Carolyn Herrington PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CLC

Carolyn Herrington PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CLC

Assistant Professor (Clinical)

256 Cohn

Office hours

 By appointment

Carolyn Herrington PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CLC


  • BSN - Michigan State University
  • MSN - Wayne State University
  • PhD - Wayne State University
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Lactation Counselor

Research Interests

Pain assessment and pain management in preterm infants

Nonpharmacologic pain management in preterm infants

Complementary and Alternative Therapies across populations


Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with 43 years of expertise in the Newborn ICU in several capacities. I continue to work in the NICU 24 hours/month

Selected Publications


Nantais-Smith, L. & Herrington, C.J. (2017). Assessing growth parameters in the newborn: Identifying abnormal findings. Chapter 4 in S. Belline & M. Beaulieu (Eds.) Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing: A Case-Based Approach. Springer Publishing, 

Nantais-Smith, L. & Herringtl  Module available, C.J. (2016). Noninvasive ventilation in the preterm infant. CNE Now! National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Walker, D.S., Edwards, W.E., & Herrington, C. 2016. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: information nurse practitioners need to know. The Nurse Practitioner Journal. 41(6); 29-34.

Herrington, C.J. & Chiodo, L.M. (2014), Human touch effectively and safely reduces pain in the newborn intensive care unit. Pain Management Nursing. 15(1): 107-115.


Honors and Awards

  • Sigma Theta Tau International/Council for Advancement of Nursing Science Award
  • Midwest Regional Pain Society Poster Award, Third Place 

Current Research

2017 -Comparison of Salivary Cortisol Levels and Galvanic Skin Response in Identifying
Pain Response to Heel Stick under Standard Care, Swaddling, and Gentle Human Touch in the
NICU. Funded by National Association of Neonatal Nurses, Small Grant Award and the Ada Jacox Pain and Symptom Management Award, WSU Office of Health Research. $10,000. 

Courses Taught

•NUR 6510 – Policy, Politics, and Advanced Practice Nursing

•NUR 7030 – Advanced Physical Assessment of the Neonate

•NUR 7225 – Clinical Care and Management of the Neonate I

•NUR 7226 - Clinical Care and Management of the Neonate II

•NUR 7227 - Clinical Care and Management of the Neonate III

 NUR 8630 -Conceptual Methodologies in Health Policy Leadership and Ethics

NUR 7865 -Foundations of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

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