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Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNN - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNN Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNN

Associate Professor | M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing | Villanova University


Tamara M. Kear, PhD, RN, CNN, is an expert in kidney failure and treatments.



Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNN Publication






Areas of Expertise (5)

Nurse Safety

Dialysis Access

Kidney Disease


Patient Safety


Kidney disease and kidney failure are major health concerns among patients of all ages. When the kidneys fail, dialysis keeps the body in balance. Tamara M. Kear, Ph.D., RN, CNN is an expert in kidney failure and the treatment options available to patients, includinging hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation.

Dr. Kear’s scholarship focuses on safety in nephrology settings. She and her research colleague conducted the first national studies investigating the culture of safety and nurse safety in nephrology practice settings. The findings from these studies have been published and presented broadly. Dr. Kear also conducted the first study investigating patient handoff, another safety concern across nephrology settings.

Education (4)

Villanova University: PhD

Thomas Jefferson University: MSN

Gwynedd-Mercy College: BSN

Gwynedd-Mercy College: ASN

Select Accomplishments (3)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Collaborator (professional)

Dr. Kear traveled to Atlanta to speak at the CDC in 2016 and continues to collaborate with the CDC on educational initiatives for nephrology nurses that are distributed nationally.

Recipient of the 2013 Research Abstract Award by the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) (professional)

2013 Tamara M. Kear, Ph.D., R.N., CNN, received the 2013 Research Abstract Award from the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA), for her presentation "Hypertension in Haitian Migrant Communities in the Dominican Republic: An Investigation of Rural Bateyes." She has made several trips to the country with nursing students who monitor blood pressures of hundreds of adult and discuss risk factors, management and medications.

Recipient of the Apha Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing's Research Award (professional)


Affiliations (9)

  • President Elect of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)
  • Research Consultant for Main Line Health
  • Editorial Board, Nephrology Nursing Journal
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member for Kibow Biotech, Inc.
  • On the Stakeholders Committee for the Centers for Disease Control Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition
  • Legal Nurse Consultant/Expert Witness
  • Nephrology Nurse, Fresenius Kidney Care
  • Clinical Editor, Nursing Practice Division; A Wolters Kluwer Company
  • Member of Technical Expert Panel to assist The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services examine feasibility of implementing a Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey for dialysis patients

Research Grants (5)

Investigating Patient Hand-Off Across Nephrology Settings

American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) 


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Investigating Hand-off Communication in Nephrology Nurse Practice Settings

Barbara F. Prowant Nursing Research Grant 


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Examining the Impact of Self-Reported Engagement and Patterns of Nursing Contact on Health Utilization Outcomes Over Time

Newcourtland Center for Transitions and Health 


Supporting Investigation of the Patient Safety Culture in Nephrology Nurse Practice Settings

American Association of Kidney Patients: Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award 


Hemodialysis Catheter Outcomes: No Dressing Coverage and Randomized Prescribed Showering Study

American Nephrology Nurses Association 


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Select Academic Articles (5)

The Health and Safety of Nephrology Nurses and the Environments in Which They Work: Important for Nurses, Patients, and Organizations

Nephrology Nursing Journal

Ulrich, B & Kear, T.


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Current state-of-practice: Transportation for patients with end stage renal disease

Nephrology Nursing Journal

Park, Seri; Kear, Tamara M


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Patient Handoffs: What They Are and How They Contribute to Patient Safety

Nephrology Nursing Journal

Kear, T.


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Using Evidence-Based Practice to Move Beyond Doing Things the Way We Have Always Done Them

Nephrology Nursing Journal

Hain, D. J., and T. M. Kear


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Decreasing Infections in Nephrology Patient Populations: Back to Basics

Nephrology Nursing Journal

Kear, T. & Ulrich, B.


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