DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
Associate Clinical Professor
In addition to her neonatal clinical practice at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Gwartney joins the University of Connecticut with seven previous years of experience as an assistant professor teaching BSN, MSN and DNP students.
She implemented a simulation focusing upon nursing interaction with a maternity couplet on airborne precautions, while in full personal protective equipment. This simulation was integrated into her COVID Care Education Module in which undergraduate students in their final practicum participated in a pilot at designated clinical partner sites, providing bedside care for patients with COVID-19 disease during the pandemic. For this scholarly work, she was recognized as a Champion of Humanistic Care by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. She continues to develop educational outreach opportunities focusing on infection control and prevention in underserved areas of the Tampa Bay area and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands as part of Project Firstline, a grant from the American Nurses Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Her research interests include education, neonatal diabetes, role transition for novice Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP), simulation, management of high-risk newborns in the delivery room, and couplet care for mothers with COVID-19. Dr. Gwartney has had several opportunities to speak internationally regarding the benefits of deliberate routine practice of high acuity, low-volume technical skills, and nationally regarding neonatal diabetes and conflict management.
She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and is actively involved in several neonatal professional organizations: Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Council of International Neonatal Nurses (education committee member), National Association of Neonatal Nurses (member), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (member, conference planning committee). She is also a contributing editor for Neonatal Network.
Dr. Gwartney enjoys traveling for pleasure but has also found herself working triage in a children’s clinic located in the remote village of Zapote, Guatemala, as well as educating NICU nurses in Paisley, Scotland and Shanghai, China.
- Neonatal diabetes
- Role transition for novice Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
- Management of high-risk newborns
- Couplet care for mothers with COVID-19
- DNP, Nursing, Vanderbilt University, 2015
- MSN, Nursing, Vanderbilt University, 2010
- BSN, Nursing, DePaul University, 2005
Honors & Awards
- 2021: Champion of Humanistic Care, Arnold P. Gold Foundation
- 2021: Best Poster, Networking for Education in Healthcare (NET2021) United Kingdom
- 2021: USF Health Culture Coin, USF Health
- 2021: Clochesy-Miller Award for Scholarly Writing, USF College of Nursing
- 2020: Faculty Leadership Award, University of South Florida, College of Nursing