Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM

Dr. Sole is dean of the College of Nursing and the Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing. Her current research is funded by $2.3 million grant from the NIH and focuses on airway management of mechanically ventilated patients to prevent complications, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia. Dr. Sole also studies the application of simulation and technology and physiological monitoring in the clinical setting and classroom, and process improvement and outcome of critical illness, including infection prevention.

She holds an appointment as a Clinical Scientist in the Center for Nursing Research at Orlando Health, and is certified as a critical care nurse specialist (CCNS). Dr. Sole has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, and is on the editorial board of American Journal of Critical Care and several other scientific journals.

Prior to coming to UCF, Dr. Sole was on the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing at San Antonio, and a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Santa Rosa Hospital.

Funded Research

  • Principal Investigator, Oral Suction Intervention to Reduce Aspiration and Ventilator Events (NO ASPIRATE), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research ($2,318,988).

  • Characteristics and airway management of patients who undergo tracheostomy (CAMP-TRACH), Sage Products, Cary, IL, 2011

  • Simulating Subtle Clinical Changes and Realistic Conversation: Going Beyond Mannequins, Co-I , UCF Institute for Simulation and Training, 2011

  • Promoting the Use of Simulation Technology in Florida Nurse Education, Co-I, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future / Northwest Heath Foundation, 2009-2011

  • Outcomes of Implementation of the Clinical Nurse Leader Role, Co-I, Florida Center for Nursing, 2008-2009

  • Strategies for Airway Management & Prevention Endotracheal Tube Cuff Intervention (STAMP-ETC, NIH/NINR, 2007-2009.

Selected Publications

  • Sole, M.L., Talbert, S., Bennett, M., Middleton, A., Deaton, L., & Penoyer, D. (in press). Collecting nursing research data 24 hours a day: Challenges, lessons, and recommendations. American Journal of Critical Care, 27.

  • Sole, M.L., Middleton, A., Deaton, L., Bennett, M., Talbert, S., & Penoyer D. (2017). Enrollment challenges in critical care nursing research. American Journal of Critical Care, 26(5), 395-400.

  • Sole, M.L. & Bolsega, T. (2018). Tracheostomy care practices in a simulated setting: An exploratory study. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 32, 182-188.

  • Miller, H., Penoyer, D., Baumann, K., Bowles, S., Diaz, A., & Sole, M.L. (2017). Assessment of mesenteric tissue saturation, oxygen saturation, and heart rate pre- and post-blood transfusion in very low birth weight infants using abdominal site near-infrared spectroscopy. Advances in Neonatal Care, 17(5), E3-E9.

  • Dotson-Kim, S.J., & Sole, M.L. (2017). Patient and family responses to the critical care experience. In M.L. Sole, D.G. Klein, & M.J. Moseley (Eds.), Introduction to critical care nursing (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders.

  • Sole, M., Klein, D., & Moseley, M. (Eds.), (2017). Introduction to critical care nursing (7th ed). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders.

  • Sole, M.L. (2017). Overview of critical care nursing. In M.L. Sole, D.G. Klein, & M.J. Moseley (Eds.). Introduction to critical care nursing (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders.

  • Vollman, K., Sole, M.L., & Ginn, B. (2017). Endotracheal tube and oral care for ventilated and non-ventilated patients. AACN procedure manual for critical care (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders.

  • Knapp, S.J., & Sole, M.L. (2017). Patient and family responses to the critical care experience. In M.L. Sole, D.G. Klein, & M.J. Moseley (Eds.). Introduction to critical care nursing (7th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders.

  • Mahramus, T., Penoyer, D.A., Waterval, E., Sole, M.L., & Bowe, E.M. (2016). Two hours of teamwork training improves teamwork behaviors during simulated cardiopulmonary arrest events. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 30(5), 284-291.

  • Montoya, V., Sole, M.L., & Norris, A.E. (2016) Improving the care of patients with chronic kidney disease care using group visits: A pilot study to reflect an emphasis on the patients rather than the disease. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 43(3), 207-223.

  • Sole, M.L., Bennett, M., & Ashworth, S. (2015). Clinical indicators for endotracheal suctioning in adult patients receiving mechanical ventilation. American Journal of Critical Care, 24, 318-324

  • 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.

  • American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Acute and Critical Care. (2014). Reducing functional decline in older adults during hospitalization: A best practice approach. Medsurg Nursing, 23(4), 265-265. (^Collaborators: Kleinpell, R.M., Happ, M.B., Reineck, C., Arbour, R., Lindquist, R., Fletcher, K., Sole, M.L., Richmond, T., Thompson, H., Jennings, B., & Moore, S.)

  • Sole, M.L., Talbert, S., Penoyer, D., Bennett, M., Sokol, S., & Wilson, J. (2014). Comparison of Respiratory Infections before and after Percutaneous Tracheostomy. 2014. American Journal of Critical Care, 23(6), e80-87.

  • Loerzel V., Crosby, W.W., Sole, M.L., & Reising, E. (2014). Developing the Tracheostomy Care Anxiety Relief through Education and Support Program (T-Cares). Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(5), 522-527.

  • Sole, M.L., & Marinski, A. (2014). Ventilator-associated events: A new outcome measure. American Nurse Today, 9(8), epub.

  • Gonzalez, L., & Sole, M.L. (2014). Urinary catheterization skills: One simulated checkoff is not enough. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(9), 455-560.

  • Sole, M.L., Talbert, S., Penoyer, D., Bennett, M., Sokol, S., & Wilson, J. (2014). Characteristics, resource utilization, and nursing care of patients who undergo percutaneous tracheostomy. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 28(5), 288-295.

  • Mahramus, T., Penoyer, D., Frewin, S., Chamberlain, L., Wilson, D., & Sole, M.L. (2014). Assessment of an educational intervention on nurses’ knowledge and retention of heart failure self-care principles and the teach back method. Heart and Lung, 43(3), 204-212.

  • Sole, M.L., Conrad, J., Middleton, A., Bennett, M., Allen, K., Ashworth, S., & Mehta, D.I. (2014). Pepsin and amylase in oral and tracheal secretions: A pilot study. American Journal of Critical Care,23(4), 334-338.

  • Sole, M.L., & Bennett, M. (2014). Comparison of airway management practices between nurses and respiratory care practitioners. American Journal of Critical Care, 23(3), 191-199.

Editorial Boards

  • American Journal of Critical Care
  • AACN Advanced Critical Care (formerly AACN Clinical Issues)
  • Heart & Lung

Scientific Review Panels

  • NIH, NRCS (Study Section)

Professional Organizations

  • Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Epsilon Chapter (UCF)
  • American Nurses Association
  • Florida Nurses Association
  • National League for Nursing

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  • Dean, UCF College of Nursing
  • Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing
  • UCF Pegasus Professor
  • Director, Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN and DNP (not currently admitting)



Sole, M.L., Klein, D.G., & Moseley, M. (Eds.). (2016). Introduction to Critical Care Nursing. 7th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders