Steven Talbert, PhD, RN, is the director of the nursing PhD program and a clinical assistant professor at the UCF College of Nursing.

An expert in adult trauma nursing, Talbert works to improve patient outcomes in time-critical situations, such as trauma, heart attack and stroke, using healthcare simulation and technology. His research areas include trauma triage, emergency and transport services, clinical decision support, big data in healthcare and healthcare informatics.

He was principal investigator on a National Institute of General Medical Sciences funded study evaluating Computer Assisted Trauma Triage (CATT) to improve clinical decision-making and system performance in time-critical clinical decisions. The study evaluated five artificial intelligence techniques to predict which acutely injured patients are most likely to benefit from specialized trauma center resources. The study found that different techniques accurately predicted outcomes for different patient subgroups, and support opportunities for further exploration of incorporating technology into the triage process to improve decision-making in trauma and other time-sensitive, complex situations.

Most recently, Talbert served as co-investigator on a $2.3 million National Institutes of Health study focused on airway management of mechanically ventilated patients to prevent complications. Dedicated to educating future nurses and nurse researchers, Talbert spends much of his time helping clinicians and students design research, collect and manage data, and analyze data.

Prior to joining the UCF College of Nursing faculty in 2007, Talbert was an assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing. A former flight nurse for nearly a decade, Talbert has 14 years of clinical experience in critical care, trauma and the emergency department. He is currently a reviewer for Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Symposium Development consultant for NASCAR Medical Liaisons.

Talbert earned his BSN from Tennessee Technological University, MSN specializing in adult health and trauma from the University of Alabama Birmingham, and PhD in adult health from the University of Kentucky.

  • PhD, University of Kentucky
  • MSN, University of Alabama Birmingham
  • BSN, Tennessee Technological University

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