Stacia M Hays APRN, DNP, CPNP, CCTC
PRG DIR & CLIN AST PROF
About Stacia M Hays
Dr. Hays is the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the coordinator for the Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tracks. In addition to focusing on the clinical education of the next generation of advanced practice providers, she teaches health policy, nursing leadership and advocacy, and evidence-based practice in both the undergraduate and graduate curricula.
Dr. Hays’ scholarship areas focus on nursing quality and advocacy, and improving resiliency in children due to trauma, disasters and other high-risk conditions. She is the current state of Florida (north) representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has received advocacy awards from the Florida Nurses Association and from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). She is an invited speaker on resiliency, chronic illness and human trafficking for nursing and other health care professions.
Dr. Hays is chair of the Human Trafficking Best Practices and Protocols Workgroup for the National Alliance for Children in Trafficking. She is the co-chair of the conference committee for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). As a member of the NAPNAP Children in Disasters Special Interest Group, she co-authored the position paper on the role of the pediatric nurse practitioner. In addition to being member of the UF Senate and numerous College of Nursing committees, she has been the regional lead for the Florida Action Coalition, Florida Center for Nursing, and faculty advisor to the UF Health Patient Safety and Nursing Practice Council. Dr. Hays is also a member of the International Transplant Nurses Society, Sigma International, and the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network.
Dr. Hays’ areas of expertise include providing care as a pediatric advanced practice nurse, health policy, and quality improvement and outcomes.