College of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Dr. Hays is an expert pediatric nurse practitioner and Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has been Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Florida and coordinator for the Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) tracks. She is a rural health practitioner and NP advocate, demonstrating advocacy excellence through clinical practice and legislative engagement at state, national and international levels. She drives leadership in improving care of children and is an invited presenter nationally and internationally on NP practice and vulnerable populations. Dr. Hays led a national workgroup for human trafficking protocol development and is an invited presenter on the topic. She is the current Treasurer for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and has been Co-Chair for international and national committees. She has numerous publications and recently co-authored the position paper on the role of the pediatric nurse practitioner during disasters. She developed the first NP-led multidisciplinary care team at her institution and is active in national leadership on academic program initiatives. In addition to being member of the UF Senate and numerous College of Nursing committees, she has been the American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Representative for Florida (North), Regional Lead for the Florida Action Coalition, Florida Center for Nursing, and is faculty advisor to the UF Health Patient Safety and Nursing Quality Council. Dr. Hays is the recipient of state, national, and international leadership and advocacy awards.