Ksenia Zukowsky, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

Associate Professor
Chair - Graduate Programs

Ksenia Zukowsky


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Ksenia Zukowsky, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

Associate Professor
Chair - Graduate Programs

Research & Clinical Interests

2007-2010 Co-Investigator, DHHS HRSA Bureau of Health Professions "Promoting Health Access: Online Graduate Programs for Rural Underserved Communities" 1-D09-HP-08336-01-00 Dr. Beth Ann Swan PI

July 2004-2007. Project Director: DHHS HRSA Bureau of Health Professions: "Neonatal Education Consortium". (D09HP02746-02-00) Dr. Mary Bowen PI


PhD, Steinhardt School of Education, Division of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY (2002)
MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1987)
BSN, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA (1985)
Diploma, Presbyterian School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA (1975)


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Nonopioid Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Bedside Placement of the Postpyloric Tube in Infants

Infant Skin Care Products: What Are the Issues?

Bathing and Beyond: Current Bathing Controversies for Newborn Infants

Ankyloglossia and the breastfeeding infant: Assessment and intervention

Practical planning to maintain premature infants' safety during magnetic resonance imaging: A systematic review

A National Survey of the Nursing Care of Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure in Canadian NICUs

Do nurses provide a safe sleep environment for infants in the hospital setting?: An integrative review

The use of role play for interdisciplinary teaching of palliative care communication skills

Hypothermia and Occlusive Skin Wrap in the Low Birth Weight Premature Infant: An Evidentiary Review

Guest editorial

Kids into health careers: A rural initiative

Implementing an MSN nursing program at a distance through an urban-rural partnership

When should students be eligible for certification?

Parenting after infertility: Issues for families and infants

A survey of the current neonatal nurse practitioner workforce

Breastfed Low-Birth-Weight Premature Infants: A Description of Nutritional Intake in the First 6 Months of Life

Breast-fed low-birth-weight premature neonates: Developmental assessment and nutritional intake in the first 6 months of life

Resubmission of a grant application: breastfeeding services for LBW infants.

Advanced ventilation in the neonate.

Professional Memberships

Philadelphia Perinatal Society. Treasurer (PPS)
Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Rho Chapter (STTI)
Member, National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)
Member, National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP)
Member, Delaware Valley Association of Neonatal Nurses (DVANN)
Member, National Association of National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
NONPF Member Resources Committee
American Nurses Association (ANA)
Committee Member: March of Dimes New Jersey Prematurity Campaign & Nurse of the Year Award


An outstanding educator, clinician, and mentor with broad expertise in women’s health and neonatal issues, and in matters related to care of the disabled and rural health care, Dr. Ksenia Zukowsky serves as Chair of Jefferson College of Nursing Graduate Program. She also is an assistant professor at Jefferson College of Nursing.

As an expert in neonatal nutrition, growth and development and palliative care, Dr. Zukowsky’s research demonstrated that feeding at least some human milk to otherwise-healthy low-birth weight premature infants led to improved mental and motor development assessments at six-month corrected age.

Dr. Zukowsky authored and initiated the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at Jefferson College of Nursing and also initiated the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner role in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s intensive care nursery.

Her work to develop online graduate nursing programs to improve care in underserved communities helped to increase the number of neonatal nurse practitioners working in rural Pennsylvania.

Dr. Zukowsky is a volunteer and consultant to Project HOPE in Neonatal Nursing Curriculum and mentors graduate faculty in Serra Leone and Malawi. 

She received the 2020 Thomas Jefferson University Award for Mentoring, acknowledging her commitment to effectively mentor junior faculty to achieve their full potential and also is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NAAN). In 2012-2013, she served as a Fellow in the Leadership of Academic Nursing Program at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Dr. Zukowsky has been a member of the Jefferson College of Nursing faculty since 2003, previously serving as Senior Associate Dean for the Graduate Program while also being Coordinator for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program. She also has served as Director, Women’s and Children’s Health Programs.

Before coming to Jefferson College of Nursing, her experience includes serving as a Lecturer in the Perinatal Neonatal Nursing Graduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and as a clinical instructor for an HEW-funded Neonatology Nursing Course, "Comprehensive Nursing Care of the Neonate," at St. Christopher’s’ Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Dr. Zukowsky’s clinical experience includes service as a neonatal nurse practitioner at both Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and DuPont Hospital for Children, as a neonatal nurse practitioner at

Osteopathic Medical Center in Philadelphia, and in various nursing positions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dr. Zukowsky earned her Ph.D. in nursing at New York University, her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, her bachelor’s degree in nursing at LaSalle University, and her nursing diploma at the Presbyterian School of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.