Science of Nursing

The Nursing Department at Nicklaus Children's Hospital supports, engages, and empowers nurses to initiate nursing research, Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) projects, and quality improvement initiatives throughout the organization. Nurses at all levels of care are continuously encouraged to explore and apply the most current and best practices, as well as to generate new knowledge when an identified need arises. Integration of EBP and nursing research into clinical and operational processes aligns with the Nursing Department’s commitment to provide high quality care and positive patient outcomes.

Meet Our Team


Nurse Research Scientist

Dr. Danielle Altares Sarik PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC directs nursing research through her role as Research Nurse Scientist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Altares Sarik’s research focuses on healthcare transitions, transition from hospital-to-home, and pediatric patient safety and health outcomes, with a particular focus on the role of nursing in care delivery.

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Evidence-Based Practice Supervisor

Dr. Laura M. Hernandez DNP, ARNP, CPN, FNP-C is our Nursing Clinical Education and EBP Supervisor. For more information on EBP projects and how to become involved, please contact