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 Oakland in 1997 as an Assistant Professor in the SON after completing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Michigan. Her clinical nursing specialty was adult liver transplantation and research and scholarship was initially focused on adult liver transplant recipient return to work post-transplant. As the Undergraduate Program Director, she oversees all three academic tracks of the SON undergraduate program (Accelerated Second  Degree, Basic-BSN and the BSN degree completion sequence for registered nurses) and report directly to the Associate Dean. In addition to her role as UPD, during the 2011-2012 academic year, she served as the primary author on the SON’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation self-study report. The SON undergraduate program received full CCNE accreditation for 10 years, through 2022. She is passionate about writing for the discipline of nursing and her scholarship now focuses on nursing education with  emphasis on undergraduate student/program outcomes and pedagogy. 

  • PhD, The University of Michigan, 1997 
  • MS, The University of Michigan 1987 
  • BSN, The University of Michigan 1982 
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
  • Nursing Theory 
  • Scientific Inquiry 
  • Advanced Practice Nursing 
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society 
  • Sigma Theta Tau International – Theta Psi Chapter