Annette Bourgault, PhD, RN, CNL

A widely published researcher and frequent presenter, Dr. Bourgault focuses her research on the areas of critical care, evidence-based practice, and verification of feeding tube placement. In addition to her faculty role at UCF, Dr. Bourgault is also a research scientist with Orlando Health.

Most recently, her research on evidence-based practice and de-implementation were published in Critical Care Nurse and Nursing Forum. Her research on CORTRAK superuser competency for feeding tube placement was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Critical Care.

In addition to focusing on the implementation of evidence-based practices by critical care nurses and verification of feeding tube placement, she has expanded her program of research to explore factors that influence tradition-based practices. De-implementation of tradition-based practices is a developing area of interest in dissemination and implementation research. Her ultimate goal is to help nurses in critical care and acute care settings incorporate research evidence into their clinical practice.

Prior to her academic career, Dr. Bourgault practiced in critical care nursing working in the U.S. and Canada in roles as staff nurse, clinical educator and clinical nurse specialist. Additionally, she has been actively involved with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses at the national level focused on evidence-based practice. She was recently appointed as the Associate Editor for Critical Care Nurse.

Funded Research

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing: Studying the impact program grant, Co-investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016-17.

  • CORTRAK Superuser Competency Assessment, Halyard Health, 2016-17.

  • De-implementation of Tradition-based Practices by Critical Care Nurses, Principal investigator, UCF Foundation, Drs. Diane and Thomas Andrews Faculty Research Award; and Sigma: The International Nursing Honor Society, Theta Epsilon Chapter, 2016-17.

  • New Careers in Nursing Scholarship, Program Director for Augusta University, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2014-15.

  • Adoption of AACN Verification of Feeding Tube Placement Practice Alert by Critical Care Nurses, Beta Omicron Chapter Sigma Theta Tau Research Grant, 2011-12.

Selected Publications

  • Bourgault, A.M., Gonzalez, L., Aguirre, L., & Ibrahim, J. (in press). CORTRAK superuser competency assessment and training recommendations. American Journal of Critical Care.

  • Fowler, S.B., Penoyer, D.A., & Bourgault, A.M. (2018). Insertion and removal of PIVCs: Exploring best practices. Nursing 2018, 48(7), 65-67.

  • Bourgault, A.M., Upvall, M., & Graham, A. (2018). Using Gemba boards to facilitate evidence-based practice in Critical Care. Critical Care Nurse. 38(3), e1-e7.

  • Upvall, M., & Bourgault, A.M. (2018). De-implementation: A concept analysis. Nursing Forum, 53(3), 376-382.

  • Williams, L.B., Bourgault, A., Valenti, M., Howie, M., & Mathur, S. (2018). Predictors of underrepresented nursing students' school satisfaction, success, and future education intent. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(3), 142-149.

  • Gonzalez, L., Bourgault, A.M., & Aguirre, L. (2018). Varying levels of fidelity on psychomotor skill attainment: A CORTRAK product assessment. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 4, 141-145.

  • Bourgault, A., Aguirre, L., & Ibrahim, J. (2017). CORTRAK-assisted feeding tube insertion: A comprehensive review of adverse events in the MAUDE database. American Journal of Critical Care, 26(2), 149-156.

Editorial Board

  • Critical Care Nurse, Associate Editor 

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

  • Phi Kappa Phi

  • Sigma: The International Nursing Honor Society

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • Southern Nursing Research Society

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