Biography

Dr. Sullivan began her nursing career in 1983 when she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the College of Mt. St. Vincent, New York City, New York. Her nursing clinical expertise comes from experience working on medical-surgical, telemetry, closed-head trauma, rehabilitation, and critical care units in New York, Louisiana, and Florida. In 1996 she earned an MSN, ARNP at Florida International University, Miami, Florida. She became board certified as an adult ARNP and worked 6 ½ years caring for the homeless and indigent population of Broward County, Florida. In 2006 she returned to hospital bedside nursing (critical care) at Cleveland Clinic Florida (CCF), Weston, Florida. In 2008 she became the critical care educator at CCF. It was during this time she recognized the passion she had for teaching. As an educator she has taught at Chamberlain College of Nursing, Keiser University, Concorde Career College, and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (CEL/CON), Florida Atlantic University (FAU). As an independent contractor she has taught progressive care certified nurse (PCCN) and critical care certified nurse (CCRN) review courses in Florida and in Texas. In 2017, she earned a PhD at CEL/CON, FAU, where she accepted a fulltime faculty position.

Dr. Sullivan’s research focus is on well-being of older adults transitioning to long-term. Her previous studies include loneliness and spiritual well-being in the older adult in rehabilitation, older adult transitions to long-term care, and the effects of story-sharing on depression and well-being in the older adult transitioning to long-term care. An intramural (CEL/CON) grant entitled story-sharing on well-being of older adults transitioning to long-term care was awarded to her March, 2019.

Teaching

 

  • Nursing Practice Immersion
  • Complex Care in Nursing Situations with Adults and Aging Population in Practice
  • Acute Care in Nursing Situations with Adults and Aging Populations in Practice
  • Chronic Care in Nursing Situations with Adults and Aging Populations in Practice
  • Foundations of Caring in Nursing Situation

Recent Publications

  • Sullivan, G., Hain, D., Williams, C. & Newman, D. (2019). Story-Sharing Intervention to Improve Depression and Well-Being in Older Adults Transitioning to Long-Term Care. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 12(2), 81-90.
  • Sullivan, G. (2018).Closeness with the Creator. Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences, Accepted, pending press. 
  • Sullivan, G. & Williams, C. (2017). Older adult transitions to long-term care: A meta-synthesis. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 43(3), 41-49.
  • Sullivan, G. (2016). Data collection. Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences, 3, 22.
  • Tappen, R.M., Worch, S. M., Elkins, D., Hain, D. J., Moffa, C. M. & Sullivan, G. (2014). Resident, family and staff preferences for remaining in the nursing home versus transfer to acute care when a change in condition occurs. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40, 48-57.
  • Sullivan, G. (2013). Nursing curriculum and the science of caring. International Journal for Human Caring, 17(3), 71.
  • Sullivan, G. (2013). Discerning Caring. Nursing as Caring A Model of Transforming Practice Website, Aesthetics picture 5. Retrieved from www.nursingascaring.com

Posters and Podium Presentations

  • Sullivan, G., Hain, D., Williams, C. & Newman, D. (2019). Story-Sharing Intervention to Improve Depression and Well-Being in Older Adults Transitioning to Long-Term Care, 2019 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference (Podium).
  • Sullivan, G., Hain, D., Williams, C., & Newman, D. (2019). Story-Sharing Intervention to Improve Depression and Well-Being in Older Adults Transitioning to Long-Term Care, 2019 Aging Society of America’s Aging in America Conference (Poster Accepted for April).
  • Sullivan, G., Hain, D. & Williams, C. (November, 2018). Effects of a Story-Sharing Intervention on Depression and Well-being in Older Adults Transitioning to Long-term Care. Gerontology Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting (Poster).
  • Sullivan, G. & Hain, D. (April, 2018). Effects of a Story-Sharing Intervention on Depression and Well-being in Older Adults Transitioning to Long-term Care. Sigma Global Nursing Excellence: Iota Xi Chapter, 30th Anniversary Celebration Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University (Poster).
  • Sullivan, G. & Hain, D. (March, 2018). Effects of a Story-Sharing Intervention on Depression and Well-being in Older Adults Transitioning to Long-term Care. American Medical Director Association (AMDA) Post-acute/ Long-term care (PALTC) the Southern Nursing Research Association (February) (Poster and Presentation).
  • Sullivan, G. (November, 2017). Older adult transitions to long-term care: A meta-synthesis. 2nd World Congress on Nursing & Nurse Education (Podium).
  • Sullivan, G. (April, 2014). Long-term care, Haitian American nursing assistant, and heart disease. Fourth Annual Florida Nurses Association Symposium (Poster).
  • Sullivan, G. (May, 2014). Long-term care, Haitian American nursing assistant, and heart disease. The Florida Chapter of GAPNA 2014 FL-GAPNA 2nd CEU Symposium (Poster).
  • Sullivan, G. (May, 2013). Nursing curriculum and the science of caring. 34 th International Association for Human Caring Conference (Podium).

Honors/Awards

      • 2016 Florida Nurses Foundation District 21 Louise Fiske Memorial Scholarship
      • 2014 Excellence in discovering best practices, Fourth Annual Florida Nurses Association Symposium, Poster presentation: Long-Term Care, Haitian American Nursing Assistant, and Heart Disease
      • 2008 Nurse of the year-Education and Staff Development,  Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital
      • 1997 Nurse of the year-Staff Nurse, Memorial Regional Hospital                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Funded Research Grants (Present)
    • Story-Sharing on well-being of older adults transitioning to long-term care Christine E. Lynn Center for Caring Research Initiative Award $ 3,000

Education

  • PhD: Christine E. Lynne College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (May, 2017)
  • Board Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) (since 2008): American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Board Certified Adult Registered Nurse Practitioner (since 1998): ANCC
  • MSN, ARNP: Florida International University, Miami, FL (December, 1996)                 
  • BSN, RN: The College of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY (1983)