Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy
Since 2008, Dr. Wahl has worked at Walden University in the PhD and EdD higher education, leadership, management, and policy specializations and served in the capacity of contributing faculty, full-time faculty, academic/research coordinator, and is currently the program director for higher education EdD and PhD programs. She has graduated over 45 doctoral mentees and continues to function as a chair or methodologist on doctoral committees. Dr. Wahl has authored book chapters on critical thinking and decision making, published numerous articles, and presented at national conferences. She served as a subject matter expert in the development of new courses and is also an RN with certification in critical care and professional development. Dr. Wahl is passionate about the pursuit of life-long learning and fostering the academic growth of her students. She is interested in culturally inclusive pedagogies, burnout, thought leadership, emotional intelligence, and is a Walden diversity, equity, and inclusion ambassador. In December of 2021, Dr. Wahl was received the Teaching Excellence Award.
PhD, Capella University
Awards / Honors
Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse of Excellence, 2011
Nurse Hero Award Long Island Business News 6th , 2011
Wahl, S. E. (2018). Quiet time: A noise reduction initiative in a neurosurgical intensive care unit. Critical Care Nurse.
Wahl, S. E. (2017). Competency management (chapter 26) in P. Dickerson (ed.), Core curriculum for nursing professional development (5th ed). Chicago, IL.
Wahl, S. E. (2016). Contributing author to Harper, M.G. & Maloney, P. (Eds). Nursing professional development: Scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL.
Wahl, S. E., Latayan, M. (2011). Nursing education innovation: Using e-learning technology to meet learners' needs. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.
Wahl, S. E. (2013). Concept mapping in a critical care orientation program: A pilot study to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills in novice nurses. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44(10), 455-460.
Wahl, S. E. (2017). Podium Presentation for the Association for Nursing Professional Development’s Annual Convention titled, Collaborating to standardize a precepting program across a complex health system. ANPD National Conference.
Wahl, S. E. (2016). Poster presentation for North Shore University Hospital’s Research Conference titled, A nurse attending model of care to develop critical thinking and clinical decision making in a neuroscience intensive care unit: A pilot study. NSUH Research Conference.
Wahl, S. E. (2014). Using case scenarios to facilitate critical thinking skills. The Mayo Clinic as a Podium Presentation.
Wahl, S. E. (2015). Developing RN competency, critical thinking, and bridging the theory/practice gap using concept mapping exercises. Presented at the Annual Workshop of Nursing Educators at North Shore University Hospital. NSUH Education Workshop.
Wahl, S. E. (2013). You hired them but can you keep them. Professional Nurse Educator Group, National Convention.
Wahl, S. E. (2013). Concept Mapping: A Tool to Develop Critical Thinking and Clinical Decision Making in a Novice Nurse Critical Care Clinical Orientation Program (4 Hour Workshop). Association for Nursing Professional Development, National Convention.