DNP Duke University, Durham, NC
MSN-NNP University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
BSN Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI
Work and Education
Dr. Newberry began teaching at Baylor University in 2020. She previously taught at East Carolina University in the MSN-NNP program. Dr. Newberry is a practicing neonatal nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience and specializes in advanced practice neonatal nursing.
Dr. Newberry will serve on the DNP taskforce at Baylor University. Dr. Newberry serves as a hospital based Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor. She also serves as a section editor for the neonatal nursing journal, Advances in Neonatal Care and is a guest reviewer for Advances in Neonatal Care and Neonatal Network.
In the past, Dr. Newberry has served on many Nursing School Committees. These include the CIPR taskforce, NNP program recruitment and retention coordinator and the MSN Workbook committee. She has served on many hospital-based committees including the peripherally inserted central catheter, infection control and chronic lung disease committees.
Articles and Presentations
Outside the classroom, Dr. Newberry contributes to both nursing publications and nursing associations. She has authored and co-authored two book chapters and over 30 articles in peer-reviewed, national neonatal nursing journals.
In 2020, she authored an editorial in Advances in Neonatal Care entitled “Coronavirus disease 2019: The pregnant woman, newborn and risk of vertical transmission.” She also recorded a webinar for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) entitled “Coronavirus 2019: The neonate, risk of vertical transmission and perinatal/neonatal management strategies.” In 2018, she delivered a presentation entitled “Congenital Tuberculosis” for the Carolinas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (CANNP).
She is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and the Academy of Neonatal Nurses (ANN). Her research interests involve the examination of non-invasive practices to improve care and provide optimal health to premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Specific research interests include the utilization of placental blood for neonatal admission labs and transcutaneous bilirubin monitoring in premature infants.
Finally, Desi is involved in her local community; volunteering in the church, local food bank and in the public school system. She has also served on a medical mission trip to Tom Gato, Haiti.