Donna Hallas

Donna M Hallas


Clinical Professor
Program Director, Pediatrics NP

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433 First Avenue
Room 526
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Donna Hallas is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and a certified pediatric mental health specialist. She is a Fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). Dr. Hallas is a Faculty Scholar of the International Qualitative Institute at Alberta Canada. At NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Dr. Hallas prepares pediatric nurse practitioner students to provide quality health care services for infants, children, adolescents and young adults within a family centered framework. She maintains a practice as a PNP in primary care for high risk children. She has presented at national and international conferences on implementation of evidence-based practice in ambulatory pediatric health care centers. Her research focus is on improving health care outcomes for pediatric patients. She has presented the results of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to improve the social-emotional development of toddlers and improve maternal confidence in caring for toddlers at research conferences. She presented a qualitative study on the social and emotional development of adolescents whose mothers died during their pre-teen and teenage years. She implemented a funded study on oral health care for newborns and young children. She worked collaboratively with dental faculty to improve the oral health care of children from diverse populations. She is published in peer reviewed journals on the oral health care needs of young children and has designed a new approach for oral health assessment in young children office based practices. She was a content expert for the American Academy of Pediatrics for the design of a web-based program for pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and all primary care providers on oral health assessments, management, and referrals for children and adolescents to improve the oral health care and status of this population. She served as an expert panel member for the systematic evaluation of oral health programs through a grant from Robert Woods Johnson. She is the PI on a funded study and will conduct a “RCT to Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy in Prenatal Women and Mothers of Newborns” in 2016-2017. She is also the PI on a funded HRSA grant to develop “An Innovative Academic-Clinical Partnership: Primary care Practitioner Preceptor Development Program” (2016-2019). She is the recipient of the 2016 AANP Nurse Practitioner Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice (New York State). 

PhD, 1999, Adelphi University
MS, 1991, State University of New York
BS, 1990, Adelphi University
MS, 1979, Indiana University
BS, 1974, University of Hartford
Diploma, 1971, St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing
Honors and awards
American Association of Nurse Practitioners New York State Award for Excellence; (2016)
Named One of the Top Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Faculty in the U.S. (2014)
New York University College of Dentistry Distinguished Educator Award; (2012)
Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2011)
Nelms-Miller Editorial Award, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (2011)
Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island (2010)
Award for Excellence in Education Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter (2009)
Outstanding Contribution Team Award, President, Pace University NCLEX Success Team (2006)
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner’s Presidents Award for Excellence for the Manuscript (2003)
Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership , Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter (1993)
Fellow, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (1991)
Health and Public Affairs Scholarship Winning Essay (1990)
Induction Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter, International Honor Society for Nurses (1990)
Honors Graduate, Adelphi University (1990)
Primary care
Mental health
Professional membership
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Fellows AANP
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF)
Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Faculties (AFPNPF)
International Institute of Qualitative Methodology
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter and Upsilon Chapter
Greater New York Chapter of NAPNAP

Evaluation of the clinical hour requirement and attainment of core clinical competencies by nurse practitioner students.

Hallas, D., Biesecker, B., Brennan, M., Newland, J. A., & Haber, J. (2012). Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 24, (544-53). 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00730.x

The purpose of this study was to analyze the national practice of fulfilling 500 clinical hours as a requirement for graduation from nurse practitioner (NP) programs at the master's level and to compare this standard to a comprehensive approach of evaluating attainment of clinical competencies.

Nursing strategies to reduce the incidence of early childhood caries in culturally diverse populations.

Hallas, D., Fernandez, J., Lim, L., & Carobene, M. (2011). Journal of pediatric nursing 26, (248-56). 10.1016/j.pedn.2009.07.010

In the United States, early childhood caries (ECC) is a major unmet health care need adversely affecting the overall health of young children from diverse ethnic populations. Nurses who work in the newborn nursery, pediatrics, public, and community health centers have a unique opportunity to positively influence a change in this epidemic of ECC. Guided by Leininger's theory of cultural care, these authors describe ways to implement a comprehensive culturally sensitive oral health education program for parents of newborns and infants. Interventions based on the best available evidence for oral health education, a culturally sensitive caries risk assessment, recommendations for fluoride varnish treatments, and ways for parents to establish a dental home for the infant by 12 months old are presented.

A model for successful foster child–foster parent relationships

Hallas, D. (2002). Journal of Pediatric Health Care 16, (112-118). 10.1067/mph.2002.117449 Elsevier BV.

A guide to scholarly writing in nursing.

Hallas, D., & Feldman, H. R. Imprint 53, (80-3).

Attitudes and beliefs for effective pediatric nurse practitioner and physician collaboration.

Hallas, D. M., Butz, A., & Gitterman, B. Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners 18, (77-86). 10.1016/j.pedhc.2003.09.009

The purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes and beliefs of pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and pediatricians concerning collaborative practice relationships and to explore the themes that emerged to establish a definition of collaborative practice between PNPs and pediatricians as it applies to current practice trends.

Evidence-based care management of the late preterm infant.

Souto, A., Pudel, M., & Hallas, D. Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners 25, (44-9). 10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.04.002

Evidence-based practice: the paradigm shift.

Hallas, D., & Melnyk, B. M. Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners 17, (46-9). 10.1067/mph.2003.14

Role of pediatric nurse practitioners in oral health care.

Hallas, D., & Shelley, D. Academic pediatrics 9, (462-6). 10.1016/j.acap.2009.09.009

Dental caries remain the most prevalent unmet health need in US children. Access to care is particularly problematic for poor children and is compounded by the shortage of dentists to meet the needs of this patient population. Expanding the roles of pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) who provide primary care services to children may be a strategy to address in this issue. Enhancements in current PNP education and certification processes are needed to support the expansion of oral health-related clinical responsibilities. Although oral health is included in the published curriculum for PNPs and certification exams require specific oral health knowledge, gaps in postgraduate training persist and few data document the extent to which current oral health-related educational goals are being achieved. We recommend enhancements in oral health education and research to evaluate curriculum innovations, the development of partnerships between stakeholder groups to leverage existing resources, and ongoing surveillance of oral health-related practice patterns among PNPs. Leadership at the national level is needed to develop policies that support curriculum changes and the implementation of oral health practice guidelines for PNPs that will improve access and reduce health disparities.

Uncharacteristic bullous lesions on a newborn: what's your diagnosis?

Oppenheimer, J., & Hallas, D. Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners 25, (186-90). 10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.10.002