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

Tamara M. Kear, PhD

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

Areas of Expertise:

  • Kidney failure
  • Hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal
  • Hypertension in Haitian immigrants
  • Transformative learning in nursing education


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, is an expert in kidney failure and the treatment options available to patients,, includinging hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation. In addition to these, Dr. Kear has also performed extensive research on transformative learning in nursing education.


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

Selected Publications:

  • “The Use of Narrative Analysis to Study Transformative Learning in Associate Degree Nursing Students: A Focus on the Methodology.” Teaching and Learning in Nursing, January 2012.
  • “Teaching Dialyzer Designers of the Future.” Nephrology Nursing Journal, May-June 2011.
  • “Chronic Kidney Disease: While Dialysis Cannot Fully Replace the Functions of the Kidney, They Can Erase Symptoms of CKD.” Advance for Nurses, January 2011.

Selected Professional Experience:

  • Consultant; National League for Nurses
  • Clinical editor of the Nursing Practice Division; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
  • Editor; Nephrology Nursing Journal


  • American Nephrology Nurses’ Research Grant; supported “Hemodialysis Catheter Outcomes: No Dressing Coverage and Randomized Prescribed Showering Study” by the American Nephrology Nurses’ Associations research committee.
  • Sister M. Fenton Joseph Fitzpatrick Research Award (Sigma Theta Tau International); supported doctor research study, “An Investigation of Transformative Learning Experiences during Associate Degree Nursing Education Using Narrative Methods.”


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