Ashley Darcy, PhD, ARNP-BC

Georgetown University, School of Nursing and health Studies, Washington, DC, BS in Nursing and Certificate of International Health

University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, Master of Science in Nursing-Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program

University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, Doctor of Philosophy


After attending the prestigious University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University for her education Ashley Darcy gained significant clinical experience in the Charge Nurse role at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a Clinical Level III registered nurse in a 36-bed Intensive Care Nursery within a 500 plus bed academic health center with the ANCC Magnet designation. Ms. Darcy has specialized in providing medically-unstable newborns that require complex, multi system life support, mechanical ventilation and invasive cardiovascular monitoring. In conjunction with the hospital administration Ms. Darcy also served as the site coordinator for the Vermont Oxford Network Faculty-Adjusted Staffing, Nurse Practice Environment and NICU Outcomes & The Effect of Nursing on NICU patient outcomes. 

Her research experience during her tenure collaborated with an interdisciplinary team to analyze evidence-based educational resources are available for nurses and health care providers to offer appropriate assessment and care for vulnerable newborns. In addition she also served as a research assistance facilitating retention in HIV-Oriented Primary Care: A randomized clinical trial between Georgetown University & Whitman Walker Clinic located in Washington, DC.  

Her published articles include but are not limited to various subjects specific to the complications of the late preterm infant, obesity in youth and studies involving noise and its effects on the NICU surroundings. Ms. Darcy has presented around the country and is an active member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care as well as the National Student Nurses Association. She is board certified as a Neonatal Nurse practitioner.  She also assists in  mentoring the University of Miami School of Medicine ARNP nursing students through our many local healthcare facilities.  Ms. Darcy enjoys spending time enriching the lives of not just her patients but the families as she believes in the concept of family centered care. Making a difference in the lives of the patients and their parents allow Ms. Darcy to be a valuable part of the South Dade Neonatology Team.

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