Dr. Paula Timoney’s career spans over thirty- five years and demonstrates a sustained commitment to infants, families and the education of nurse practitioners. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Graduate Department. Dr. Timoney has extensive experience in neonatal nurse practitioner education and practice. She has been the Director of the NNP Program since 2012, and Director of the Master’s in Nursing Leadership Program since 2018.
Dr. Timoney has enjoyed a progressive academic career that exemplifies a commitment to quality education in a specialty nurse practitioner field. Her academic achievements have been recognized by increasingly more complex assignments and positions within the School of Nursing. Her university service, in part, includes active participation on the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Evaluation and Outcomes Committee, and as Assistant Presiding Officer of the Faculty Assembly of the School of Nursing. She has also served as a Senator at Large representing the Health Sciences Center for Stony Brook University since 2015.
Dr. Timoney’s sponsored research in education includes projects that address the diverse learning needs of the distance education student. Many of her local, state and national presentations have focused on the special needs of the distance learning student in an asynchronous learning program, best educational practices, human patient simulation, scope of practice and risk management. In 2014, Dr. Timoney, along with her colleagues received a $20,000 Innovative Instructional Technology Grant from the State University of New York to implement team-based learning into the curriculum of the NNP Program.
Dr. Timoney’s philosophy of teaching, practice and research is based on mentorship with the objective of developing competent clinicians and leaders who can identify and evaluate the best evidence to inform their practice. The metric to determine competency is certification. In 1989, Dr. Timoney developed the first and only certification review course for neonatal nurse practitioners. The five-day conference continues annually and is widely recognized as the most comprehensive review for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Timoney’s experience as Director of Advanced Practice Providers at a freestanding pediatric hospital has been a jumping off point for leadership roles in both state and national nursing organizations. Dr. Timoney’s service to the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) includes representation on the NANNP Council for four years, the co-chair of the 2014 Task Force to revise the NANN Education Standards and Curriculum Guidelines for NNP Programs, the co-author of the 2012 NNP Workforce Survey Report, the NANN Nominations Committee and the NANN Conference Planning Committee. As a founding member of the Florida Association of NNPs (FANNP), Dr. Timoney has served FANNP in many capacities, including Vice President, President, Newsletter Editor, and Conference Planning Committee Member. She was most recently an at-large member on the Board of Directors. Dr. Timoney also represents FANNP on the Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses (FCAPN).
As a clinician, educator and role model, Dr. Timoney has influenced many to improve the care of thousands of infants and children. Her overarching goal is to develop innovative strategies for effective teaching/learning in distance education programs to provide students with the skills and tools necessary to deliver safe, effective, and evidence-based care throughout their nursing careers.
BSN, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1980
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate, All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL, 1985
Master’s in Nursing, University of Florida, 1995
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Case Western Reserve University, 2011
Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing
Primary Teaching Areas:
Doctor of Nursing Practice Research Seminars
Doctor of Nursing Practice Synthesis I-III
Evidence Based Practice
Quality Improvement, Patient Safety & Health Care Technology
Neonatal Advanced Theory and Clinical Practice III & IV: The High-Risk Neonate
Care of the Childbearing Family
Primary Care of the High Risk Neonate
Research and Academic Interests:
On-line Teaching Pedagogies (Team-Based Learning, Collaborative Testing, Incorporating Technology into Online Courses)
2022 (Co-I) Promoting Provider Resilience via Communication, Self-Care, and Organizational Training Programs, Pati, S. PI, Bruckenthal, P., Whitney, C., Galiczewski, J., and Timoney, P. HRSA-22-111, Award: $2,280,633.
2014-2016 (PI) Timoney, PM. & Cavaliere, TA. “Implementation of Team Based Learning in an Asynchronous Distance Education Graduate Nursing Course,” Stony Brook University, NY. Award: $20,000.
Publications (Last 5 years):
Corallo, J., Bieda, A., Garland, M., Dowling, D., Timoney, PM. (2022). “The impact of a Donor Human Milk Program on the provision of mothers’ own milk at discharge in very low birth weight infants.”
Donnelly, S., Shaw, E., Timoney, PM., Foca, M., Hametz, P. (2020). Parents’ Assessment of an Advanced-Practice Nurse/Care Coordination Assistant Model Medical Care Coordination Program for Children with Medical Complexity, Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
Lawrence, KS., Reka, S., Vignesh, S., Timoney. PM. (2019). Effectiveness of a YouTube™ Patient Education Colon Cleanse Video, The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (pending revision).
Akpan, U., Orth, E. Moore, R., Timoney, PM., Cavaliere, TA., Davila, RC., & Calhoun, DA. (2019). The
Hematopoietic System in A. Jnah & AN. Trembath (Editors). Fetal-Neonatal Physiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse. New York: Springer Publishing.
Kayton A, Timoney PM, Vargo L, Perez JA. (2018). Current Practices and Attitudes Regarding Use of Inhaled Nitric Oxide in the NICU: Results from a Survey of Members of the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners [published online ahead of print February 20, 2018]. Advances in Neonatal Care. 2018;18(2):88-97. https://doi.org/10.1097/ANC.0000000000000470.
Kayton A, Timoney PM, Vargo L, Perez JA. (2017). A Review of Oxygen Physiology and Appropriate Management of Oxygen Levels in Premature Neonates [published online ahead of print September 25, 2017]. Advances in Neonatal Care. 2018;18(2):98-104. https://doi.org/10.1097/ANC.0000000000000434.
Presentations (Last 5 years):
Timoney, PM. (2021). APRN Roles, certifications and Scope. Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses Webinar. (Recorded)
Hays, S., Timoney, PM., Wright, A. (2020). APRN Roles: Four roles, four ways to care. Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses Webinar. (Recorded)
Donnelly, S., Timoney, PM., & Hametz, P. (2018). “An Evaluation of a Medical Care Coordination Program for Children with Medical Complexity.” Accepted for presentation: 27th Annual American Pediatric Surgical Nurses’ Association Conference, Palm Desert, CA.
Timoney, PM. & Cavaliere, TA. (2017). “The Use of Collaborative Testing to Enhance Learning in an On-line Graduate Nursing Course.” Poster presentation, NANN 33rd Annual Education Conference, Providence, RI.
Timoney, PM. & Cavaliere, TA. (2017). “The Use of Collaborative Testing to Enhance Learning in an On-line Graduate Nursing Course.” Podium presentation, AACN Masters Education Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Timoney, PM. & Cavaliere, TA. (2017). "Team Based Learning: It’s Use in Enhancing Learning in an Online Graduate Neonatal Pharmacology Course." Poster presentation, AACN Masters Education Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Major Accomplishments / Honors:
DNP Faculty Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Teaching & Service, 5/2019
Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) Fellow, 2016-present
Open SUNY On-line Teaching Ambassador, 2016-present
Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses, FANNP Representative, 2016-present
Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, President, 1994-1995; BOD Member, 1990-93, 1996-97, 2013-17, 2018-2022
Kim Nolan Spirit Award, Florida Assn of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, 2014
National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Southeastern Council Representative, 2010-13
DNP Program Director’s Award for Excellence, Case Western Reserve University, 2011
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 1994-present