Pam O'Neal

Ph.D., RN



1610 Ben Graves Drive
Nursing Building
Room 216
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. , Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MSN in Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, University Tennessee in Memphis
  • BSN, Union University
  • BS in Psychology, Union University
  • AS in Nursing, Union University

Clinical Expertise

  • Critical care - Pulmonary and Cardiac
  • Nursing administration
  • Outpatient Day Surgery


  • Airway management across the lifespan
  • Suction effectiveness of equipment, secretion rheology, and provider performance
  • Critical care and mechanical ventilation
  • Omics with a focus in microbiomics and exposomics

Recent Publications

  • Rummel, E., Evans, E., O’Neal, P.V. (2021). Educating certified nurse assistants to communicate skin changes to reduce pressure injuries. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 47(8), 21-28. https://doi:10.3928/00989134-20210624-04. Featured article.

  • Ahmed, K., Kim, K., Ricart, K., Van Der Pol, W., Qi, X., Bamman, M., Behrens, C., Fisher, G., Boulton, M., Morrow, C., O'Neal, P., & Patel, R. Potential role for age as a modulator of oral nitrate reductase. Nitric Oxide, 108, 1-7.

  • O’Neal, P.V., & Adams, E.D. (2020). Is the newborn microbiome disrupted by routine newborn suction? An exploratory approach for policy development. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 34(3), 231-238.

  • Johnson, J., Adams, E.D., & O’Neal, P.V. (2020). Promoting and protecting the gastrointestinal newborn microbiome through breastfeeding practices. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 34(3), 222-230.

  • Red, A., & O’Neal, P.V. (2020). Implementation of an evidenced based oral care protocol to improve the delivery of mouth care in nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 46(5), 33-39.

  • Alexander, S., & O’Neal, P. (2019). Scientific inquiry meets the bedside: Improving practices in airway management. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 33(3), 114-116.h ttps://

  • O’Neal, P.V., Black, C.B., Adams, E.D., & Armentrout, D. (2019). Human factors associated with the mechanical use of manual bulb suction devices. Nursing Research, 68(3), 1-5.

  • Barnby, B., Reynolds, M., & O’Neal, P. (2019). Genomic science – from 2001 to present day – What school nurses need to know. NASN School Nurse, 34(4), 245-239.

  • Linn, D.M., & ONeal, P.V. (2018). Applying the Public Health Exposome Model to improve kidney disease outcomes for patients and populations. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 45(6), 571-578, 613.

  • Adams, E.A., O’Neal, P.V., Hanson, L.A., Norris, C., Ayers, A., & Harbin, B. (2018). A descriptive study of the practice of newborn airway clearance. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 43(6), 306-312.

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