Donna Felber Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP

Dr. Neff’s research focuses on analyses ‘Big Data’. This includes the examination of:

  1. Nurse workforce including the work environment, quality and safety issues,

  2. State regulatory impact on ARNP practice,

  3. Nurse outcomes, and

  4. Determinants of patient health outcomes.

Funded Research

  • Project Director, Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), Health Resources Service Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ($98,975).

  • Principal Investigator, The Association of State Regulations and APRNS Practice in Rural/Underserved Areas, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ($249,735).

  • Project Director, Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), Health Resources Service Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015-2017, ($74,451).

  • Institute for Translational Science Pilot Interventions through Research and Education (I-TRANSPIRE), National Institutes of Health, 2015-2018.

  • I-Quip FL Practice Transformation Network, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2015-2018.

  • Multimethod Approach to Evaluate Geographic Distribution and Practice Regulations of Florida Nurse Practitioners, Florida Blue Foundation, 2015-2017 ($29,250).

  • Informing Policies to Maximize Use of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to Provide Primary Care in Underserved Areas, Robert Wood Johnson, 2013-15

  • Foreign Educated Nurses: Effects on Nurse, Quality of Care and Patient Safety Indicators, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 2011-13.

  • Hospital Patient Outcomes of Mortality and Failure to Rescue Associated with Internationally Educated Nurse. NIH/NINR 1K01NR011174-01A1, 2009-2012.

Selected Publications

  • Bejliri, I., Steiner, R., Yoon, S., Harman, J., & Neff, D. (2017). Exploring transportation networks relationship to healthcare access and as affected by urban sprawl. Transportation Research Procedia, 25, 3066-3078.

  • Neff, D., Yoon, S., Bejliri, I., Steiner, R., Everhart, D., Bumbach, M., & Harman, J. (2018). The impact of nurse practitioner state regulations on population access to care. Nursing Outlook. Advance online publication.

  • Blackwell, C., & Neff, D.F. (2015). Certification and education as determinants of nurse practitioner scope of practice: An investigation of the rules and regulations defining NP scope of  practice in the United States. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 27(10), 552-557.

  • Neff, D.F., & Harman, J. (2013) Foreign Educated Nurses: Effects on Nurse, Quality of Care and Patient Safety Indicator Outcomes. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 4, 19-24.

  • Neff, D.F., Aiken, L.H., Cimiotti, J., Sloane, D.M., & Wu, E. (2013). Utilization of non- US educated nurses in US hospitals: Implications for hospital mortality. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 25(4) 366-72. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzt042

  • Everhardt, D., Neff, D.F., Al-Amon, M., & Weech-Maldanado, R. (2012). The effects of nurse staffing on hospital financial performance: Competitive versus less competitive markets. Health Care Management Review, 38(2), 146-55. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0b013e318257292b.

  • Neff, D.F., Cimiotti, J., Heusinger, A., & Aiken, L.H. (2011). Nurses reports from the frontlines: Analysis of a statewide nurse survey. Nursing Forum, 46(1).

  • Aiken, L.H., Cimiotti, J.P., Sloane, D.M., Smith, H.L., Flynn, L., Neff, D.F. (2011). Effects of nurse staffing and nurse education on patient deaths in hospitals with different nurse work environments. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(10 suppl): S10-6.

  • Lee, A.K., McHugh, M.D., Sloane, D., Cimiotti, J.P., Flynn, L., Neff, D.F., & Aiken, L.H. (2009). Nursing key to patient satisfaction. Health Affairs, 28(4), 202-210.

Editorial Board

  • Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Associate Editor

Professional Organizations

  • National Academy of Practice, Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, Chair, Academy of Nursing and Vice President of Communications

  • Southern Nursing Research Society

  • Academy Health

  • Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, Member Research Committee

  • Sigma Theta Tau International

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