Molly May


Associate Program Director, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program


Molly has been an NNP for 17 years in a busy urban delivery hospital in Philadelphia, and serving on the Penn faculty since 2008. Most recently, she was awarded the CHOP Advanced Practice Provider Educator of the Year (2022) and the Academy of Neonatal Nursing Excellence in Neonatal Nurse Practice award (2023). She is also the Associate Program Director for the NNP program at Penn for the past five years and recently completed her DNP at the University of Pittsburgh (2023). As an amateur photographer, Molly also loves spending free time photographing good friends and family and, when the need arises, doing end of life photos at work for the babies and families.


  • DNP, University of Pittsburgh, 2023
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • BSN, University of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • BA, Tufts University, 2003


Once she completed the NNP program, Molly became a simulation lab instructor at Penn. She believes in the value of teaching, practicing and demonstrating competence in relevant skills before being in a real clinical situation where skill is of the utmost importance. Instilling confidence with successful demonstration in the lab results in better outcomes in stressful situations. Molly is continually teaching and encouraging others during her shifts as an NNP on the unit.

She loves teaching and encourages others via mentoring to continue with improving their practice and advancing their education. She believes each nurse has accountability for their own education and is there to encourage and guide them in their scholarship. Molly is a dedicated interdisciplinary team player, recognizing and embracing the value of collaborative efforts.

Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing

The ability to collaborate with many disciplines in one of Molly’s strengths and one she encourages in all team members. Collaborating with different professions builds respect and cohesion. Presenting jointly at conferences, in publications and in the NICU are part of Molly’s way to demonstrate and encourage collaboration.