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Tosha Harris, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

Tosha Harris

Assistant Professor
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Concentration Coordinator
874 Union Ave., Room 203
Memphis, TN 38163

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Tosha Harris, a Louisiana native, joined the University of Tennessee (UT) Health Science Center College of Nursing in January 2023. She is currently an Assistant Professor and serves as the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Concentration Coordinator.

Dr. Harris was inspired to become a neonatal nurse even before completing nursing school at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999. After 10 years of collaborating with the extraordinary neonatal nurse practitioners in her unit, she decided to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Northwestern State University in Shreveport, Louisiana. While in school, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Harris and her family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2012, where she began work as a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The mentorships experienced during her time there were instrumental in honing her clinical and leadership skills.

In 2017, she accepted an inaugural position as one of two NNPs at a Level III NICU with an active delivery service in Tupelo, MS. While there, she helped to establish the NNP role in that setting. In 2018, she graduated from the UT Health Science Center College of Nursing with her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Before joining the faculty, she practiced in Level III and IV NICUs throughout the country. Her practice demonstrates a passion for neonatal care, especially from a trauma-informed framework, and for empowering future clinicians and leaders through education and professional development.

Dr. Harris is active in her professional organization, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). She was selected for the second cohort of the NANN/Synova Emerging Leader Fellowship in 2018. Since then, she has presented at NANN annual conferences as a podium and poster presenter, served as volunteer faculty for the UT Health Science Center College of Nursing, performed as a manuscript reviewer for Advances of Neonatal Care, and co-authored several book chapters. In addition, she is currently serving as editor of the NANN E-News bi-monthly newsletter. She serves in an elected position on the leadership council for the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) and serves as secretary of the UT Health Science Center College of Nursing Alumni Board.

Jan 17, 2024