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Neonatal Nursing Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Neonatal Nursing Hall of Fame is to highlight the contributions of our many neonatal nursing pioneers. The 2018 Inaugural Inductee was presented at the National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurse's Conference in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations Dr. Patricia Johnson! 

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Patricia Johnson and Tracy Karp at the 2018 Inaugural Neonatal Nursing Hall of Fame

Meet Pat Johnson

Patricia Johnson, DNP, MPH, RN, NNP, pioneered the  advanced practice neonatal nursing role in the Intermountain Newborn Intensive Care Center at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City in 1973, as part of her MSN degree. Pat noted in her thesis that a nurse working in an advanced practice, primary care role could care for infants needing intensive care in a manner comparable to pediatric interns, with greater continuity of care.

Following graduation, Ms.Johnson worked in an advanced practice role at the Children's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and later in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout her career, Pat has been a part of moving the specialty of neonatal nursing forward. She was a member of the first Board of Directors of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and worked in many capacities within the organization, including Interim Executive Director. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Neonatal Nursing.

As we celebrate the Past, Present and Future of Neonatal Nursing we are delighted to recognize and pay tribute to Ms. Johnson, the inaugural inductee to the Neonatal Nursing Hall of Fame.


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