Dr. Newman earned her nursing degree at UTHSC, a master’s degree in medical-surgical nursing at the University of California at San Francisco, and her PhD in Nursing Science at New York University. Her career as a nurse theorist, researcher, and educator involved serving in various positions, including professor at the University of Minnesota, faculty at UTHSC, PhD program director at New York University, leading the graduate and research in nursing program at Pennsylvania State University, and a civilian consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General for Nursing Research.

Her published books related to her theory include, “Health as Expanding Consciousness,” “A Developing Discipline,” and “Transforming Presence: The Difference That Nursing Makes.” Dr. Newman first presented ideas on her theory more than four decades ago. Dr. Newman was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, received the Sigma Theta Tau award for Excellence in Research, and was honored as an outstanding alumna by both UTHSC and New York University.