Chris Spencer
Ericka Sanner-Stiehr, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

220 Seton Hall
College of Nursing, South Campus

Phone: 314-516-7086

Ericka Sanner-Stiehr’s research focuses on communication patterns and workplace values in the nursing work environment. Her currently funded study measures the long-term impact of communication training for disruptive behaviors on staff retention and patient care quality. Dr. Sanner-Stiehr's other current work includes a multi-methods examination of generational influences on workplace values and intent to stay in the nursing workforce.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, University of Missouri- Kansas City (2015)
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, University of Missouri- Kansas City (2010)
  • Associates of Applied Science in Nursing, Johnson County Community College (2007)

Research Interests

  • Nursing workplace environment
  • Communication between nurses
  • Bullying response training

Selected Grants

  • Junior Faculty Travel Grant.(2015).
  • GAF (Graduate Assistance Fund). (2014).

Selected Publications

  • Sanner-Stiehr, E & Reynolds-Kueny, C. (2017). From the top down: Transformational leadership for improved nurse and organizational outcomes.  Journal of Healthcare Administration, 6(4), doi:
  • Sanner-Stiehr, E. Vandermause, R. (2017). Can't we all just get along? A dual-theory approach to understanding and managing the multigenerational workplace. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 17(2). ISSN# 2158-3609.
  • Sanner-Stiehr, E. (2017). Using simulation to teach responses to lateral violence: Guidelines for nurse educators. Nurse Educator, 42(3), 133-137. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000326.
  • Sanner-Stiehr, E. Ward-Smith, P. (2017). Lateral violence in nursing: Implications for nurseeducators. Journal of Professional Nursing, 33(2), 113-118. doi:
  • Sanner-Stiehr, E.Ward-Smith, P. (2016). Increasing self-efficacy: lateral violence responsetraining for nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(3). doi:10.5430/jnep.v6n2p1.
  • Sanner-Stiehr, E., and Ward-Smith, P. (2014). Lateral violence and the exit strategy. Nursing Management, 45(3), 11-15.
  • Sanner-Stiehr, E. and Ward-Smith, P. (2013). Psychological distress among targets of lateral violence: a conceptual framework. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3(6), 84-90.


  • University of Missouri Research Board. (2017-2018).
  • Junior Faculty Travel Grant. (2016-2017).
  • Junior Faculty Travel Grant. (2015-2016). 

Selected Presentations

  • Poster: Bridging Inter-Generational Gaps to Increase Collaboration and Retention: Implications for Nurse Leaders. (2017). Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Creating Healthy Work Environments conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Podium: Disruptive Behaviors Among Nurses: Implications for Nurse Educators – April, 2016, NLN/STTI 2016 Nursing Educational and Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Podium:  Violence Response Training for Nursing Students – March 2016, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Milwaukee, WI. 


  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • National League for Nursing