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Amy T. Johnson

Amy Nagorski Johnson, PhD, RNC

School of Nursing
323 McDowell Hall





  • Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., Research Focus: Neonatal Response to Environment
  • M.S.N., University of Delaware, Maternal-Child Nursing
  • B.S.N., Madonna University, Livonia Michigan, Nursing


  • National Certification in Neonatal Nursing

Current Research Interest

  • Improving neonatal outcomes with interventions
  • Changing the NICU environment
  • Emotional expressiveness of toddlers


  • Excellence in Neonatal Nursing Clinical Practice Award, 2006, The National Academy of Neonatal Nursing
  • The University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005.
  • The National Excellence in Education Award of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, 2003.


  • Leadership Fellow, supported by the School of Nursing and College of Health Sciences with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.
  • Leadership Mentor, Sigma Theta Tau Leadership Academy: Nurses Investing in Maternal-Child Health. Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute and Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Salzburg Fellow, University of Delaware Seminar session 424, “Early Childhood Development: Improving Linkages between Research, Practice and Policy.

University Service

  • 2010 - 2011 Chair, Academic Priorities Committee.
  • 2009 - present Middle States Steering Committee.
  • 2008 - 2009 President, University of Delaware Faculty Senate.
  • 2007 - present Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
  • 2006 - 2009 Faculty advisor, Student Nurses Organization.
  • 2004 - present Faculty advisor, Vision A Capella group.
  • 2004 - present Faculty advisor, Women's volleyball club.

Selected Publications

  • Johnson, A.N. (2009). NCLEX-RN success with boot camp. Nursing Education Perspective, 30 (5), 328-329.
  • Johnson, A.N. (2008). Promoting maternal confidence in the NICU. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 22 (4) 254-257.
  • Johnson, A.N. (2008). Engaging Fathers in the NICU: Taking down the barriers to the baby. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 22 (4) 302-306.
  • Johnson, A.N. (2008). A partnership in health education: Pairing nursing students with school nurses. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13 (1) 53-55.
  • Johnson, A.N. (2007). The maternal experience of kangaroo holding premature infants. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 36, (6) 568-573.
  • Johnson, A.N. (2007). Factors influencing implementation of kangaroo holding in a special care nursery. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 32, (1) 25-29.
  • Johnson, A.N. (2006). The relationship of kangaroo holding to maternal breast milk. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 21(2),2.

Selected Presentations

  • "Evidence to Practice: Making a difference in outcome with Kangaroo Care." Keynote symposium at Memorial Children's Hospital, South Bend, IN.
  • “The Essence of Nursing: Providing Family-Centered Developmental Supportive Care.” Keynote speaker for the 5th World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care sponsored by the World. Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • “Maternal benefits of early skin-to-skin holding of premature infants.” 39th Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International, Baltimore, MD.
  • “Managing testing anxiety: A piece of the NCLEX puzzle.” 39th Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International, Baltimore.
  • “Skin-to-skin holding effects on the composition of breast milk.” 18th International Nursing Research Congress of Sigma Theta Tau International, Vienna, Austria.
  • "The effect of early kangaroo holding in the NICU." The Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) National Convention in Baltimore, MD.
  • “Skin-to-skin holding effects on breast milk caloric composition.” National State of the Science Conference, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington D.C.

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