Coastal Carolina Neonatology
   

Nurse Practioners

Therese Bertolette, RN, NNP
Therese attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she received her nursing degree in 1973. As a Registered Nurse she worked in Pediatrics and the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), NICU at the Medical College of VA, and the PICU at Georgetown University Medical Center. She then went on to receive her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 1993 from Georgetown University Medical Center. She has worked as a NNP at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MC. She is currently employed by Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC as well as with Coastal Carolina Neonatology.

Donna Boylan, NNP
Donna Boylan received her basic nursing education at Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Elmira NY in 1976. She then went on to earn a BSN from Elmira College and attended Georgetown University Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in 1995. She worked in the Level 3 NICU at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY from 1976-2010, first as a bedside nurse, then as a nurse educator, and as an NNP from 1996 until relocating to Wilmington in 2010. In addition to clinical duties as an NNP, she is a STABLE instructor and a Bereavement Counselor. She is interested in transport issues and outreach education.

Ashley Clucas, NNP
Originally from Clarkton, NC, Ashley obtained her MSN-NNP degree from ECU in 2012, and began her NnP career at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. She moved to Wilmington in 2014 and started her career with CCN. She is a member of the CCN research team and has been involved in several active research studies.

 

Julie Daniels , RN MSN, NNP-BC
Julie Daniels attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she received her Bachelors degree in Nursing in 1994. After working in various staff nurse positions at Carolina's Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord, North Carolina, she transferred to the NICU in 1999. Julie worked as a NICU nurse until returning to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and receiving a Master's degree in nursing along with certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) in 2009. Following completion of this degree, she worked at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and now at New Hanover Regional Medical Center as an NNP.

Sheila Deitz, RN, NNP
Sheila Deitz attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she received her nursing degree in 1980. She then worked in the NICU at NHRMC as a registered nurse until 1991, at which time she attended the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at Pitt Memorial Hospital/East Carolina University, where she obtained her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) in 1992. Following completion of this program, she returned to work in the NICU at NHRMC as an NNP. In addition to her clinical duties as an NNP, she is coordinator and instructor for the Neonatal Transport Team, a “STABLE” instructor and a regional NRP instructor.

Julie Dube, RNC, MSN, NNP-BC
Julie Dube joined Coastal Carolina Neonatology as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in May of 2009. Originally from Georgia, Julie attended the University of Georgia in Athens before completing her Bachelors in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Upon graduation, she gained additional experience in the care of high-risk neonates by working as both a staff nurse and a travel nurse in several neonatal intensive care units around the country. After moving to Wilmington in 2003, Julie worked as a nurse in the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for several years before enrolling at East Carolina University to further her nursing education. Julie completed her Masters Degree in Nursing from ECU and obtained her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 2009. Julie is a certified NRP instructor and S.T.A.B.L.E. instructor.

Christen Ferguson, MSN, NNP-BC
Christen Ferguson, MSN, NNP-BC is originally from North Myrtle Beach, SC. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Medical University of South Carolina in 2009 and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Duke University in 2013. She completed her clinical training as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Prior to joining Coastal Carolina Neonatology, Christen worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at the Medical University of South Carolina and at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Christen's interests include providing family centered care and in finding ways to improve/enhance interdisciplinary collaboration in the NICU.

 

 

Lola Friedman, NNP
Lola Friedman, MSN, NNP graduated from the second BSN class at Saginaw Valley State College, Saginaw Michigan. Initially, she didn’t want to go into Neonatolgy. The babies were too small and scared her, but that was the only unit accepting new graduates. That was in 1980, and she never left. Somewhere along the way she got over being scared of those fragile little babies and got hooked on them. Now they understand each other. In 1995, she attended Columbus Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in Columbus Ohio. Lola went back to Grand Valley State in Grand Rapids Michigan to earn a Masters in Nursing Education. Wilmington has been home since 2004.


Carolyn Jones, MSN, RNC, NNP-BC
Carolyn earned a bachelor's in nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC and worked in a wide variety of specialties including, obstetrics/gynecology, neurological intensive care, home health and neonatal intensive care. In 2000, she completed a master's in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC where she served as adjunct faculty for several years. Kerri earned a PhD in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and since then has been a lecturer at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

 

Kristin Leahy, RN, NNP
Kristin Leahy graduated from George Mason University in 1997 with a BSN and was fortunate to start working in the NICU as new graduate. Traveling with her husband who was on active duty in the Coast Guard she worked in numerous Level III NICU’s – Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA, Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH and Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. She finished her MSN from the University of Alabama in 2010 and became a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Prior to starting with Coastal Carolina Neonatology at New Hanover Medical Center in February of 2013, Kristin worked at Jersey Shore Medical University as NNP-BC.

