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Debra Lewis

Debra Lewis, MSN, RN, CPN

School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 553B
Phone: 412.396.5227


MSN, Nursing Education, Duquesne University, 1995
BSN, Nursing, Slippery Rock University, 1982

Debra A. Lewis joined Duquesne's School of Nursing as a full time instructor in August 2004. She had previously served as an adjunct faculty member from 2002-2004 teaching both didactic and clinical courses related to pediatrics and growth and development.  Before coming to Duquesne she spent 18 years in nursing and staff education in the Pittsburgh area.   Her interests include maternal child health nursing, simulation, chronic illness care, heart disease in women, and NCLEX preparation.

Mrs. Lewis received her diploma in nursing at Presbyterian Hospital of the Presbyterian- University of Pennsylvania Medical Center where she received the Caroline I. Milne award for excellence in bedside nursing.  She earned her BSN from Slippery Rock University and her MSN from Duquesne University where she also obtained additional graduate course work.

While at Duquesne she has continued to share her passion of working with children and families with undergraduate nursing students.  She is a certified pediatric nurse and has been a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses since 2004 where she served on the education committee from 2007-2011 and a co-chair of the committee in 2010.  As a founding member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Nurses for Kids, the local chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, she served as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors from 2005-2011. Professor Lewis has been able to combine her love of pediatric nursing and simulation and has presented multiple poster presentations at pediatric, nursing education, and simulation conferences.

Mrs. Lewis brings a wealth of educational and nursing experience to her role at the School of Nursing where she serves as a strong student advocate.  Her humanistic style of teaching is reflected in both her teaching style and student interactions where she serves as a strong nursing professional role model.


Predicting Success on the NCLEX RN Licensure Exams for Graduates of an Integrated Community-Based BSN Curriculum - Joan Lockhart, Project Coordinator. I am a facultymember involved in this on-going study.


June 2012: Poster Presentation: INACSL Simulation Conference: 'sextasy in the Simulation Lab: Incorporating Substance Abuse Content into Clinical Scenarios' with Charles Larew, PhD. RN and Rosanna Henry, MSN, RN.

January 2012: Poster Presentation: Elsevier/Mosby's Faculty Development Institute: -Using Student Led Presentations to Teach the Chronic Care Model in a Community-based integrated Curriculum- with Maureen Leonardo, MN,CRNP,CNE, FNP, BC.

November 2011: Presentation at the Society of Pediatric Nursing SPNK Chapter Meeting: -Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know about the Chronic Care Model and Were Afraid to Ask-.
April 2011: Poster Presentation: Society of Pediatric Nurses Annual Conference: -Pediatric Simulations: A Safe Place to Practice- with Charles Larew, PhD, RN and Rosanna Henry, MSN, RN

April 2011: Poster Presentation: Society of Pediatric Nurses Annual Conference: -Case Study Presentations Utilizing the Chronic Care Model in Pediatrics' with Maureen Leonardo, MN, CRNP, CNE, FNP, BC

April 2010: Podium Presentation: Pennsylvania Best Health Care Practices Conference: -Clinical Simulation: More than Just a Scenario- with Charles Larew, PhD, RN.

June 2010: Poster Presentation- INACSL Simulation Conference: -Clinical Simulation: More than Just a Scenario- with Charles Larew, PhD, RN and Rosanna Henry, MSN, RN

February 2008: American Heart Association Volunteer Speaker at the Bethel Woman's Club: -Cardiac Disease in Women-.

April 2008: Poster Presentation: Society of Pediatric Annual Conference: -Child Health Content in a Integrated BSN Community Curriculum- with Diane F. Colizza, RN, MN, APRN, BC.

November 2005: Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group Conference: -Planning and Designing a Clinical Nursing Faculty Development Site Using Blackboard- Collaborator with Joan Lockhart, PhD, Diane Colizza, RN, MN, APRN, BC and Carolyn Griffin, MSN, RN.


2015 - Cameos of Caring Award

1974 - The Caroline I. Milne Award for Excellence in Bedside Nursing