ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

The ATrain Education Team

Sharon Sanders, RN

Chief Executive Officer
photo: Sharon Sanders

Sharon Sanders has worked in almost every area of nursing since earning her degree at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami many years ago. She spent six years as a Navy nurse during the Viet Nam war, then worked in the emergency department for fifteen years at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. After leaving the city for a place in the country, she worked in a rural ED for ten years. During her nursing practice she has been certified and educated in multiple ED and trauma-related areas such as CEN, TNCC, MICN, CCU, and has had extensive retraining in BLS, ACLS, PALS, and NALS.

Sharon brings a wealth of clinical, educational, and organizational skills and experience to the ATrain Education team. Prior to founding ATrain Education with Lauren Robertson and Toni Thompson, Sharon worked as a nursing editor and writer for another online continuing education company.

Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

President, Editor-in-Chief
photo: Lauren Robertson

Lauren Robertson founded ATrain Education with Sharon Sanders and Toni Thompson in 2008 to take advantage of new Internet technologies. She has been in the continuing education business for more than fifteen years, having served as the CEO and editor-in-chief for an online CE company that she founded in 1997 and sold in 2008. She has written or edited more than 150 continuing education courses for nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other healthcare professionals.

Lauren became a medical writer and editor following fifteen years of work as a physical therapist in acute care, home health, and long-term care, specializing in stroke rehabilitation and balance disorders. She also spent six years teaching neuroanatomy to physical and occupational therapy assistant students at a college in Santa Rosa, California.

Judy Johnstone, BA

Managing Editor

Judy Johnstone brings decades of editorial experience in educational publishing to the position of managing editor at ATrain Education. Her work in corporate publishing included editing and producing textbooks in a wide spectrum of undergraduate disciplines and culminated with production of major nursing textbooks for Addison-Wesley Nursing Division. In addition, she was West Coast production manager for the medical publisher Appleton & Lange. More recently, her focus has been online continuing education for nurses and therapists.

Having lived in a medical family for many years, Judy found it a natural progression to specialize in healthcare issues and she is passionate about maintaining rigorous academic standards in all of ATrain’s offerings.

Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Contributing Editor
photo: Susan Walters Schmid

Susan Schmid has applied her extensive academic background to the field of publishing. She worked in both permissions and editorial production for Wadsworth Publishing Company, a purveyor of college textbooks. She then became an acquisitions editor for AltaMira Press. While completing her PhD, Susan was a desktop publishing specialist for Arizona State University, where she taught several courses for the History department as well as “Introduction to Scholarly Publishing” and “Scholarly Editing” for the Scholarly Publishing program.

Susan currently owns and operates Teton Editorial Services, providing an array of skills for both individual and corporate clients. She is an invaluable part of the ATrain Education editorial team, using her research, 
editing, and writing skills to update courses that require extensive understanding of state and federal regulations.

Fran Laughton, RN, PHN, FNP

Lead Nurse Planner
photo: Fran Laughton

Fran Laughton is the co-founder, assistant director, and clinical coordinator for the Registered Nursing Program at Mendocino College in Ukiah, California. She is certified for classroom and clinical content by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing in Medical-Surgical, Psychiatry, Maternal/Child, Pediatrics, and Pharmacology, and is the lead instructor for these content areas. In addition, Fran is in private practice as a family nurse practitioner.

In her role as lead nurse planner for ATrain Education, Fran is involved with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the continuing education courses offered on this website.

JoAnn O'Toole, RN, BSN

Nurse Planner, Nursing Editor
photo: JoAnn O'Toole

JoAnn O'Toole is a medical writer who works as an ED nurse at a certified stroke center at Kaiser Redwood City in California. Before transferring to the emergency department, she worked for fifteen years in the neuroscience department at Kaiser. In addition to writing ATrain Education courses, JoAnn serves as a nurse planner, helping ATrain to comply with ANCC accreditation requirements. JoAnn has spent time living and studying in Mexico City and uses her language skills in her current job to facilitate communications with Spanish-speaking clients.

Adele Newman, BS, MS

Website Manager
photo: Adele Newman

After earning her degrees from the University of Michigan, Adele Newman began a long career in software development, working in a number of capacities for pioneering Silicon Valley companies. Her interests in technology, visual arts, and a life-long addiction to crafts—she never met a yarn craft she did not like—have found a comfortable blend in her current responsibilities. Working independently as a technical writer and web developer, Adele recently completed such disparate projects as a complex web-based help system for a suite of software products and a website for a local physical therapist.

Adele implements and maintains ATrain Education course content and assists with general technical support. She believes strongly that the care and attention given to writing and editing deserves a beautiful presentation.