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University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
MSN: University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
BSN: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Certificate of Public Health: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Contact Info:
Office: remote
Phone: 352.219.0066

Work and Education:
Dr. Stacia Hays is Associate Dean for the Online Graduate Program and Clinical Associate Professor for the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. She is also a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with an active pediatric practice. She is a current Primary Care Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. And holds national certifications as a Nurse Educator, Clinical Transplant Coordinator, as well as a Certificate in Public Health. Prior to her role at Baylor her experience includes DNP Program Director and Coordinator for Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tracks. Dr. Hays has extensive leadership with institutional Quality Improvement initiatives and project development. Her teaching is informed by her clinical, leadership, and institutional experiences while incorporating a variety of educational modalities. Internationally, she has been involved in developing a credentialing process for advanced practice nursing in Brazil.

Professional Organizations and Honors:
Dr. Hays is highly accomplished and recognized in her field as a pediatric and nursing advocate. She drives leadership in improving care of children and advocates for the profession of Nursing and NP practice. She has served as an elected leader in local, state, national organizations and international organizations and chaired a variety of committees. She is working with leaders from The Center to Champion Nursing to reimagine the state Action Coalition. She recently led a national workgroup for human trafficking protocol development and is an invited speaker on the topic. Dr. Hays has been the International Conference Chair for the International Transplant Nurses Society and National Conference Co-chair for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She was a member of the Pediatric Rural Healthcare Task Force and Regional Lead for the Florida Action Coalition. She has been an elected member to the several University committees. Dr. Hays is a member of the National Task Force for Quality NP Education and the national APRN Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, Education (LACE) Committee and active in national leadership on academic program initiatives. As an advisor to the UF Health Patient Safety and Nursing Practice Council, she developed a system for uniting nursing schools with quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Hays is the recipient of state, national, and international leadership and advocacy awards including America’s Top 10 NP Award, Florida Advocacy Icon Award, International Transplant Coordinator of the Year, Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Advocacy Scholar Award, and Emerging Nurse Leader. Dr. Hays is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and current Treasurer of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Articles and Presentations:
Dr. Hays scholarship focuses on nursing quality and advocacy, and improving resiliency in children due to trauma, disasters and chronic illness. She is an invited presenter nationally and internationally on NP practice and vulnerable populations. She contributes to textbooks, publications from nursing organizations, as well as podcasts and other media. She has presented at state, regional, national and international levels on the topics that include care of chronically ill children, NP advocacy, and human trafficking.

Dr. Hays is passionate about mentoring and giving back to communities and nursing through active leadership in professional societies and community activities. As a rural health practitioner and NP advocate, she demonstrates advocacy through legislative engagement at state, national and international levels. She drives leadership in improving care of children and advocation for the profession of Nursing and NP Practice in her state and nationally. As a member of the Alliance for Children in Trafficking (ACT) she trains nursing and other healthcare professional to respond to human trafficking in their communities. She volunteers as a camp nurse and is an active member of her church.

Recent Publications:
Kauffman, K., Cline, G., & Hays, S.M. (2021). A ladder that matters: Conceptual development of a clinical ladder program for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000662

Hays, S.M. (2021). HEENT. In Sloand, E & Silbert-Flagg, J. (Eds.). Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification review guide-primary care (7th edition). Jones & Bartlett.

Peck, J.L., Meadows-Oliver, M., Hays, S.M., Maaks, D.G. (2020, March 13). White Paper: Recognizing child trafficking as a critical emerging health threat. Journal of Pediatric Health Care,35(3),260-269.

Hays, S.M., Thomas, H. & Taylor, L. (2020, May). A toddler with sudden onset tremors and change in temperament. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16(6), pages E77-81. doi:

Powell, C, Nunnery, C. Hays, S.M., Curry, K. (2019). Moving childhood immunizations out of the public health setting: Effects on immunization rates. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 21(1), pages 21-28.

Goodhue, C. J., Rickenback, T., Hays, S.M., Donohoe, M. (2019). NAPNAP Position Statement on Pediatric-Focused Advanced Practice Registered Nurses’ role in disasters involving children. National Association of Nurse Practitioners, Children in Disasters Special Interest Group. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 33(1). A16-A18. doi:

Batley, C., Greenbaum, J., Hays, S.M., Peck, J.L., Taylor, K. (2018). Providers Assessing Risk and Responding to Trafficking (3-PARRT): Child Trafficking 102. Pediatric continuing education online course. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Hays, S.M. & McGinnis, C.W. (2018). Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in children: Beyond metabolic syndrome. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(10), 725-731. Doi:

McGinnis, C.W. & Hays, S.M. (2018). The adult with liver failure in the intensive care unit: A transplant primer for nurses. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America1, 137-148. doi: doi: 10.1016/j.cnc.2017.10.012

Recent Presentations

Taylor, L. A., & Hays, S.M. (2021, September 9). Dare to prepare: Essentials for your leadership suitcase. International Transplant Nurses Society Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. Invited Preconference Leadership Workshop Presenter.

Hays, S.M., Taylor, L, & McCants, K. (2021, September 9-11). 
Decoding EBP: As easy as 1-2-3! International Transplant Nurses Society Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. Podium.

Hays, S.M. (2020, October 22-25). International Transplant Nurses Society Annual Meeting. Virtual. Invited Preconference Leadership Workshop presenter.

Hays, S.M. (2020, February 6). Advanced nursing practice in Latin American countries: From Masters to DNP. University of Florida & UF International Center. Gainesville, FL. Workshop leader.

Hays, S.M. (2019, August). Moving forward: From Masters to DNP, Promoting the Advanced Practice Role. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Invited keynote speaker, workshop leader.

Regional, State, and Local

Hays, S.M. (2020, September 24). Find your strength, live your passion. Florida Nurses Association 2020 Membership Assembly. Virtual. Podium.

Hays, S.M. (2020, August 20-22). Updates in pediatric primary care. Florida Nurse Practitioner Network 17th Annual Clinical Conference. Orlando, FL. (Conference canceled). Podium.

Hays, S.M. (2020. April 24). Envisioning a new era for NP education. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty 46th Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. Panel Presenter.

Hays, S.M. (2019, April 10) Human trafficking. Podcast. Podcast Specials @ Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved from

Hays, S.M. (2019, June 2). Chronic sorrow: A missing link to adherence. American Transplant Conference. Boston, MA. Podium.

Hays, S.M. (2019, March 9). Inhale, exhale: Five minutes to managing children’s emotions. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 2019 Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. Podium presentation.

Hays, S.M. (2019, March 9). Children in Disasters: Building resiliency and promoting wellness. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 2019 Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. Invited speaker.

Hays, S.M. (2021, August 27). Breaking the barriers: Addressing the needs of families of children with complex medical conditions. Florida Nurse Practitioner Network Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. Podium.!agenda

Hays, S.M., Timoney, P & Wright, A. (2021, March 1). APRN roles: Four roles, four ways to care. Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses Advocacy Series. Webinar presentation.

Hays. S.M. (2020, October 29). University of Florida Minority Health Professional Mentorship Program. Invited speaker, panelist.

Hays, S.M. (2020, September 24-26). Find your strength, Live your passion. Florida Nurses Association Membership Assembly. Virtual. Speaker.

Hays, S.M. (2019, December 11). Pictures of nursing: Pop culture and media portrayals of nursing. University of Florida, National Library Series. Gainesville, FL. Invited panel presenter.

Hays, S.M. (2019, November 15). Developing nurse advocates. Florida Center for Nursing/Florida Action Coalition 2019 Summit. Orlando, FL. Invited speaker.

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