Sandra M. Gossler, PhD, RN, APHN-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Gossler began her nursing career in Maternal/Newborn nursing as a Register Nurse in the Labor and Delivery unit, the Postpartum unit and the Newborn Nursery. After several years of practice, she began to teach maternal/newborn health classes to the community regarding Newborn care, Breastfeeding, and Sibling classes. Additionally, she taught CPR and Safe Sitter® which is a class for 11–13 year olds regarding safe babysitting for infants to school aged children.

Dr. Gossler completed a RN to BSN program at Liberty University and completed her Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. She continued to teach her community health classes during this time and achieved several certifications including International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Childbirth Education Nurse, Advanced Practice Public Health/Community Health Nurse, and Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

In 2007, Dr. Gossler completed a doctoral program of study and achieved a PhD in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She taught in the undergraduate program at the University Of Tennessee College Of Nursing beginning in 2008, and then came back to Lynchburg, accepting a position at Lynchburg College in 2012.

The focus of Dr. Gossler’s research is human lactation and support systems for new mothers but also has interests in Child Safety and Women’s Health issues. With this focus, there have been several opportunities to teach internationally to various groups on subjects such as basic health hygiene, human lactation issues, and sexually transmitted diseases and infections.