School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 364-8733
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Sarah Newton, PhD, RN

A headshot of Sarah Newton

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

Dr. Newton has been a faculty member at Oakland University since 1997. Her clinical nursing specialty is adult liver transplantation and her scholarship focuses on the lived experience of being a liver transplant recipient and return to work post-transplant. In addition, she also writes about nursing education, specifically undergraduate program outcomes and pedagogy.


  • PhD in Nursing – University of Michigan
  • MS in Medical-Surgical Nursing – University of Michigan
  • BSN – University of Michigan

Research Area Interests

  • Adult Liver Transportation
  • Undergraduate Nursing Education Outcomes
  • Writing for the Discipline of Nursing


  • Publications
    • Karadimas, L. A., & Newton, S. E. (in review). Smoking cessation counseling by advanced practice registered nurses for older adults living in a rural community. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.
    • Slack, S., & Newton, S. E. (in review). Effect of nurse practitioner discharge care on readmission rates among patients with heart failure. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
    • Sheikhalipour, Z., Zamanzadeh, V., Borimnejad, L., Valizadeh, L., & Newton, S. E. (in press). Muslim transplant recipients’ family experiences following organ transplantation. Journal of Research in Nursing.
    • Sheikhalipour, Z., Zamanzadeh, V., Borimnejad, L., Valizadeh, L., Newton, S. E., Shahbazi, M…Nazari, M. (2018). The effects of religious and cultural beliefs on Muslim transplant candidates during the pre-transplant waiting period. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 32(1), 82-95. doi:10.189/0000-000Y.32.1.82
    • 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
  • Presentations
    • Newton, S. E., & Sheikhalipour, Z. (2019, March). Muslim organ transplant recipients’ family experiences post- transplant. Midwest Nursing Research Society 43rd Annual Research Conference, Kansas City, MO.
    • Newton, S. E., & Sheikhalipour, Z. (2018, April). Religious and cultural beliefs of Shia Muslim transplant candidates awaiting transplantation. Midwest Nursing Research Society 42nd Annual Research Conference, Cleveland, OH. Distinguished abstract.

Professional Affiliations

  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, Theta Psi Chapter