Anita Stephen, MSN, RN, CNL

Anita StephenClinical Assistant Professor

University of Florida
1225 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610
HPNP 3240

Telephone: 352-273-6328
Fax: 352-273-6536


Professor Stephen teaches in the undergraduate nursing program. She teaches simulation, clinical skills lab, clinical at Shands Hospital, transition to practice and coordinates clinical courses. Previously, she worked at Shands for 19 years in various roles, most recently as a Nurse Educator.


Professor Stephen is currently a Ph.D. student in the College of Education with an emphasis on Educational Technology. Her research interests include the use of simulation to enhance learning outcomes and the use of technology in education.


Professor Stephen is a resource for simulation pedagogy and serves on several college committees. She is also part of the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) committee at UF Health Shands. She holds membership in Sigma Theta Tau International, National League of Nursing, American Nurses Association, and Simulation Society.

Area of Expertise

Stephen’s clinical expertise is in adult Medical-Surgical and Surgical Intensive Care Nursing.


Professor Stephen earned her BSN from Dominican College, in Blauvelt, New York, and her MSN from the University of Florida. She earned her Clinical Nurse Leader Certification in 2010.

Selected Publications

  • Citty, S.; Karen Sando, Kare Whalen, Anastasia Albanese-O’Neil, Joan Castleman, Anita Stephen, Tonja Hartjes, Ashley Vernet(g), Camille-Kae Torre(g), Sarah Roach(g), and Logan Redmond(g). Poster. Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Diabetes Education. ATI Nurse Educator Summit 2017. Orlando, Florida. Apr 1, 2017- Apr 3, 2017.
  • Matrone, C. E., Garbutt, S. J., Stephen, A., Young, N. G., Black, E. (2018, April). Interprofessional, simulation-based communication Training: Learning outcomes for senior medical and nursing students. Podium presentation at the Southern Group on Education Affairs (SEGA), University of Mississippi Medical center, Jackson, MS.
  • Matrone, C. E., Garbutt, S., Stephen, A., Young, N. G., Black, E. (submitted, 2018, June). Interprofessional, simulation-based communication Training: Learning outcomes for senior medical and nursing students. Academy of Communication in Health Care National Conference, Tampa , FL.
  • Smith, M., Maciera, T., Bumbach, M., Garbutt, S., Citty, S., Ansell, M., Stephen, A., Glover, T.L., & Keenan, G.M. (2017, accepted). The use of simulation to teach students and clinicians palliative care and end-of-life communication: A systematic review. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.