Crystal Bennett


Dr. Crystal Bennett, lecturer, teaches advanced medical surgical nursing, nursing theory, and evidence-based practice and research.

Bennett has experience as an acute care nurse in hospital-based settings. Her academic interests focus on developing interprofessional collaboration between health professions and promoting undergraduate research. 

To help students understand the importance of nursing research, she guides nursing students through the process of developing individual research projects that can impact nursing care of patients. Recent student projects include assessing awareness and knowledge of human trafficking among registered nurses and assessment of moral courage among bachelor's in nursing students. Bennett also serves as a consultant to local healthcare agencies on ways to improve staff education and training to improve outcomes.

In addition to mentoring students, she has conducted an evidence-based research project that examined the impact exercise has on physical performance and quality of life in older adults. For her doctoral dissertation, she studied the effects of an eight-week line dancing intervention on physical performance and mobility in older adults. 

She received a bachelor’s in nursing from UWF, master’s in nursing education with a specialization in adult health from University of South Alabama, and a doctorate in nursing science with a minor in aging from the University of Florida.