UF Nursing Research Summit Reaches Historic Milestone

After two decades of inspiring scholarship and innovation, the College of Nursing celebrated a special science showcase through the 20th anniversary of the Nursing Research Summit and Malasanos Lectureship.

Originally founded to provide a space to display nursing research, the event has since expanded to include a partnership between the college, UF Health, the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center and the Alpha Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau to expose attendees to cutting-edge nursing science through poster presentations and collaborative discussions. As a special tribute to prior research summits and the event’s evolution throughout the years, a commemorative video featuring previous and current faculty was shown to all attendees.

“This event has flourished into a showcase of innovative research that has inspired professionals from various disciplines to solve complex health problems,” said Lisa Scarton, PhD, RN, an assistant professor and the Research Summit Planning Committee Chair. “I look forward to this symposium of scholarship continuing for decades to come!”

A keynote address from Malasanos Lecturer Stephanie Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, opened the event. Ferguson’s talk on how clinicians can use social determinants of health, non-medical factors such as economic stability that influence well-being and consider the environment to mitigate suffering from public health emergencies served as an inspiration and call to action for the next generation of nurse scientists.

“Human health and the health of our planet are intrinsically linked,” Ferguson said. “Change is happening and it’s essential to look into a mirror and decide what part of the solution you want to be.”

To conclude the symposium, two panels featuring researchers, clinicians and community partners discussed global and community health. The cross-disciplinary talk provided the opportunity for a live audience to engage panelists in stimulating discussions to develop new ways of improving health outcomes.

“As nurses, we understand the importance of wellness in the areas we serve to ensure the best care possible for our patients,” said Dean and the Linda Harman Aiken Chair Anna McDaniel, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Although it is bittersweet to celebrate this last summit with you as Dean of the College of Nursing, this occasion will be one to remember.”

Participating researchers had the opportunity to present their research embodying the theme of “Social Determinants of Health in Nursing Research from Community to Planetary Health” through trifold poster presentations. Select students were also honored for their excellence in graduate research through scholarship awards.

This year’s poster and scholarship award recipients include:


First Place – Rigan Louis – Pro-Environmental Behavior: A Concept Analysis
Rigan Louis, MSN, FNP, PhD; Michael Weaver PhD, RN. FAAN; Ann L Horgas PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

Second Place – Jennifer Pruitt – The Effect of Frequent Standardized Oral Care on the Incidence of Infection in Preterm Very Low Birth Weight Infants
Jennifer Pruitt MSN, APRN CMN-BC; Alissandre Eugene BAS; Emma Sheenan BSN(s); Monica Torrez Lamberti Ph.D.; Josef Neu MD; Graciela Lorca Ph.D.; Leslie A. Parker Ph.D., APRN, FAANP, FAAN


First Place – Brittany Wilson – Implementation of A De-Escalation Tool for Decreasing Agitation in Dementia Patients
Brittany L. Wilson, PMHNP-BC, MSN, DNP Student

Second Place – Kimberly Gallo – Providing Healthy Lifestyle Interventions Program to Promote Overall Health in Adolescents
Kimberly Gallo, FNP Student; Bryce Catarelli, DNP, APRN, FNP-C


First Place –Vanessa Coriolan – Predicting Factors for Access to Community-Based Supportive Services for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: A Scoping Review
Vanessa Coriolan, BSN student; Suzanne S. Sullivan, Ph.D., MBA, RN, CHPN; Amy Lyons, MLS, EMBA, AHIP, FMLA, FUNYOC; Tamara G. R. Macieira, Ph.D., RN

Second Place – Abigail Islam – Assessing the association of the rs4680 genotype with the chronic neuropathic pain experience in individuals with Sickle Cell Disease
Abigail R. Islam, Gina M. Gehling, RN, BSN, Gebre-Egziabhe Kiros, Ph.D., Keesha Powell-Roach, Ph.D., RN, Miriam O. Ezenwa, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert E. Molokie, MD, Zaijie Jim Wang, Ph.D., Yingwei Yao, Ph.D., Diana J. Wilkie Ph.D., RN, FAAN


First Place – Isabella Cuotto – Impact of Exercise Interventions on Mental and Physical Health Outcomes among Black Breast Cancer Survivors
Isabella Cuotto, Undergraduate BS Psychology Student; Jenny Grace Hanson, UF BSN Student; Robre’ana Alshae, UF BSN Student; Lakeshia Cousin, Ph.D., APRN, AGPCNP-BC

Second Place – Christina Phillips – COVID-19 Related wounds in Acutely Ill Inpatients Over the First Two Years of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic (CRAFT)
Jennifer Bart, MSN, RN CWOCN; Debra Lyon Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC; Cristina Phillips, MSN, RN, CCRN; Caitlin Tripp, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CWON; Randall Brian, BSN, RN, CWON; Michele Berrios, BSN, RN, CWOCN; Jaime Thomas, MSN, RN, CCRN-K; Meghan Bailey, MSN, RN, CCRN; Cindy Westbrook, BSN, RN, CWON; Elizabeth C. Dunn, MSN, RN, NE-BC


Stechmiller Scholarship Award – Tarah Neslon

Excellence in Research Award – Fabiana Dos Santos

Outstanding Publication Award – Fabiana Dos Santos