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. Most recently, her research on verification of feeding tube placement was published in Critical Care Nurse and 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.

Funded Research

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

  • De-Implementation of Tradition-Based Practices by Critical Care Nurses, Drs. Diane and Thomas Andrews Faculty Research Award and STTI Theta Epsilon Chapter, 2016-17.

  • New Careers in Nursing Scholarship, Program Director for Georgia Health Sciences 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., Aguirre, L., Ibrahim, J. (in press). A comprehensive review of the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database for adverse CORTRAK assisted feeding tube insertion events. American Journal of Critical Care.

  • Bourgault, A.M., Heath, J., Hooper, V., Sole, M.L., & NeSmith, E.G. (2015). Methods used by critical care nurses to verify feeding tube placement in clinical practice. Critical Care Nurse, 35(1), e1-7.

  • Bourgault, A.M., Heath, J., Waller, J., Hooper, V., Sole, M.L., & NeSmith, E. (2014). Factors influencing adoption of the AACN practice alert verification of feeding tube placement by critical care nurses. American Journal of Critical Care, 23(2), 134-144.

  • Bourgault, A.M., Mundy, C., Joshua, T. (2013). Comparison of audio vs. written feedback on clinical assignments of nursing students. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(1), 43-46.

Editorial Board

  • Critical Care Nurse, Contributing Editor 

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

  • Clinical Nurse Leader Association

  • Phi Kappa Phi

  • Sigma Theta Tau International

  • Southern Nursing Research Society

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  • Assistant Professor