Areas of Expertise (6)
Neonatal Intensive Care
Nursing Workforce Issues
There are many proven short and long-term benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby. Dr. Hallowell is at the forefront of the drive to utilize nurses to assist new mothers with breastfeeding as they transition from hospital to home and improve neonatal outcomes. With more than 15 years of clinical experience in pediatrics and perinatal care, and as a Lactation Consultant, Dr. Hallowell is a valuable source on all aspects of breastfeeding and neonatal care, as well as an advocate for patient-centered, evidence-based healthcare that is supported by policy and open to innovation.
University of Pennsylvania: PhD
University of Pennsylvania: MSN
University of Toronto: BSN
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First Place Winner - Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab, Nursing & Community Health Innovations Spring 2016 Cohort (professional)
Jonas Foundation Health Policy Scholar for the Expert Panel on Breastfeeding at the American Academy of Nursing (professional)
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at University of Pennsylvania (professional)
- President, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners - Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Chapter
- Advocacy Scholar for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
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Active-shooter drills in schools may do more harm than good
Active-shooter drills in schools expose students to frighteningly realistic scenarios with masked intruders and loud gunfire sounds. They also may be doing more harm than good, says a Rutgers University–Camden nursing scholar who urges school and law enforcement officials alike to include school nurses in their plans to prepare for violent situations. …. Donna Mazyck of the National Association of School Nurses and Sunny Hallowell of Villanova University also co-authored "School Nurses Share Their Voices, Trauma, and Solutions by Sounding the Alarm on Gun Violence."
Trauma-Responsive Schools Must Be the New Gold Standard in Education
American schools are no longer places where children, teachers and staff feel safe. According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, 57 percent of teenagers now fear a school shooting. The troubled youths who commit mass shootings typically have many “red flags” that fit a dangerous profile. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida tragedy, parents and school districts sought immediate deployment of security specialists and emergency response procedures. However, the most effective interventions to address school violence may be to better understand what children experience at home through trauma-informed care.
How Does NICU Staffing Affect Babies' Outcomes?
Pebbles of Hope online
Pebbles of Hope releases today the sixth episode of its podcast series, Bridging the Gap, in which we explore the issues affecting NICU families in underserved communities. This latest episode features Dr. Sunny Hallowell, an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Researcher at Villanova University College of Nursing. In this episode, Cheryl Chotrani, Executive Director of Pebbles of Hope, speaks with Dr. Hallowell to discuss the impact of NICU staffing on the outcomes of babies. A condensed version of our conversation is below.
Commentary: 2 important reasons Congress should renew CHIP
Philadelphia Inquirer online
Today, 9 million families are hoping for Congress to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides access to health care and broad benefits designed for children, affecting more than 342,000 kids in Pennsylvania. Despite the divisive political climate and the recent failure of the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, CHIP could be one piece of legislation to unite the interests of Congress.
Guard the faith and make it grow, pope tells parents at baptism
Catholic Philly online
unny Hallowell, a pediatric nurse practitioner and assistant professor at Villanova University’s College of Nursing who encourages new mothers to breastfeed as they transition from hospital to home, welcomed the pope’s comments. “The normalization of breastfeeding during Mass has the potential to alleviate the anxiety of many mothers who invest considerable effort into breastfeeding their infants,” Hallowell said.
Study: Nurses’ work environment affects rate of babies discharged from NICU on breast milk
A study in the International Journal of Nursing Studies concludes when NICU nurses have better work environments and higher education levels (at least a BSN) and the units are adequately staffed, more babies are discharged on breast milk, according to a news release. NICUs with better work environments allow nurses time and resources and have more supportive nurse managers and collaborative working relationships between nurses and physicians. These factors enhance nurses’ ability to provide breastfeeding support, which significantly increases the percentage of infants who receive breast milk.
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How Nurse Work Environments Relate to the Presence of Parents in Neonatal Intensive CareAdvances in Neonatal Care
Hallowell, S.G., Lake, E.T., Rogowski, J.A.
Leveraging the Skills of Nurses and the Power of Language Nutrition to Ensure a Better Future for ChildrenAdvances in Neonatal Care
Mahoney, A. D., Zauche, L. H., Hallowell, S., Weldon, A., & Stapel-Wax, J.
Higher Quality of Care and Patient Safety Associated with Better NICU Work EnvironmentsJournal of nursing care quality
Lake, Eileen T., Sunny G. Hallowell, Ann Kutney-Lee, Linda A. Hatfield, Mary Del Guidice, Bruce Boxer, Lauren N. Ellis, Lindsey Verica, and Linda H. Aiken
Factors associated with infant feeding of human milk at discharge from neonatal intensive care: Cross-sectional analysis of nurse survey and infant outcomes dataInternational journal of nursing studies
Hallowell, S. G., Rogowski, J. A., Spatz, D. L., Hanlon, A. L., Kenny, M., & Lake, E. T.
Human Milk and Breastfeeding: An Intervention to Mitigate Toxic Stress?Nursing Outlook
Hallowell, S.G., Froh, E.B., Spatz, D.L.