School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.


Sarah E. Newton, PhD, RN

Sarah E. Newton, PhD, RN

Associate Professor 
3040 Human Health Building 
Phone: (248) 364-8771

Dr. Newton began her tenure at the Oakland University School of Nursing (SON) in 1997 after completing her PhD at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about writing for and about the discipline of nursing. Dr. Newton's clinical nursing specialty is adult liver transplantation and her scholarship focuses on the lived experience/return to work post-transplant. She also writes about nursing education, specifically undergraduate student/program outcomes and pedagogy. Dr. Newton served in the role of SON Undergraduate Program Director from 2011-2017. ;


  • PhD, The University of Michigan, 1997 
  • MS, The University of Michigan, 1987 
  • BSN, The University of Michigan, 1982 
Research Area Interests 
  • Adult liver transplantation
  • Undergraduate nursing education outcomes
  • Writing for the discipline of nursing

  • Sheikhalipour, Z., Zamanzadeh, V., Borimnejad, L., Valizadeh, L., Newton, S. E., Shahbazi, M.,...Nazari, M. (in press). The effects of religious and cultural beliefs on Islamic transplant candidates during the pre-transplant waiting period. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.
  • Newton, S. E. (2015). Accelerated Nursing students: What do they believe will happen on the first clinical day. American Research Journal of Nursing, 1(2), 3-6. Retrieved from:
  • Harris, M., Pittiglio, L., Newton, S. E., & Moore, G. (2014). Simulation methodology to improve BSN students' medication administration. Nursing Education Perspectives, 35(1), 26-29. doi:10.5480/11-552.1
  • Newton, S. E., Harris, M., & Pittiglio, L. (2013). Constructivist philosophy and nursing student medication calculations. Research & Theory for Nursing Practice, 27(2), 88-94.
  • Newton, S. E., & Moore, G. (2013). Critical thinking skills of basic baccalaureate and accelerated second degree nursing students. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(3), 154-158. doi:10.5480/1536-5026-34.3.154 
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society 
  • Sigma Theta Tau International – Theta Psi Chapter