Diane R. Andrews, PhD, RN

Dr. Andrews’ research is focused on healthy work environments which support high quality patient outcomes and nurse satisfaction. Studies make use of both quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the transition experience of new graduate nurses; leadership practices; nurse experienced physical and psychological strain and evidence-based practices.


Funded Research

  • Factors Predictive of Hospital Patients' Discharge to Hospice, PI, UCF Foundation.

  • Implementation of Evidence-Based Quality Improvement into Practice in Florida, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (RFA-HS-14-008), 2014.

  • Determination of Leadership Style and the Association with Selected Staff and Patient Outcomes Follow-up, Florida Hospital for Children, 2013-14.

  • Exploration of Recent Graduate Expectations Using Grounded Theory, Florida Hospital for Children, 2010-12.

  • Exploration of New Graduate Expectations Using Grounded Theory, UCF College of Nursing, 2009-11.

  • Determination of Leadership Style and the Association with Selected Staff and Patient Outcomes, Florida Hospital for Children, 2009-12.

Selected Publications

  • Vincent, J., Andrews, D., Hertling, M., Galura, S., & Forlaw, L. (2017). Impact of an interprofessional leadership program on collaboration in practice. Collaborative Healthcare, 8(1), 7-9.

  • Warshawsky, N., Andrews, D., Bacon, C., Cherry, B., Kowalski, K., Nelson-Brantley, H., & Sherman, R. (2017). Leading in the healthcare vortex. Journal of Nursing Administration, 47(3), 131-133.

  • Merrill, K.C., Andrews, D., Brewer, B., Brown, D.S. (2015). Evaluating research: An important role for nurse leaders. Nurse Leader, 13(3), 63-65.

  • D’Ambra, A.M. & Andrews, D.R. (2014). Incivility, retention and new graduate nurses: An integrated review of the literature. Journal of Nursing Management, 22(6), 735-742.

  • Andrews, D.R. (2013). Expectations of millennial nurse graduates transitioning into practice. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 37(2),

  • Aroian, K..J., Robinson, P., Allred, K., Andrews, D. & Waldrop, J. (2012). Building research partnerships with health care organizations: The scholar award model in action. Journal of Research Administration 43(2), 82-93.

  • Andrews, D.R., Richard, D.C.S., Robinson, P., Celano, P., Hallaron, J. (2012). The influence of staff nurse perception of leadership style on satisfaction with leadership: A cross-sectional survey of pediatric nurses. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49(9), 1103-1111.

  • Andrews, D.R., Burr, J. & Bushy, A. (2011). Nurse’s self-concept and perceived quality of care: A narrative analysis. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 26(1), 69-77.

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • American Nurses Association

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

  • American Society of Post Anesthesia Nurses (ASPAN)

  • Council for Advancement of Nursing Science

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), On-site Accreditation Evaluator

  • Council for Graduate Education in Nursing Administration

  • Florida Nurses Association

  • Florida Organization of Nurse Executives

  • National League for Nursing

  • Sigma Theta Tau International

  • Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)

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  • Director, Nursing Leadership & Management MSN Program
  • Director, Post-Master's Executive DNP Program
  • Associate Professor