Ruthanne Palumbo: DNP, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor

Ruthanne PalumboDr. Ruthanne Palumbo began her nursing career as a staff nurse at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after earning her ADN degree from Cape Fear Community College. She went on to earn her MSN-Nurse Educator degree from UNCW. Palumbo's nursing experience includes working as a bedside nurse, coordinator and a nurse manager at NHRMC and as an instructor for CFCC. She obtained her DNP with an emphasis in nursing education in 2016 from Gardner-Webb University before returning to UNCW as an assistant professor.

Palumbo's teaching responsibilities include Adult Health I: Clinical and Simulation component NHRMC-Oncology Rotation as well as Gerontological Nursing in the RN-BSN program. Her research interest is focused on opioid abuse, specifically IV drug use, and its prevalence within the Wilmington area. Palumbo is involved in community engagement, and is a NCNA-DNP Council Member in the Local-Southeastern Chapter.


  • 2016, DNP, Nursing Education, Gardner-Webb University
  • 2009, MSN, Nursing Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • 2004, ADN, Nursing, Cape Fear Community College

Research Interest

  • Identifying risk factors potentiating the use of intravenous opioids.
  • Development of risk assessment tool for opioid use.

Community Engagement

  • NCNA-DNP Council Member (Local-Southeastern Chapter)
  • NC Harm Reduction

View Ruthanne Palumbo's Curriculum Vitae