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.

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Meet Our Team


Director of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Dr. Danielle Altares Sarik PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC directs nursing research at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Sarik facilitates the implementation of evidence-based practice and quality improvement projects for the nursing team. She is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and serves as Research Preceptor or Mentor for DNP and PhD students at local and national institutions. She has held Visiting Research Scholar positions at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, and Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences.

Dr. Sarik has research expertise in health services and outcomes research.  Her research focuses on the evaluation of healthcare, with a particular emphasis on factors impacting patient safety and health outcomes, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce. Key areas of interest include: pediatric health services, the transition from hospital to home, the role of advanced practice nurses, and domestic and international health policy and reform. She has served as Principle Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple grant-funded studies, including AHRQ, Cardinal Health, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and ANCC. Her scholarly work has been presented internationally, and is published in interprofessional peer-reviewed journals including Hospital Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Medical Care Research and Review.

She holds a PhD, MSN and BSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Cornell University. She is nationally certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, and has cared for patients in China, Botswana, and Nicaragua in additional to the US. Dr. Sarik is an active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and she serves as a member on the Health Policy Committee.

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