Barbara J. Fletcher
Barbara Johnston Fletcher, RN, MSN, FPCNA, FAAN is currently Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, College of Health, at the University of North Florida and Research Collaborator, Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. As a clinician and researcher in the field of cardiovascular nursing, she has conducted seminal studies on activity for cardiac patients, which evolved into a steady trajectory of scholarly inquiry into exercise behaviors and outcomes for different patient populations. She has led multidisciplinary research projects as a co-principal investigator of federally funded studies addressing cardiovascular risk factors. Barbara has consistently disseminated her expertise and research through more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books. She is a founding board member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and has supported nursing education and leadership for many years. Her leadership in the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing led directly to innovative health policy activities, increased visibility for nursing science, and expanded the scope of nursing’s influence in important patient care and research issues. Her innovative and creative contributions to nursing, health care, and the public are exemplary. She is one of the founding members of “Us”, a University of North Florida, College of Health program addressing women and girls’ health in the greater Jacksonville area.