 

Julie Oliver, MSN, NNP-BC
Julie Oliver earned her MSN from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Prior to moving to Wilmington in 2006, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and an NNP at Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. In addition to clinical duties Julie is also involved in the Vermont Oxford Network and different Quality Improvement initiatives in the NICU.

 

Debra Parker, MSN, NNP
Debra Parker, MSN, NNP graduated in 1982 from Watts School of Nursing and her BSN from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988. Debbie graduated in 1990 from Georgetown University NNP program and then in 2008 from State University of New York MSN program. She has worked as a NNP for 24 yrs. She recently moved back to North Carolina from Omaha Nebraska where she was the lead NNP for 4 years at Methodist Women's Hospital. She presently works at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.

 

Paula Roach, NNP
Paula B. Roach, NNP is a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner and joins us from Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg. Prior, she worked at the Women’s Hospital of Greensboro. She is a member of the NC Association of Neonatal Nurses, NC Nurses Association, Carolinas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (CANNP), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN).

Joan Robbins, NNP-BC
Joan Robins began at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in the mid 70’s as a Respiratory Therapist. After several years of caring for adults and children, she realized her passion was caring for critical infants. Joan returned to University of North Carolina @ Wilmington in 1979 to attend the nursing program. In 1983 she began in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a Registered Nurse. At that time there were 5 “intensive care” beds. As Wilmington grew, the NICU expanded. In 1991 she resigned her position as staff RN to attend the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at Pitt Memorial Hospital/East Carolina University in Greenville,NC. After completion Joan returned to the NICU as a Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her clinical duties, she is a Regional NRP Instructor and Lead STABLE Instructor.

 

Janet Robnett, RN, MSN, NNP-BC
Janet Robnett, RN, MSN, NNP-BC attended Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC where she received her diploma degree in nursing in 1978. She worked as a RN certified in the care of high-risk infants in the Level 3 NICU at Presbyterian holding various positions including staff nurse, charge nurse, preceptor, and discharge coordinator. She was instrumental in introducing developmental care into the NICU and later instrumental in obtaining a grant to provide for developmental follow up referrals. She continued her education at East Carolina University where she received her Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Neonatal Nursing in 2008. She has practiced as an NNP-BC in Level 2 and Level 3 NICUs prior to joining Coastal Carolina Neonatology in 2012. She is certified in BLS, NRP, and PALS. Her interests include family centered care.

 

Jeffrey Siebert, RN, NNP
Jeff Siebert attended Ivy Tech College on South Bend Indiana where he received his Associates nursing Degree in Nursing in 1997. He went on to work in the NICU at South Bend Memorial Until 2000, at which time he relocated to Cape Coral Florida where he worked for the next ten years at the Children’s Hospital of Florida in Fort Myers Florida. During his time at the Children’s Hospital, he was on the NICU transport team, the PICC line team, and charge nurse. He went on to obtain his BSN from NOVA University in Fort Myers Florida and then graduated with a Master’s degree in the NNP program at the University of South Alabama in 2010. At that time, he relocated to San Antonio Texas to work for Pediatrix Medical group as an NNP. There he worked at 7 of the largest NICU’s servicing the San Antonio area. In 2013 he relocated to Swansboro North Carolina to be closer to family. He is currently employed by Coastal Carolina Neonatology and works at Camp Lejeune in the Special Care Nursery.


 

Kerri Smith, NNP
Originally from California, Kerri Smith is a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner, working for CCNEO at the Naval Hospital in Camp LeJeune.  She received her MSN- NNP from Duke University School of Nursing, her BSN in Nursing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and her ASN in Nursing from Palm Beach Community College. Prior to joining CCNEO , Kerri served as a nurse practitioner and a staff nurse in a variety of hospitals, most recently from Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York and Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, where she received a hospital-sponsored scholarship to Duke to become an NNP. She is licensed in North Carolina and New York and certified in NCC, BLS for Healthcare Providers, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Provider.


Sarah Williamson, MSN, NNP-BC

Sarah Williamson RNC-NIC, NNP-BC, originally from Richmond, Virginia received her undergraduate and graduate training at East Carolina University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2004 and her Masters of Science in Nursing w/ a concentration in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 2008. She joined Coastal Carolina Neonatology in May of 2009. Prior to joining the medical team as a certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, she was a staff nurse, certified in the care of high-risk neonates in the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for several years. She is a certified NRP instructor and S.T.A.B.L.E. instructor. Her interests include management of the late preterm infant and supporting family centered care.

 

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