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
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