Expertise: Dr. Neal’s areas of clinical expertise are in Pediatrics and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), during which she worked as a staff nurse, transport nurse, and neonatal nurse educator. Her areas of research focus are on developmental care for preterm infants in the NICU and educational strategies related to teaching undergraduate nursing students. Publications include:
- Neal, D. O. & Lindeke, L. L. (2008). Music as a nursing intervention for preterm infants in the NICU. Neonatal Network® The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 27(5), 319-327.
- Minnesota Baccalaureate Psychomotor Skill Faculty. (2008). Caring behaviors demonstrated by baccalaureate nursing students completing the psychomotor skill of blood pressure measurement. Journal of Nursing Education, 47(3), 98-104.
- Simones, J., Neal, D. O., Schug, V., Blazovich, L. M., Pivec, C., Daniels, J.,… Keller, P. (2014). Student nurses’ reported thinking during medication administration. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4(11), 136-146.
- Forneris, S. G., Neal, D. O. Tiffany, J., Kuehn, M. B., Meyer, H. M., Blazovich, L. M., Holland, A. E., Smerillo, M. (2015). Enhancing clinical reasoning through simulation debriefing: A multisite study. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(5), 304-310.
Other manuscripts, “Medication Administration For Advanced Diploma Student Nurses In Tanzania” and “Enhancing Clinical Reasoning: Teaching Thinking Through Debriefing,” are both in progress.
Education: 1983- BS in Nursing: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN;
1988- MS in Maternal-Child Health Nursing and Education: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ;
2008- PhD in Nursing within the Center For Children With Special Health Care Needs and a minor in Complementary Therapies and Healing Practices: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.