School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.


Sarah E. Newton, PhD, RN

Sarah E. Newton, PhD, RN

Associate Professor 
3040 Human Health Building 
Phone: (248) 364-8771


Dr. Newton began her tenure at Oakland in 1997 as an Assistant Professor in the SON after completing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Michigan. Her clinical nursing specialty was adult liver transplantation and research and scholarship was initially focused on adult liver transplant recipient return to work post-transplant. As the Undergraduate Program Director, she oversees all three academic tracks of the SON undergraduate program (Accelerated Second  Degree, Basic-BSN and the BSN degree completion sequence for registered nurses) and report directly to the Associate Dean. In addition to her role as UPD, during the 2011-2012 academic year, she served as the primary author on the SON’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation self-study report. The SON undergraduate program received full CCNE accreditation for 10 years, through 2022. She is passionate about writing for the discipline of nursing and her scholarship now focuses on nursing education with  emphasis on undergraduate student/program outcomes and pedagogy. 

  • PhD, The University of Michigan, 1997 
  • MS, The University of Michigan 1987 
  • BSN, The University of Michigan 1982 
Adult Liver Transplantation, Acute Pain Management, Health Behaviors, Nursing Theory 

  • Return to Work post-liver transplantation 
  • Writing abilities of nursing students 
  • Graduate study in nursing 
  • Nursing Theory 
  • Scientific Inquiry 
  • Advanced Practice Nursing 
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society 
  • Sigma Theta Tau International – Rho and Theta Psi Chapters 
  • The University of Michigan Nurses’ Alumni Association 
  • International Transplant Nursing Society