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University of Central Florida nurses earn designations, reappointments


Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM, coordinator of University of Central Florida’s clinical nurse specialist master’s and doctoral degree tracks, earned the CNS Researcher of the Year award from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. This award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement for conducting original nursing research that has enhanced the science of autonomous nursing practice, patient and family outcomes, and healthcare systems, according to a news release.

Sole is the Orlando Health Distinguished Professor at the UCF College of Nursing. She also has earned UCF’s top faculty honor as a Pegasus Professor and holds a per diem appointment as a nurse scientist at Orlando Health. Her primary research area is on improving outcomes with critical illness with a focus on airway management and infection. Her secondary research interest is in application of technology in clinical and educational settings. She has published more than 65 articles in peer-reviewed journals — the majority of which were related to critical care and nursing education.

Many of her publications are co-authored with students and peers while serving as a mentor for their projects. She also serves on the editorial boards of several critical care journals.

University of Central Florida College of Nursing’s (Orlando) Kelly Allred, RN, PhD, an assistant professor, has earned the designation certified nurse educator after meeting eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

She is the principal investigator on a nursing study using interactive gaming and simulation as an educational intervention to improve pain assessment and management in patients.

She also has studied acute pain management and the effectiveness of nursing interventions in the acute care clinical setting to manage pain, including nonpharmacologic interventions to enhance traditional pain management.

Also, Jean Leuner, RN, PhD, CNE, dean, will serve a second two-year term as a board member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Her new term commenced in March.


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