Faculty Experts - Tamara M. Kear, PhD, RN, CNN

Tamara M. Kear, PhD

Tamara M. Kear, PhD, RN, CNN
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise:

  • Safety and culture of safety in dialysis units
  • Infection control in dialysis units
  • Kidney failure and treatments: hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation
  • Hypertension 
  • Evidence-based nephrology nursing practice 


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 also conducted the first national study with a nurse researcher colleague investigating the culture of safety in nephrology nurse settings. The findings from this study have been published and broadly presented. Dr. Kear also conducted the first study investigating patient handoff, another safety concern across nephrology settings. 


  • Ph.D., Villanova University
  • M.S., Thomas Jefferson University
  • B.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College

Selected Publications:

  • Kear, T. (2016). Patient Handoffs: What They Are and How They Contribute to Patient Safety. Journal of Nephrology Nursing. 43(4), 339-341.
  • Kear, T. & Ulrich, B. (2015). Decreasing Infections in Nephrology Patient Populations: Back to Basics. Journal of Nephrology Nursing. 42(5), 431-443.
  • Kear, T., Harrington, M. & Bhattacharya, A. (2015). Partnering with Patients Using Social Media to Develop a Hypertension Management Instrument. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension. 9(9), 725-734. 
  • Kear, T. & Ulrich, B. (2015). The Role of Interprofessional Collaboration in Supporting a Culture of Safety. Nephrology News & Issues29(8), 21, 25-26.  
  • Kear, T. & Ulrich, B. (2015). Patient Safety and Patient Safety Culture in Nephrology Nursing Practice Settings: Issues, Solutions, and Best Practices. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 42(2), 113-122.
  • Kear, T., Dork, L., Evans, E., Hain, D., & Schrauf, C. (2013). Patients’ Perceptions of Hemodialysis Cather Care Practices at Home Before and After Eliminating a Protective Dressing and Implementing a Showering Protocol. Journal of Infection Prevention, 14(6), 208-212.            

Selected Professional Experience:

  • Director, American Nephrology Nurses Association Board of Directors
  • Editorial Board; Nephrology Nursing Journal
  • Steering Committee Member, Renal Physicians Association National Dialysis Safety Initiative
  • Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition’s Medical Review Board's Infection Prevention Subcommittee
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Kibow Biotech, Inc. 


  • American Nephrology Nurses Association Research Grant. $10,000 to investigate patient hand-off across nephrology settings. April 2015.
  • Barbara Prowant American Nephrology Nurses Association Research Grant. $5,000 to investigate patient hand-off across nephrology settings. April 2015.
  • Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award: American Association of Kidney Patients. $2,500 to support investigation of the patient safety culture in nephrology nurse practice settings. August 2014.
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association: Keystone Chapter of ANNA. $500 to support hypertension research in the Dominican Republic with the Haitian migrant population. November 2013.
  • Alpha Nu Research Grant: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. $1,000 to support “Hypertension in Haitian Immigrants Living in the Dominican Republic: An Investigation of Rural Sugar Cane Communities.” November 2012.
  • American Nephrology Nurses Research Grant: American Nephrology Nurses’ Association. $15,000 to support “Hemodialysis Catheter Outcomes: No Dressing Coverage and Randomized Prescribed Showering Study.” Awarded to the five-member ANNA Research Committee. October 2011. 


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