Deborah Smithers is a Faculty program Director for the AD in nursing program at Excelsior College. Previously, she taught BSN students both in the simulation laboratory, and classroom at Quinnipiac University. She obtained her BSN from Molloy College, her MSN with a specialty in nursing leadership and management from the University of California Los Angeles, and is currently enrolled at Walden University pursuing her PhD in Nursing Education.
Her area of interest and research is in critical care nursing, nursing leadership, and clinical simulation. She has been recognized as a leader in implementing the AACN Essentials of Critical Care Orientation, and has twice been awarded for her excellence in nursing leadership.
In the past she was a speaker at the CRRT International Conference on the topic of Challenges Facing Nursing. She also presented at the Ohio State University Medical Center Quest for Excellence Conference on the topic of Patient Rights and Responsibilities, and will be co-presenting a poster at the 2016 NLN Summit on the subject of The Use of Humor in a Non-Traditional Virtual Nursing Classroom. She co-authored the AACN Delegation Handbook, 2nd Edition, she wrote an editorial on the Impact of preinjury warfarin use in elderly trauma patients, published in The Journal of Trauma Nursing, and conducted clinical research on Transmyocardial laser revascularization compared to continued medical therapy for refractory angina pectoris which was published in The Lancet, (1999). Volume 354. pp 885-890.