Penni Coates Huffman DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

Penni Coates Huffman DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Maternal Child Nursing


  • DNP, University of South Alabama (Neonatal), 2012
  • MSN, University of South Alabama (Neonatal NP), 2005
  • ADN, Rockingham Community College, 2003
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Exercise Science), 1999

Specialized Training

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified (NCC)

Research Interests

  • Central line associated blood stream infection prevention in neonates
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Nursing education
  • Neonatal nursing

Selected Publications

  • Evans, E., & Huffman, P. (2015). Initiating the use of non-invasive respiratory support following delivery of 27-30 week gestation infants in a level III NICU. Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 21(6), 248-254.

  • Huffman, P., & McMullan, T. (2016). Specialty Care for the High Risk Newborn. In Whitworth, S.C., & McMullan. T.W. Maternal/Newborn: Success Plus. [Manuscript in preparation] (Chapter 22). F.A. Davis.

  • Jollett, E., & Huffman, P. (2016). Evidence based guideline for when to transfuse neonates and how to feed with the transfusion. Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 35 (6), 353-357.


Doctoral Courses

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Planning
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care Systems
  • Organizational Systems Analysis, Leadership and Change
  • Healthcare Policy and Finance
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Clinical Prevention Population Health
  • Dr. Huffman has also worked with students on their Doctor of Nursing
  • Practice Project manuscripts for publication.

Graduate Courses Taught

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Neonatal
  • Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Introduction to Neonatal NP
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Practicum I
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Practicum II
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Practicum III
  • Advanced Nursing Assessment
  • Physio-Pathological Bases of Advanced Nursing
  • Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses