An exceptional collaboration

Academic Practice Partnership

In recognition of their exceptional academic nursing partnership, the UF College of Nursing and UF Health Nursing have been selected to receive the New Era for Academic Nursing Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, or AACN.

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The academic nursing partnership between the college and leadership at UF Health Nursing is an innovative and sustained relationship that exemplifies collaboration and commitment across practice, research and education. Examples of innovation include the Academic Partnership Unit program at the UF Health Jacksonville campus, which is an innovative educational model for second-degree students that effectively combines limited faculty resources and practicing nurses’ expertise, as well as the recent demonstration project initiative.

Demonstration Projects

Treating Trauma

Sometimes, when caring for the most vulnerable patients, nurses require a helping hand to keep themselves and those for whom they care, safe. In…

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Nursing Innovation

Demonstration Projects Initiative

As part of a new initiative, UF Health nurses have the opportunity to collaborate with College of Nursing faculty, as well as other bedside nurses, to produce funded research projects.

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Current Demonstration Projects

Demonstration Projects

Evaluating and Standardizing the Use of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Management of ECMO Cannula Site Deterioration

Team: James Brian, Cindy Westbrook, Sandra Citty (MPIs), Mark Bleiwies, Giles Peek, Marc Maybauer, Eric Jeng, Andrew Jaudon, Ryan Stahl


Aromatherapy to Reduce Preoperative Anxiety and Improve Patient Satisfaction in the Perioperative Unit

Team: Teresa Gail Czaban, Ann Horgas (MPIs), Michele Brunges, Kristy Perry

Demonstration Projects

Building a Stronger Nursing Workforce: Implementation of an Evidence-Based Mentorship Program and Evaluation of Perceived Benefits for Mentors and Mentees in New Graduate Nurses

Team: Akela Edwards, Bryce Catarelli(MPIs), Laura Thompson, Melissa Brace, Jennifer Boneta


Thymic Involvement in Breast Milk Intolerance Among Pediatric Congenital Heart Patients

Team: LeeAnn Hewitt, Leslie Parker (MPIs), Sukumar Suguna Narasimhulu, Clive Wasserfall


A Standardized Protocol for Rewarming Hypothermic Newborns: Quality Improvement

Team: Elizabeth de Paula Fonseca and Marion Bendixen (MPIs), Margot Heiser, Emily Marchione, Dawn Viana


Project ENGAGE: Empowering Nurse Leaders to Grow and Garner Enthusiasm

Team: Joanne McNeil, Bryce Catarelli (MPIs), Courtney Bowen, Jaimie Thomas, Letitia Blanche, S. Clarene Coleman


Diabetes Support Group to Improve Self-Management Skills

Team: Gladys Bruno, Lisa Scarton (MPIs), Ashley Thompson, Susan Bednar


In Cardiovascular Surgical Patients, What Is The Effect Of Receiving A Nutritional Probiotic Supplement In Reducing Time To First Bowel Movement And Length Of Hospital Stay? A Pilot Randomized Control Trial

Team: Erica Liner, Deborah Brabham, Jennifer Boneta (MPIs), Thomas Zeyl, Sarajane Brownford, Susan Maurer, Tiffany James, Valerie Platt, Michelle Shaw, Katherine Ganzhorn, Brian Holloway, Ashley Stark, Gabriela Gonzalez, Rebecca Hill

Demonstration Projects

Reducing the Amount of Hospital-acquired Pressure Injury (HAPI) through Unit-based Turn Teams: Implementation and Development of Unit-based Turn Teams

Team: Lacey Castiglione, Debra Lynch Kelly (MPIs), Kerri Pickett, Bonnie Wiley, Arlene Weaver