Valerie Danesh

Valerie Danesh
PhD, RN, FCCM Assistant Professor, Adult Health Nursing

NUR 5.137 Office

Adult Health Nursing Research Nursing Systems Tenured/Tenure Track
Acute Care Ethics Interprofessional Health Nursing Informatics Quality & Safety

Research Website


Dr. Danesh is an Assistant Professor of Adult Health Nursing. Her research program focuses on nursing surveillance across the continuum of care. Her current research is on nurse-led surveillance, including Rapid Response Teams, Early Warning Scores, and escalations in care.

Dr. Danesh has extensive experience in research operations, administration and research education, including the execution of multi-center clinical trials (phase I-IV investigational drug/device studies and investigator-initiated projects) in hospital and ambulatory care settings. She is a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, and has also mentored research nurses, regulatory specialists and investigators in topics ranging from health care privacy practices in research to FDA audit preparation. Dr. Danesh has served as an item writer for the research certification exam (CCRP) for the Society of Clinical Research Associates, and as a Beacon Award for Excellence reviewer for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Dr. Danesh is appointed to the Discovery Network Steering Committee (previously USCIIT) within the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and is a contributing expert for the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines as a member of the American College of Critical Care Medicine Task Force on Recognizing Critical Illness Outside of the ICU (CIO-ICU).


  • PhD, University of Central Florida, Nursing Research
  • MS, University of Central Florida, Health Services Administration
  • BSN, University of Central Florida, Clinical Nursing
  • BS/BA, University of Central Florida, Psychology

Certification and Licensure

  • RN, Texas (active)
  • RN, Florida (active)
  • Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP), Society of Clinical Research Associates (active)
  • CCRN-K, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (active)



  • Fellow of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Critical Care Medicine (2019)
  • Innovation in Nursing Education, Texas Organization of Baccaleureate and Graduate Nurse Education (2019)
  • Annual Scientific Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine (2013)
  • Outstanding Mentorship Award, ASPIRE Research Program, Lake Highland (2013)
  • Katie Brush Research Scholarship Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine (2012)


  • Spring 2020: UGS 302 Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials 
  • Fall 2019: N392E Application of Healthcare Research
  • Fall 2019: N273 Quality and Safety for Nursing Practice
  • Spring 2019: UGS 302 Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials
  • Spring 2019: N284T Professional Nursing Management

Student Opportunities (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Dr. Danesh is open to co-advising honors theses and other works. She feels that undergraduate research is one of the most important aspects of undergraduate education.

Committee member roles for graduate students: Dr. Danesh is particularly interested in PhD students with prior experience in direct-care nursing in acute care settings and nursing administration, an interest in critical illness survivorship or telemedicine, or questions concerning nursing surveillance and/or acute care work environments.