Paula McCauley, Director

AACN Board
July 2014-June 2017


Paula McCauley, DNP, RN, APRN, ACNP-BC, CNE, serves a three-year term on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017. She also served a one-year term as board treasurer from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

McCauley is associate clinical professor, adult gerontology acute care track coordinator at University of Connecticut School of Nursing. She was previously associate dean for academic affairs from 2012 to 2015. 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 as an adjunct faculty member, which led to clinical professor in a joint clinical/faculty position. She has served as a clinical faculty member with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and clinical preceptor for Yale University School of Nursing.

Her clinical background includes over 35 years in critical care, including experience as a trauma program coordinator, and emergency department and ICU charge/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 is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association/Connecticut Nurses Association leadership committee, Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition advisory committee and Connecticut League for Nurses, Deans and Directors committee, serving as chair, 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 has contributed chapters in “Practice Considerations for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners,” 2014, and “Advanced Critical Care,” 2nd edition (in press).

She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2010 from University of Connecticut with a clinical practice dissertation focused on hospital-acquired infections. She also has master’s and bachelor’s degrees 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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