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Katherine Finn Davis, PhD, APRN, CPNP

Director for Community Partnerships & Associate Specialist

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 410
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-5421
Fax: (808) 956-3257

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Dr. Davis has over 20 years of experience as a pediatric nurse, nurse practitioner, and researcher. At the University of Hawaii, she is committed to developing collaborative relationships between universities, healthcare systems, and government agencies to implement strategic responses to community and nursing workforce needs while engaging community organizations to inform program offerings and curricula. She is skilled and passionate about leading interprofessional teams to implement research and evidence to inform clinical practice at the bedside and in the community to improve health outcomes and quality of care.

Her research interests include the effects of disrupted sleep on health outcomes, with a special interest in behavioral sleep disorders, as well as implementing innovative approaches to embed evidence based practices in healthcare settings. She has published peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and lay publications and received many writing awards. She serves as peer reviewer for numerous nursing and medical journals and has spoken nationally about her research and evidence based practice endeavors.

Dr. Davis is a fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.


PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
MSN, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
BSN, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Research Fellow, NIH Summer Genetics Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Business Certificate, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Clinical Practice

Pediatric Primary Care (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner)

Research Focus

Innovative approaches to embed evidence based practices in healthcare settings; sleep disorders and behaviors; health outcomes

Recent Publications

DiGerolamo, K. & Davis, K.F. (2017). An integrative review of pediatric fall risk assessment
tools. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 34, 23-28. doi:

Sanders, R.C., Nett, S.T., Davis, K.F., Parker, M.M., Bysani, G.K., Nadkarni, V., & Nishisaki, A. (2016) Family presence during pediatric tracheal intubations. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics. 170(3):e154627. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.4627.

Merrigan, K., Steinmiller, E., Figueroa-Altmann, A., & Davis, K.F. (2016). KIDS CARE: A model to influence patient and family satisfaction. Pediatric Nursing, 42(2), 89-94.

Helman, S., Lisanti, A., Field, C., Adams, A., & Davis, K.F. (2016). High risk low volume therapies: A synergistic approach to ensure patient safety. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 31(1), 33-39. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000131

Clifford, P., Heimall, L., Brittingham, L., & Davis, K.F. (2015). Following the evidence: Enteral tube placement and verification in neonates and young children. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 29(2), 149-161. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000104.

Golem, D.L., Martin-Biggers, J.T., Koenings, M.M., Davis, K.F., & Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2014). An integrative review of sleep for nutrition professionals. Advances in Nutrition, 5(6), 742-759. doi: 10.3945/an.114.006809

Davis, K.F., Colebaugh, A.M. Eithun, B.L., Klieger, S.B., Meredith, D.J., Plachter, N., Sammons, J.S., Thompson, A., & Coffin, S.E. (2014). Reducing pediatric catheter-associated urinary tract infections: A quality improvement initiative. Pediatrics, 134(3), e857-e864. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-3470

Howard, D., Davis, K.F., Phillips, E., Ryan, E., Scalford, D., Flynn-Roth, R., & Ely, E. (2014). Pain management for pediatric tonsillectomy: An integrative review through the perioperative and home experience. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 19(1), 5-16. doi:10.1111/jspn.12048

Scalford, D., Flynn-Roth, R., Howard, D., Ryan, E., Phillips, E., Davis, K.F., & Ely, E. (2013). Pain management of children 5-10 years old post adenotonsillectomy. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 28(6), 353-360. doi:

Meltzer, L., Davis, K.F., & Mindell, J.A. (2012). Patient and parent sleep in a children’s hospital. Pediatric Nursing, 38(2), 64-71.

*Heimall, L., Storey, B., Stellar, J.J., & Davis, K.F. (2012). Beginning at the bottom: Evidence based care of diaper dermatitis. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal and Child Nursing, 37(1), 10-16. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e31823850ea. Note: selected to be the CE article of the month.

*The Perineal Skin Care Guidelines for Diapered/Incontinent Patients from this article was featured in the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Neonatal Skin Care Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guideline, 3rd ed., (2013), 89.

Colfer, A., Brodecki, D., Hutchins, L., Stellar, J.J., & Davis, K.F. (2011). Technology supporting research and quality improvement: A success story. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 26, 595-596.
doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2011.08.007

Funded Grants

Improving the Safety of Pediatric Tracheal Intubations in ICUs with Apneic Oxygenation and Video Laryngoscopes
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ 1R18HS024511-01
April 8, 2016 to January 31, 2020

Effects of Post-Anesthesia Active Warming on Emergence Delirium
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
April 30, 2016 to August 31, 2016
Principal Investigator

Improving the safety and quality of tracheal intubation in pediatric ICUs
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ 1 R18 HS022464-01
September 30, 2013 to March 30, 2016

Improving Skin Care Practices during the Perioperative Process
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
May 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013

The Skin Injury Prevalence Study
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Stellar
November 1, 2010 to January 31, 2013

Testing the Efficacy of a Vibrating, Cold Device for Pediatric IV Cannulation Pain Relief in the Emergency Department.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
July 1, 2010 to July 31, 2012

Pain Management of Children 5-10 years-old Undergoing Adenotonsillectomy Surgery: A Chart Review Study
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
March 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010

The Effect of Sleep Disturbances (Sleep Loss) on Immune Response to a Vaccine Challenge in Children 2-18 years-old
NIH Pediatric Researcher Loan Repayment Program
June 1, 2006 to May 31, 2008
Principal Investigator

Health Outcomes Related to Preschooler’s Sleep Behaviors
NIH, National Institute of Nursing Research, 1 F31 NR008830-01
September 1, 2003 to December 31, 2005
Principal Investigator

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