Dawn Sarage


Clinical Instructor


Dawn Sarage is a clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing as well as a medical-surgical nurse educator at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. Sarage is a certified health care simulation educator (CHSE) and a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She joined the faculty at the UConn School of Nursing in April 2019, bringing her medical-surgical expertise to the forefront. She is a certified medical-surgical nurse (CMSRN) and a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Sarage lends her extensive medical surgical knowledge as the lead didactic instructor for the Theory and Nursing Practice for Acutely Ill Adults course in the traditional undergraduate program. Versatile in her simulation mastery, Sarage teaches across all specialties including obstetrics, pediatrics, behavioral health, and medical-surgical nursing at the undergraduate level.

Research/Scholarship Interests

  • Simulation
  • Medication Safety
  • Error Prevention


  • MSN, Clinical Nurse Leader, Sacred Heart University, 2011
  • BSN, University of Saint Joseph, 2005

Honors & Awards

  • 2010: Nightingale Award, The Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • 2022: John McNulty Excellence in the Scholarship of Clinical Education Teaching Award  

Selected Publications

Sarage, D., O’Neill, B. J., & Eaton, C. M. (2021). There is no I in Escape: Using an Escape Room Simulation to Enhance Teamwork and Medication Safety Behaviors in Nursing Students. Simulation & Gaming, 52(1), 40-53. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046878120976706

Rembish, M., Snyder, M., Sarage, D., Spadafora, N., & Alexander, I. M. (2022). Transforming clinical education during a global pandemic: Building new approaches to clinical education. Nursing Education Perspectives, 43(5), 325-327. DOI: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000001018 

A portrait of clinical instructor Dawn Sarage.
Contact Information
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