Anita M Stephen

Anita M Stephen, MSN, RN, CNL

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6328
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About Anita M Stephen


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 in curriculum and instruction 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. Her current research focuses on benefits of simulation education with nursing students and Interprofessional simulation with the health care team.


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.


Nurse's Touch Award
2019 · ATI Nursing Education
Apple's Inaugural Digital Bootcamp recipient
2018 · American Association of Colleges of Nursing
University Marshall & Undergraduate Committee
2014-2019 · University of Florida College of Nursing
2014-2019 · National League for Nursing
2012-2019 · Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance
Treasurer & Counselor
2012-2014 · Alpha Theta Tau chapter of Sf1
2011-2019 · International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning
Nominating Committee
2011-2014 · University of Florida College of Nursing
Undergraduate Admissions Advisory Committee
2011-2013 · University of Florida College of Medicine
2010-2019 · Sigma Theta Tau

Research Profile

Stephen’s clinical expertise is in adult medical-surgical and surgical intensive care nursing. She has experience utilizing simulation education with high-and low-fidelity manikins in teaching nursing, medical and physician assistant students.


Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader
2010 · University of Florida
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
1989 · Dominican College
1985 · Rockland Community College Liberal Arts & Science

Contact Details

(352) 273-6328