Penni Coates Huffman DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Maternal Child Nursing

Research Interests
  • Central line associated blood stream infection prevention in neonates
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Nursing education
  • Neonatal 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)

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.
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