Dawn C. Thomas, RN, MSN, CPN

  • Research Nurse Coordinator

Dawn Thomas has been a pediatric nurse for 38 years, working at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. While working at Children’s, she held many roles including Staff Nurse for NICU, Transport Team, Respiratory Dependent Care, and Cardiac Cath lab. She held a Research Nurse Coordinatorposition in Pediatric Cardiology before moving on to the specialty of Vascular Access where she held roles as Supervisor and Clinician/Programmatic Nurse Specialist. She was also a Unit Director over a medical unit specializing in GI and Pulmonology and the Vascular Access Team.

In 2017, she became an employee of the University of Pittsburgh but continues to work at Children’s as a Research Nurse Coordinator in the Clinical Research Support Staff. In this position she works with research in areas including Newborn Medicine, Cardiology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, GI, Endocrine,Neurology, Pulmonology and RK Mellon. She works along side of other coordinators, regulatory staff, clinical staff and Principal Investigators in all these areas. She is knowledgeable in both sponsor and investigator-initiated studies. These studies are a variety of medication, placebo controlled, registry and observational studies.

Dawn has a Master of Science degree in Nursing and holds a Certification in Pediatric Nursing She was board certified in Vascular Access until 2019. She was also certified in PICC insertions and taught many classes to staff in this field. She has presented in multiple arenas for Vascular access and participated on task forces for the Vascular Access Certification Board.

Dawn has been a co-author of publications in pediatricheart transplant and pain associated with vascular access. She also acted as a reviewer of a Pediatric policy and procedure manual for Vascular Access.She is co-author of another recently submitted article for cardiomyocyte division.

Education & Training

  • Licensed Practical Nurse, Connelley Skill Learning Center, 1978
  • RN, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, 1981
  • BSN, California University of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • MSN, Chatham University, 2011

Selected Publications

Pediatric Reviewer for: Infusion Nurses Society Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy: Neonate to Adolescent. 2nd Edition; 2016

Pasek T, Thomas D, Khimji I, Schmitt C, Spence A, Hanni R. Implementation of a Nurse-Driven Topical Analgesic Protocol: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back. Pediatric Pain Letter. December, 2007.

Webber SA, Harmon W, Faro A, Green M, Sarwal M, Hayashi R, Canter C, Thomas D, Jaffe R, Fine R. Anti-CD20 Monoclonal Antibody (Rituximab) for Refractory PTLD after Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation: Multicenter Experience from a Registry and from a Prospective Clinical Trial. Abstract Presented at the American Society of Hematology, San Diego. December, 2004.