Paula Cairns, MSN, RN

University of South Florida PhD

Paula Cairns is a first-year MS-PhD student at the University of South Florida. She was admitted into the doctoral program immediately after completing a Master of Science Nursing Education program at USF in 2015. Ms. Cairns’ initial research experience began at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the area of stem cell transplant research. Since 2011, she has worked as a Nurse Researcher with her mentor Dr. Cindy Munro, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation for USF College of Nursing. Ms. Cairns currently serves as project director for Dr. Munro’s NIH-funded R01, Oral Care Intervention in Mechanically Ventilated Adults. Through Dr. Munro’s mentorship, she has been able to collaborate with other researchers on a variety of research projects, develop expertise in IRB approval to conduct research, participate in scientific publications and grant writing, and attend national scientific meetings. Ms. Cairns enjoys contributing to the future of nursing locally by supporting Tampa General Hospital’s Critical Care Nurse Residency Program, as an evidence-based project lecturer and research mentor, and internationally, as a research manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Nurses. Academically, Ms. Cairns is an excellent scholar with a 3.9 grade point average, by which she has been awarded membership in both Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society. Ms. Cairns’ research focus is on mechanically ventilated critically ill adults and their families, in particular, prevention of post intensive care syndrome in ICU survivors and their families.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Poly-Trauma
Dissertation: Prevention of Post Intensive Care Syndrome in ICU Survivors and their Families

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