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Rene Love is an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Graduate Clinical Education and a Clinical Professor at the University of Florida.

Dr. Love is an internationally recognized expert in advanced nursing practice education and leader in advancing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. Her leadership has influenced psychiatric mental health nursing and DNP education, practice, and policy. Her contribution to nursing includes identifying educational inequities, developing innovative programs, and creating innovative resources for faculty to improve the quality of DNP education and healthcare delivery.

In response to data revealing dramatic shortages of psychiatric mental health providers, Dr. Love received federal funding to create innovative strategies to increase Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) graduates, improving access to care. She developed a dual-specialty program to prepare family nurse practitioner/PMHNPs to address the need for primary care and psychiatric providers in rural areas. As a pioneer in telehealth for DNP-NPs, she received funding to develop a telehealth module and Objective Simulated Clinical Experience (OSCE) for DNP-NP students, complementing traditional DNP-NP preparation by addressing the gap in access to care in rural areas.

Dr. Love received a BSN from Valdosta State University, MSN and DNP from Vanderbilt University, and PhD from the University of Arizona.


Rene Love


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Graduate Clinical Education

University of Florida


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