL). She then dove into a career of emergency nursing, where you can still find her today. Sarah received her specialty certifications of Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Sarah has worked at the bedside and in various leadership roles with experience in nursing quality, shared governance and new graduate orientation. Now based out of Northern California, Sarah currently works at her home ER at the bedside where she also works to enhance on-going educational opportunities for her fellow staff nurses and in improving emergency care for pediatric patients and their families.


Sarah is available for work-shops, conferences, educational events, speaking engagements and outreach work. If you would like to see if Sarah is available, email her at

Sarah frequently lectures on:

  • Nurse Mental Health - Let’s Talk About It

  • New Grads & New Jobs - How to Find a Job as a New Nurse

  • How to Be a New Thing Nurse - Keeping Your Nursing Practice Fresh with Your New Thing

  • Workplace Violence & How to Advocate for Change

  • Mock Code Project Creation & Implementation

  • How to Land Your Nurse Dream Job - Resume & Interview Tips from New Thing Nurse

  • Self-Care & Nurse Burnout Prevention

  • Interpreter Use in Healthcare: Best Practices & Tips for the Bedside Nurse

  • Pediatric Care Coordination in the Emergency Room

  • RNs & Social Media Use

  • Pediatric Code Response

  • Bridging Generational Gaps Within the Nursing Workforce

  • Navigating the Workplace as an Emerging Nurse Professional

Have a different topic that you need lectured on? Let Sarah know! Sarah is able to tailor her talks to your organization's needs.

Past events:

  • National Speaker - EN19 Conference, Emergency Nurses Association, Austin, TX

  • Speaker - EN19 West Conference, San Francisco ENA, San Francisco, CA

  • Speaker - 2019 “I Survived Nursing School, Now What?” Lecture, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA

  • Speaker - 2019 ENA Spring Regional Symposium, Emergency Nurses Association, Seattle, WA

  • Speaker - 2019 Healthcare Travelers Take… OMAHA!, Omaha, NE

  • Speaker - 2019 “Nurse Adventures Around the World” Tele-Lecture, USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC

  • Speaker - 2018 ENA Fall Regional Symposium, Emergency Nurses Association, Orlando, FL

  • National Speaker - EN18 Conference, Emergency Nurses Association, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Speaker - 2018 TraumaCon3, San Francisco ENA, San Francisco, CA

  • Speaker - 2018 California ENA State Council Meeting, Sonoma, CA

  • Panel Speaker - 2018 Student Wellness Panel & Coffee Hour, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA

  • Speaker - "I Survived Nursing School! Now What?" Lecture, Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA

  • Speaker - 2018 Emergency Nurses Association, East Bay Chapter Meeting, Oakland, CA

  • Instructor - 2018 Emergency Nursing Shorts, ExpeditionED, Mazatlan, MX

  • Speaker - 2017 Emergency Care by the Bay Conference, San Diego, CA

  • Panel Speaker - 2017 East Bay Student Nursing Association, California State East Bay, Hayward CA


Anna E. Wells, MA

Anna E. Wells, MA is both friend and family to New Thing Nurse. Currently, Anna is the Chief Writing Consultant at New Thing Nurse for students, graduates, and professionals alike. With over 1,600 hours of experience as a graduate assistant at Spalding University's Academic Support & Writing Center under her belt, Anna is well-versed in APA formatting, proofreading, and brainstorming with a diverse population. Though Anna's master's degree is in clinical psychology, she is passionate about bridging the gap between healthcare fields to improve work and care for all.

Anna currently resides in Louisville, KY. For services, questions, or comments, she can be reached by e-mail at

Allison Shuttleworth, MSN, RN, CEN


Allison Shuttleworth, MSN, RN, CEN is the owner of ExpeditionED, a small batch destination education company for the adventurous nurse. Allison has more than 25 years nursing experience with a concentration and board certification in emergency nursing.  Her passions include teaching, sailing and hostessing. Together with her lifelong partner, Captain Dave, she enjoys crafting boutique experiences for people from all corners of the globe on their ship the Epifania.

To find out more about Allison's adventures & ExpeditionEd -

Anna Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN

Anna Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN has been a Registered Nurse since 2008. She has worked in a variety of areas: medical/surgical, telemetry, cardiovascular ICU, nurse manager, ICU travel nurse, critical care float pool, and endoscopy. During her eleven years as a nurse, Anna has witnessed healthcare professionals struggle with major issues like burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral distress. She created The Burnout Book, a website and blog with a mission to help fellow nurses know they are not alone, help them find the tools and resources they need to avoid burnout in their profession, and help them keep their spark for nursing! Anna also focuses on how healthcare organizations can create healthy work environments and support their staff. Anna now travels the country, speaking to nurses on the subject. 

To read more about Anna & The Burnout Book -

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From time to time New Thing Nurse will feature guest appearances by tried and true affiliates from across the healthcare spectrum. Check back here to get to know the other members of our growing team!

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