Paula S. McCauley, Director

AACN Board
July 2014 – June 2017


Paula S. McCauley, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CNE, serves a three-year term as a director on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017.

McCauley is associate dean for academic affairs at University of Connecticut School of Nursing in Storrs, a position she has held since 2013. Her relationship with the university began in 1999 at the Health Center as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) in the critical care service.

Her academic appointments at the school of nursing began in 2003 and have included a joint clinical/faculty position as associate/assistant clinical professor for the accelerated registered nurse and graduate programs and track coordinator for the ACNP program. She also was a clinical faculty member serving as a preceptor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Yale University School of Nursing. 

Earlier in her career, she served as a trauma program coordinator, emergency department and ICU charge/staff nurse and a pediatric staff nurse in hospitals in Connecticut.

McCauley’s AACN involvement includes serving on the API Program Planning Committee, 2014; ACNPC Item Writing Team, 2011–2012; NTI Poster Abstract Review Panel, 2010–2013; and CE Evaluation Committee since 2010.

She has been a pilot test and field test participant for the ACNPC-AG exam and a manuscript reviewer for American Journal of Critical Care.

She also is a member of the American Nurses Association, Connecticut Nurses Association, American Association of Colleges of Nurses and Connecticut League for Nurses, Deans and Directors chair-elect, 2014–2016.

McCauley’s publications include “Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines and Their Impact on Prevention of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections, Clinical Scholars Review, 2012; “The Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate as Faculty Member,” Nursing Clinics of North America, 2012, co-author; and “COPD in the Intensive Care Unit,” Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 2012, co-author.

She earned a doctor of nursing practice degree in 2010 from University of Connecticut with a clinical practice dissertation focused on hospital-acquired infections. She also has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Connecticut and a nursing diploma from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury, Connecticut.


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