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Dr. Debra Rose Wilson, Associate Professor

Dr. Debra Rose Wilson

"A BSN starts to open doors for new positions, further education and certification"

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Health Psychology – Walden University, 2006
  • M.S. in Holistic Nursing – Tennessee State University, 2002
  • BSN – Lakehead University, 1981
  • B.A. in Psychology – Lakehead University, 1981
  • Registered Nursing Assistant – LaVerendrye School of Nursing, 1976

Career Highlights:

  • American Holistic Nurse of the Year 2017-2018, National Award.
  • March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Nursing Education category, Tennessee. Awarded Dec. 8, 2015, in Nashville, TN.
  • Tennessee Nurses' Association Award for Nursing Excellence in Education for 2013. Awarded in 2014. This TNA statewide award recognizes outstanding performance in nursing education and nursing leadership which improves the quality of nursing care and professional/community service.
  • Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award for Tennessee. Awarded April 28, 2011. Every year the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) recognizes outstanding community service performed by a faculty member from universities and colleges throughout the state.

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 3300: Concepts of Professional Nursing for RNs; NURS 3341: Holistic Nursing for RNs

What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?

I want students to gain a love of learning and a desire to keep that going with graduate school. They will finish as better writers who are prepared to continue learning.

What advice would you give to nurses considering the online RN to BSN program?

This program takes about a year to get through. Being online allows you to work in the evenings or during down times at work with the ability access your course material from anywhere. Do set aside a few hours every day to focus in on the material. Log into the classes and email daily to be sure you aren’t missing anything. Get to know your faculty and ask for a phone call when you need more direction.

What is the value of a BSN?

A BSN starts to open doors for new positions, further education and certification.

Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?

I was drawn to nursing because it is a noble profession associated with integrity and caring. I stay in nursing because I see the ripple I make in other people's lives. I am as touched by them as they are touched by my nursing care.

What qualities make someone a good nurse?

Beyond caring, nurses need to be able to communicate to and for their patients. They need to be able to navigate the health care system for their patients and they want to learn more.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

Managing self-care and life balance with a demanding career.

Why did you start teaching?

I have the passion to teach and I love to see students engaged in learning and discovery that can be applied to what they do every day.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

“The Cry and the Covenant” by Morton Thompson

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

I teach in a midwifery program in South Africa every couple of years and am also doing research with the University of Botswana.

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