Martin Schiavenato

Assistant Professor, Nursing

I am a former newborn intensive care unit nurse and passionate about educating the next generation of nurses and advanced practice nurses in the context of a healthcare system that sorely needs competent, innovative, compassionate clinicians with a fire...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Nursing, University of Central Florida

M.S., Sociology, Florida State University

B.S.N., Florida State University

Courses Taught

NURS 100: Nursing Perspectives

NURS 251: Determinants of Health

NURS 404: Research & Information Management

NURS 406: Nursing Research

NURS 563: Evidence-Based Practice for Quality & Safety

NURS 565: Clinical Prevention for Diverse Populations

NURS 708: Inferential Statistics

I am a former newborn intensive care unit nurse and passionate about educating the next generation of nurses and advanced practice nurses in the context of a healthcare system that sorely needs competent, innovative, compassionate clinicians with a fire for social justice.    

I would say that my work lies at the junction of technology and its application to improve healthcare. I am a medical device inventor and alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, and the Pain in Child Health program from the Canadian Institute of Health Research.  Lately I have expanded my interests to include making an impact on the paltry representation of males and people of color in the profession.   

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Journal Articles, Refereed, Published

Schiavenato, M., Edwards, S., Tiedt, J., Owens, J. (2022). Comparing the Learning Effectiveness of Three Virtual Simulation Tools with Nursing Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Mar 13. DOI:

Schiavenato, M., Chu, F. (2021). PICO: What it is and What it is Not. Nursing Education in Practice. Sep 2;56:103194. DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2021.103194.

Roberts, M.L., Schiavenato, M. (2017). Othering in the Nursing Context: A Concept Analysis. Nursing Open. Available at: DOI: 10.1002/nop2.82

Schiavenato, M., & Holsti, L. (2017). Defining Procedural Distress in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and What Can Be Done about It. Neonatal Network, 36(1). DOI:

Brody, A., Gillespie, G., Palazzo, S., Schiavenato, M., Pesut, D. (2017). Diversity Dynamics: Lessons Learned from the Experience of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars. Nursing Outlook. DOI:

Hu, H., Gupta, S., & Schiavenato, M. (2016). An 143nW relaxation oscillator for ultra-low power biomedical systems. IEEE Sensors 2016 Conference Proceedings.1-3, DOI: 10.1109/ICSENS.2016.7808755

Delane, A., Bohórquez, J., Gupta, S., & Schiavenato, M. (2016). Lomb Algorithm versus Fast Fourier Transform in Heart Rate Variability Analyses of Pain in Premature Infants. 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference Proceedings. 944-947, DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2016.7590857.

Monsen, K. A., Schenk, E., Schleyer, R., & Schiavenato, M. (2015). Applicability of the Omaha System in acute care nursing for information interoperability in the era of accountable care. American Journal of Accountable Care, 9.15, 53-61.

Schiavenato, M., Alvarez O. (2013). Pain assessment during a vaso-occlusive crisis in the pediatric and adolescent patient: Rethinking practice. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 30(5), 242-8.

Schiavenato, M., Oliu, C., Bello, E., Bohórquez, J., & Claure, N. (2013). Development of a system for the assessment of heart rate variability in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). 29th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference Proceedings, 25-26, DOI: 10.1109/ SBEC.2013.21.

Schiavenato, M., Antos SA, Bell FA, Freedman BR, Kozak AJ, Kroot TB, Lam EH, Ross KE, Sternfield BA, Carney LH. (2013). Development of a scale for estimating procedural distress in the newborn intensive care unit: The Procedural Load Index. Early Human Development, 89(9), 615-9. 

Schiavenato, M., von Baeyer, C.L. (2012). A quantitative examination of extreme facial pain expression in neonates: the Primal Face of Pain Across Time. Pain Research and Treatment, 2012, 7 pages.

Schiavenato, M., Thiel, R.G. (2012). Thermography detects subclinical inflammation in chronic tophaceous gout. The Journal of Rheumatology,39(1), 182-183.  

Schiavenato, M., Butler-O'Hara M., Scovanner P. (2011). Exploring the association of pain intensity and facial display in term newborns. Pain Research and Management, 16(1), 10-12.

Schiavenato, M., & Craig, K. D. (2010). Pain assessment as a social transaction: Beyond the gold standard". Clinical Journal of Pain, 26(8), 667-676.

Schiavenato, M. (2009). Reevaluating simulation in nursing education: beyond the human patient simulator. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(7), 388-394.

Schiavenato, M., Byers, J. F., Scovanner, P., McMahon, J. M., Xia, Y., Lu, N., et al. (2008). Neonatal pain facial expression: Evaluating the primal face of pain. Pain, 138(2), 460-471.

Schiavenato, M. (2008). Facial expression and pain assessment in the pediatric patient: The Primal Face of Pain. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13, (2).

Schiavenato, M., Byers, J., Scovanner, P., Windyga, P., Shah, M. (2007). Is there a primal face of pain? A methodology answer. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference roceedings, 2007, 3559.

Schiavenato, M. (2006). Technology Brief: Digital Pen and Paper: A review of the technology and its potential application in healthcare. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 10, (1).

Schiavenato, M. (1997). The Hispanic elderly: Implications for nursing care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, June.


The common thread in my research is the time-honored tradition in nursing to “make do”, to creatively respond to a need in a pragmatic fashion.  Themes in my research include pain assessment, technology in care, and inclusion in nursing.  Google Scholar Profile.