Associate Professor Kathy Newnam was one of 38 nurse practitioner leaders selected as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Newnam has been with the College of Nursing since 2014.
Her teaching interest includes research, theory, evidence-based practice methods and advanced health assessment. Her vast clinical experience and nationally funded research program provide students specialized training informed by her clinical research and translation to best practices through active dissemination.
Newnam’s scholarly projects include improving respiratory outcomes of the neonate, reducing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in the fragile infant, improving access to human milk in the neonatal population and the use of purposeful language as a strategy to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes and reduce neonatal stress though hospitalization.
Newnam has a BSN, and MSN from Old Dominion University, and a PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner and is on staff at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
She is dual certified as an APN in both pediatrics and neonatal care. She serves on the editorial board as a section editor of Advances in Neonatal Care and has authored or co-authored several contributions in journals and textbooks and has received several awards and honors in her field.
“Dr. Newnam is a top-notch clinician and nurse scientist who is doing ground-breaking research in the area of neonatal care,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “This national recognition exemplifies the outstanding contributions that she is making to understanding how best to care for fragile neonates.”
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners recognizes NP leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Newnam will be inducted as a fellow during a virtual ceremony in June.
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