Faculty Profile

Deborah Acker
Assistant Professor
ABSN Sacramento

Deborah spent the first twenty years of her career as an active Certified Nurse-Midwife caring for under-served, high-risk populations.  She played key roles in setting up clinical systems for her target population and establishing midwifery care in large hospital systems.  During this time she was active as clinical faculty educating nurses, nurse-midwives, medical students and residents.

Deborah obtained her JD in 2001 planning to expand her role into policy and medical-legal issues.  After a brief stint as a patent lawyer, she worked in a variety of medical-legal roles in public health, within the VA system, and in university nursing programs.

Deborah is pleased to have joined Samuel Merritt University where she feels fortunate to teach her favorite subjects and participate in service to the school and the community.  She is enjoying the opportunity to pursue her long-term research interests related to patient-provider relationships with a focus on trust, and how it affects health outcomes in the obstetric population.

JD, University of California, Davis

MSN, Yale University

Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Nursing

Maternity Nursing


Community Health

Health Policy

Underserved Communities

Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Nursing

Introduction to Nursing and the Healthcare System

Transition to the Professional Role of the Nurse

Maternity and Community Health Clinicals

Exploration of how a patient's "trust" in their provider may influence their health outcomes, with a focus on obstetrics

Sigma Theta Tau International

American Nurses' Association

National League of Nursing

American College of Nurse-Midwives

California Nurse-Midwives Association

Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses

American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants

State Bar of California

American Bar Association


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