A widely published researcher and frequent presenter, Dr. Annette Bourgault focuses her research on the areas of critical care, evidence-based practice, and verification of feeding tube placement. In addition to her faculty role at UCF, Dr. Bourgault is also a research scientist with Orlando Health and editor for Critical Care Nurse, a journal of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She is a class of 2019 fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing, an honor given to highly distinguished nurse leaders.

Most recently, her research on feeding tube placement verification practices and de-implementation were published in American Journal of Critical Care and International Journal of Nursing Practice. An invited peer-reviewed article was published in Intensive Care Medicine. She has two articles accepted for publication in the American Journal of Critical Care and Critical Care Nurse. She recently received a 2019 national American Association for Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Research Abstract Award for “Fewer Pneumothoraces with Electromagnetic Devices Compared to Blind Feeding Tube Insertions” for an integrative review in response to an FDA safety letter.

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.


  • 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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  • Critical Care Nurse, Editor

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