In addition to her faculty role at the UCF College of Nursing, Dr. Annette Bourgault is a research scientist with Orlando Health and editor for Critical Care Nurse, a journal of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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. Her research was recently published in American Journal of Critical Care, International Journal of Nursing Practice, and Intensive Care Medicine.

In 2019, she was honored with a national American Association for Critical-Care Nurses Research Abstract Award for her integrative review, “Fewer Pneumothoraces with Electromagnetic Devices Compared to Blind Feeding Tube Insertions,” written in response to an FDA safety letter.

Her program of research also has expanded 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.

She is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing, an honor given to highly distinguished nurse leaders, and has been actively involved with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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.

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  • PhD in Nursing, Georgia Health Sciences University
  • MSc in Nursing, Queen’s University (Ontario)
  • BScN, University of Ottawa
  • Graduate Certificate, Air Transport, Seneca College (Toronto)
  • Graduate Certificate, Critical Care Nursing, St. Lawrence College (Ontario)
  • Nursing Diploma, St. Lawrence College (Ontario)

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