Eugene Waterval


Dr. Eugene Waterval has more than 35 years of experience in critical care nursing, and education, of which more than 14 years of experience as a Magnet Program Director at a system and hospital level. He successfully led two designations for two specialty hospitals and one initial designation for a Level One Trauma Center. He developed and taught an online Nursing Leadership Development Program, and other Magnet®-related workshops, and created an electronic nursing peer review process, and a nursing practice review process. Through his international contacts as a Magnet Program Director, he advised organizations from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Malaysia regarding professional governance and Magnet®. He has published articles about simulation and teamwork, peer review, nursing leadership development related to Magnet® principles, and simulation-based annual competency review, and several nursing research manuscripts are in review for publication. His research focuses on nursing workload, nurse decision-making in titrating vasoactive medications, preceptor development, and teamwork. As an educator, he specialized in trauma and burn care and facilitated a 16-week preceptor development course online for a local university for almost three years. He is a member of the American Nurses Association, Florida Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, and he is currently active as co-chair for the mentorship program for the University of Central Florida Alumni Association. Past memberships included the Florida Association of Nurse Leaders, the Southern Nursing Research Society, and the Association for Leadership Science in Nursing.