Salisbury

Nursing Department Faculty

   

Debra Webster EDd, RN, BC

Office: Devilbiss Hall Office 220
Telephone: 410-543-6407
Fax: 410-548-3313
Email: dawebster@salisbury.edu

In 2008, the Department of Nursing received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Department of Nursing has undergraduate programs for traditional, 2nd degree, and RN students. The Graduate Program offers a Master of Science in Home Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Leadership and Management. There is also a Post Masters Certification options for Family Nurse Practitioner and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Care Leadership.

  • Positions Held

    • SSU Department of Nursing: Assistant Professor and Associate Chair - January 2009 - Present
    • SSU Department of Nursing: Assistant Professor - August 2008 - January 2009
    • SSU Department of Nursing: Instructor - August 2000 - December 2005
    • Dorchester County Health Department:  HIV Case Manager - 2004 - 2005
    • Peninsula Regional Medical Center:  Psychiatric Staff Nurse - 2004
    • Wor-Wic Community College:  Clinical Instructor Psychiatric Nursing - 1993
    • Chesapeake Youth Center:  Assistant Administrator for Clinical Services/Director of Nursing/Staff RN - 1989 - 2004
    • Eastern Shore Hospital Center:  Psychiatric Staff RN - 1984 - 1989
    • Honors, Memberships, and Certifications

      • National League for Nursing: Certification as Nurse Educator - July 2009 - Present
      • American Nurses Credentialing Center:  Board Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - 1991 - Present
      • American Nurses Association - September 2005 - Present
      • Maryland Nurses Association - August 2005 - Present
      • Maryland Nurses Association Delegate to District 4 - January 2007 - Present
      • Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society Lambda Eta Chapter - 1992 - Present

      Professional Appointments

      • Partners in Nursing:  Faculty Mentor - February 2007 - Present
         

      Recent Presentations

      • Using Guided Reflection and Creativity to Promote Student Learning in a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Course - Podium Presentation at Drexel University Nursing Education Institute Conference in Arlington, Virginia.  June 2009.

      • Changing Perceptions of Mental Illness:  A Mixed-Method Study - Poster Presentation at Drexel University Nursing Education Institute Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  June 2008.
         
      • Using Creative Arts to Enhance Student Empathy and Understanding of Mental Illness, Poster Presentation Drexel Nursing Education Institute in Miami, Florida - June 2007.
         

      Recent Presentations

      • Webster, D. (2009). Addressing nursing students' stigmatizing beliefs toward mental illness. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 47(10), 33-44.
         
      • Webster, D. (2010). Promoting empathy through a creative reflective teaching strategy: A mixed-method study. Journal of Nursing Education, 49 (2), 87-94.

      Institutions Attended

      • 2005 - 2008 - Wilmington University - EdD in Organizational Leadership
      • 1994 - Salisbury State University  - Master of Science - Nursing Administration
      • 1988 - Salisbury State University - Bachelor of Science - Nursing
      • 1987 - Wor-Wic Community College - Associate of Arts - Nursing
      • 1984 - Eastern Shore Hospital Center School of Practical Nursing - Diploma Practical Nursing

      Dissertation: Promoting Empathy Using a Creative Reflective Experience in Psychiatric Nursing
      Thesis: 
      Nursing Students' Attitudes Toward Psychiatric Nursing

      Areas of Interest

      • Mental Health
      • Leadership
      • Nursing Management
      • Empathy
      • Creative Reflective Experiences
      • Teaching Methods