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Dr. Anita Catlin, DNSc, FNP, FAAN
Office Nichols 274
Phone 707-664-2640

Office Hours

Daily by appointment

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Phone numbers at home 707 965 2379, cell 707-486-7998


Coordinator: Master's in Leadership and Management - Education and Administration Concentrations


Background and Education:NICU Equipment

My name is Anita Catlin and I am a nurse researcher and Professor of Nursing. My specialty is perinatal ethics and I also work as an ethics consultant. I have a family nurse practitioner master's degree, a doctorate in maternal child nursing from Rush University , and a certificate in ethics consultation also from Rush University in Chicago . I have worked as a nurse practitioner providing prenatal and well client care.

Research and Authorship:

My research on end of life care for newborns has been written about in journals and newspapers and featured on CNN television. I have published many ethics related articles and I have ethics columns in the journal Pediatric Nursing and Advances in Neonatal care. I review for the Journal of Advanced Nursing, American Journal of Nursing, JOGNN-Journal of Gynecologic, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing, the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing, Nursing Forum, the Journal of Perinatology and Advances in Neonatal Nursing. I serve on the Editorial Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal of Perinatology.

Professional Memberships:

I belong to the National Board of the National Perinatal Association, have served on the Medical Advisory Board of the Intersex Society of North America, am a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, past chair of the Napa County Mental Health Commission, and am active in the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, the San Francisco Bay Hospice and Palliative Care Group, the American Association of Whomen’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. I serve on the American Nurses Association Council on Ethics and Human Rights. My assignments there are to write position papers that guide nursing practice nationally. I am the nurse representative to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Ethics Committee. I presently Co-Chair the Kaiser Santa Rosa Ethics Committee and served 5 years on the Queen of the Valley Hospital Ethics Council. I consult in hospitals in the U.S. and abroad. I serve as a consultant to the country of Portugal on ethical and research issues. I am presently a Research Consultant for the Kaiser Santa Rosa Organization and work closely with hospital staff to create an optimum ethical environment.

Professional Activities:

In addition to teaching at Sonoma State University , I travel a lot, teaching and speaking about healthcare ethics. I have been funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics for work in neonatal resuscitation ethics, by the American Nurses Foundation for work in health policy research, by the State of California for research in education, by the National Perinatal Foundation for work on infants who are too ill to be discharged and by our local Sigma Theta Tau chapter. In 2001 I received the Model of Care Award for the Neonatal End of Life Protocol from the National Perinatal Association and the Research Abstract of the Year Award in 2005 from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. I also received the NANN Outstanding Achievement Award in Neonatal Nursing in 2008.  Right now I am a past president of the Nurses Subsection of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. I served as a Johnson and Johnson Pediatrics Institute/Sigma Theta Tau Maternal Child Leadership Fellow. I attended Sonoma State University for my master's degree, served as President of the SSU Sigma Theta Tau chapter, and I am very happy to be working here as a faculty member. Mentoring students in research, publishing, ethics, and professional development is my real area of interest.

Current Research :

At Kaiser Santa Rosa, we are conducting ongoing nursing research in areas of noise, perioperative care, and alternative and complementary therapies. I work closely with Nursing Research Council. In my own research, I am currently working on a study to assess the emotional needs of women who have made decisions to reduce multiple gestations. I am actively seeking subjects for this study, so if you know anyone who has made these decisions, please contact me to suggest inclusion.

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Current Research


Have you or do you know anyone who has considered doing fetal reduction after multiple embryo transfers? The National Perinatal Association and the National Perinatal Foundation are sponsoring interviews at which woman will participate in crafting guidelines for medical personnel to teach them how to provide emotional support for women who are undergoing fetal reductions. This action research will bring the words and ideas of women to assisted reproduction physicians for the purpose of developing appropriate protocols for supported decision making regarding fetal reductions in multifetal gestation. Presently many families make these decisions privately and have no opportunity for debriefing or sharing bereavement if they have chosen to reduce. Interviews are taking place around the United States. A small stipend is available to offset travel costs. For more information, please contact Kristy Love, Administrator, National Perinatal Association at