Dr. Neff’s research focuses on analyses ‘Big Data’. This includes the examination of:
Nurse workforce including the work environment, quality and safety issues,
State regulatory impact on ARNP practice,
Nurse outcomes, and
Determinants of patient health outcomes.
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.
Blackwell, C., & Neff, D.F. (in press). 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.
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.
Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Associate Editor
National Academy of Practice, Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, Chair, Academy of Nursing and Vice President of Communications
Southern Nursing Research Society
Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, Member Research Committee
Sigma Theta Tau International