Stacey Sears, DNP, CPNP-AC

Stacey Sears, DNP, CPNP-AC

Instructor (Clinical) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care Specialty Coordinator

241 Cohn, 5557 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Office hours

By appointment

Stacey Sears, DNP, CPNP-AC

Bio Sketch

After earning her BSN from Madonna University on a softball scholarship, Dr. Sears began working as a registered nurse at Beaumont Hospital, initially in the neonatal intensive care unit before transferring to the pediatric intensive care unit. After earning her MSN in the pediatric nurse practitioner-acute care specialty from the Wayne State College of Nursing, she moved to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor in the pediatric intensive care unit, where she continues to practice. Dr. Sears earned her DNP from the University of Michigan to pursue a career in teaching. She is focused on helping her students achieve their dreams and inspiring them to be the best versions of themselves.


  • DNP and teaching certificate, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, 2021
  • MSN, Wayne State University, 2015
  • BSN, Madonna University, 2007

Research Interests

  • Pediatric critical care medicine and the inpatient hospital setting
  • Sepsis
  • Burns
  • ECMO
  • ARDS
  • Palliative Care
  • QI
  • Nursing education
  • Use of methylene blue in vasoplegic shock

DNP project planning:

  • Open to all DNP projects

Project types:

  • Program evaluation
  • Policy analysis
  • Quality improvement
  • Practice change

Theoretical frameworks:

  • Cheryl Cox: An interaction model of client health behavior
  • Theoretical prescription for nursing
  • Parse's Theory of Human Becoming
  • Pender's Health Promotion Model


  • Logic Model
  • PDSA

Analysis evaluation:

  • Program evaluation
  • Policy analysis

Writing/editing/manuscript preparation:

  • Poster development
  • Writing/editing DNP project proposals

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

  • Pediatric critical care medicine
  • QI initiatives
  • Pediatric health improvements
  • Burn management
  • Scope of practice
  • Pain management
  • ARDS
  • ECMO

Selected publications

  • Harding, M. , Sorkin, T. , McCaffery, H. , Pizzo, M. , Punches, A. , Sears, S. & Odetola, F. (2020). Parental Acute Stress due to Invasive Procedures in the Pediatric Intensive care Unit(link is external). Critical Care Medicine, 48(1), 396. doi: 10.1097/01.ccm.0000631468.53581.17.
  • Pollack, B & Sears, S. Infant with Neurological Changes and Respiratory Failure. Cases in Pediatric Acute Care: Strengthening Clinical Decision Making. Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell, 2020

Honors and Awards

  • Midwest Nursing Research Society DNP Project Award, 2020

Current Research

  • Sepsis screening tool in the PICU

Courses taught by Stacey Sears, DNP, CPNP-AC

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

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