Joann Sands, DNP, RN, ANP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Joann Sands.

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
228 Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

PHONE: 716-829-2342

I’ve been a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the last 12 years. I had the opportunity to go on a deployment with the fire department after Hurricane Irene. I also was able to take several nursing students on a deployment to Schoharie County after Hurricane Sandy.

Joann Sands is a clinical associate professor at the School of Nursing with a passion for disaster and emergency response management. Her areas of interest include disaster preparedness and response, resiliency after a disaster, disaster epidemiology, emergency management and global health.

Sands is a member of Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education (CHSE). This organization runs three interdisciplinary disaster/humanitarian exercises throughout the year with New York Hope, Missouri Hope and Atlantic Hope (in Florida). Students from the School of Nursing attend these exercises to gain experience in the disaster and emergency response field like identifying best practices, understanding of human behavior in the true-to-life settings in which professionals operate.

In addition, Sands recently participated in the University’s active shooter drill, which included several UB departments and schools, local police and fire departments, students, the FBI, and many other organizations.

Currently, Sands is working toward her master’s in Disaster Preparedness Emergency Management through Arkansas State University and is expected to graduate in 2020.


  • MS, Disaster Preparedness Emergency Management, Arkansas State University, 2020
  • DNP, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2013
  • MS, Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2009
  • BSN, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2006

Areas of Research

  • Global health
  • Disaster preparedness and response
  • Disaster epidemiology
  • Resiliency after a disaster
  • Emergency management

Teaching Responsibilities

Winter Intersession

  • N437 Community Engagement Across Populations


  • N478 Nursing Therapeutics – Acute care
  • N447 Advanced Clinical Nursing (Coordinator)
  • N481 Nursing Management of Patients
  • N479 Acute Care Seminar


  • N371 Basic Nursing Therapeutics
  • N373 Basic Nursing Therapeutics Practicum
  • N518 Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods
  • N393 Heathcare Informatics (RN-BSN) (Coordinator)


  • N474 Nursing Therapeutics Practicum (Coordinator)
  • N410 Public Health Nursing (Coordinator)
  • N518 Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods

Recent Publications

Loomis, D., & Sands, J. (2014, Spring). School of Nursing launches winter session program. UB International, 23(1), 5, 20.

Professional Activities

  • Volunteer Firefighter and EMT, East Seneca Fire Department
  • Member, Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education