- Position: Chair
- Department: School of Nursing
- Office Location: Building 37, Room 110
- Campus: (850) 473-7761
Dr. Randall Johnson, chair and associate professor of nursing, teaches pediatric nursing, pathophysiology, pharmacology and nursing research.
Johnson leverages the clinical expertise and leadership skills that he developed during his 30 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist and nursing faculty to enhance nursing students' educational and research experiences at UWF.
His research interests focus on the areas of ventilator-associated pneumonia and endotracheal cuff pressures. He has presented podium and poster presentations on these topics at national conferences. He also wrote a book chapter on the nursing care of children with hematologic disorders for "Essentials of Pediatric Nursing," a nursing textbook that is the cornerstone of pediatric undergraduate education.
He was a co-principal investigator on a study that used the pediatric early warning system to predict if patients were at higher risk of developing respiratory or cardiac emergencies. For his doctoral dissertation, he developed an educational intervention that evaluated whether head of bed elevation decreased incidence of aspiration and pneumonia.
To promote evidence-based nursing at UWF, Johnson is collaborating with clinical health agency administrators to develop academic-practice partnerships that provide research opportunities in evidence-based practice for nursing graduates.
Before coming to UWF in 2015, he was the assistant dean and director of graduate nursing programs at Cedarville University in Ohio, and director of the RN-BSN program at Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences in Orlando.
He received his bachelor's from Cedarville University, master's from the University of Pennsylvania, and doctorate from the University of Central Florida, all in nursing.