Dr. Debra L. Tavernier

Debra TavernierEdD, MSN, RN, Director,“ School of Nursing




  • 2011: Ed.D. Educational Leadership, California State University Stanislaus,
    Turlock, CA
    • Dissertation: Critical Thinking: Using Student Narrative to Understand Women's Evolving Role in the Birth Experience.
  • 2003: Masters Degree in the Science of Nursing, and Post-Secondary Education,
    California State University, Sacramento, CA
    • Thesis/Project: Development of a Self-Directed Nursing Skills Laboratory
  • 2002: School Nursing Services Credential, California State University,
    Sacramento, CA
  • 1996: Bachelors Degree in the Science of Nursing, University of Phoenix,
    Sacramento, CA
  • 1983: Associates Degree in the Science of Nursing, Ohlone Community College,
    Fremont, CA

Clinical Specialty

Maternity and Women's Health Care
Neonatal Intensive Care
School Nursing
Basic Medical Surgical Nursing

Research Interests

Birth Stories
Critical Thinking
Self-Directed Learning
Clinical Evaluation

Professional Experience

2011 - Present:
Director - School of Nursing, California State University, Stanislaus
Tenured Associate Professor of Nursing

  • Holistic Academic Review Committee member 2012
  • Student Nurse Extern Coordinator
  • Master's Thesis Chair X 3 and committee member X2
  • School of Nursing Graduate Committee member
  • University Dean search committee for College of Human and Health Sciences
  • University Assistant Dean search committee for University Extended Education

2002 - 2011:
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
California State University, Stanislaus

  • Assistant Director pre-licensure program
  • Song-Brown Grant award 2012 - $240,000 -€“ Ranked 1st in state
  • Song-Brown Grant award 2011 - $240,000 -€“ Ranked 1st in state
  • Song-Brown Grant award 2010 - $240,000 -€“ Ranked 1st in state
  • Song-Brown Grant award 2009 - $240,000 - Ranked 6th in state
  • Assessment Leadership Team
  • Assessment Nursing Program Director
  • College of Human and Health Sciences Curriculum Committee
  • Designed and implemented Self-Directed Nursing Skills Laboratory based on Masters
  • Project.
  • Designed and implemented Clinical Care Plans for Medical-Surgical, Maternal-Child, and Mental Health Nursing.
  • Designed and implemented Clinical Evaluation Tool used in every clinical specialty.
  • Designed and implemented Medication and Physical Assessment evaluation tools used in every clinical rotation.
  • Implemented Pediatric clinical immersion program with Children's Center of Central California.
  • Designed and Implemented Student Nurse Extern Program €“ 6 units trimester
  • Curriculum committee participant €“ Standard III Chair €“ Curriculum and Teaching Learning Practices
  • Nursing Department Academic Senator -€“ 4 years
  • Nursing Department Library Liaison -€“ 3 years
  • Nursing Department Scholarship Committee Chair -€“ 3 years
  • Taught 12 units every semester:
    • NURS 2820 Nursing Skills Laboratory
    • NURS 3820 Reproductive Health
    • NURS 3800 Pediatric Nursing
    • NURS 4510 Nursing Communication
    • NURS 4820 Senior Seminar
    • NURS 4830 Senior Practicum
    • NURS 2910 Medical Surgical Clinical
    • NURS 3830 Reproductive Health Clinical
    • NURS 3810 Pediatric Clinical
    • NURS 4010 Issues facing the Profession
    • NURS 3320Leadership & Management, Writing Proficiency Course
    • NURS 3850 Maternal Child Clinical
    • NURS 5210 Curricula. Design, and Evaluation

2001 -€“ 2002:
Nursing Faculty, Department of Nursing
Modesto Junior College

  • Taught 12 units
    • Medical Surgical Theory
    • Medical Surgical Clinical
    • Skills Laboratory
    • Tutoring for failing students
    • Curriculum committee member

2000 -€“ 2001:
School Nurse
Modesto City Schools

  • 3 school sites: 2 Elementary, 1 Junior High = approx 8,000 students
    • Member of the IEP Committee
    • Conducted hearing & vision screening on all K, 2nd, 5th, & 8th grade students.
    • Conducted scoliosis screening on all 8th grade students
    • Managed on-site Immunization clinics
    • Managed on-site State Mandated Physical Assessment clinics

1998 -€“ 2000:
School Nurse
Elk Grove Unified School District

  • 4 school sites: 3 Elementary, 1 Junior High = approx 10,000 students
    • Member of the IEP committee
    • Conducted hearing & vision screening on all K, 2nd, 5th & 8th grade students.
    • Conducted scoliosis screening on all 8th grade students.
    • Conducted on-site TB screening
    • Managed on-site Immunization clinics
    • Designed and implemented Insulin pump management for insulin dependent junior high students.

1997 -€“ 1998:
House Supervisor
Mercy General Hospital, Mercy Healthcare

  • Supervision of 500 bed hospital
  • Triage cardiac patients from pre-op to discharge
  • Designed  and Implemented patient tracking system
  • Managed staffing for oncoming shift for entire house

1995 -€“ 1997:
PHAMIS Computerized Charting Team, Maternal/Child Nursing
Mercy Healthcare

  • Designed and developed nursing computer charting screens for Mercy Healthcare of Central California.
    • Labor & Delivery, Obstetrics, Newborn Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatrics.

1983 -€“ 2000:
Staff Nurse
Methodist Hospital, Mercy Healthcare

  • Neonatal Advance Life Support Nurse and trainer
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse
  • Labor & Delivery Nurse
  • Post-Partum Nurse
  • Newborn Nursery Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Medical €“ Surgical Nurse
  • Charge Nurse
  • Labor & Delivery scrub and circulation nurse
  • Developed curriculum and trained all nurses to scrub and circulate in Labor & Delivery Operating Room
  • Nurse Preceptor for BSN nursing students CSU, Sacramento
  • Nurse of the Year award
  • Developed and designed Skills Round-Up Days for department yearly certification.


2009:  Manuscript €œThe Genogram: Enhancing Student Appreciation of Family Genetics
The Journal of Nursing Education, published April, 2009, vol.48, (4).
2009: Reviewer for Leek Patho Phalsh! Pathophysiology Flash Cards€ (2010). F. A. Davis.
2008:  Manuscript collaboration Integrating Simulation Across the Curriculum€, Nurse Educator, published September/October 2008, vol.33, (5).
2008:  Reviewer for Nagtalon-Ramos, €œClinical Coach for Maternity Nursing€ (2008). F. A. Davis Company.

2008: Reviewer for Littleton & Engrebetson €œMaternal, Neonatal, and Women€™s Health Nursing€ (2008). Delmar-Cengage Learning.

Professional Presentations

2008:  Poster Presenter for 12th International Nursing Learning Resource Centers Conference, San Jose, CA. Skill Competency: An  Imperative for Clinical Faculty€.
2007: Poster Presentation, Self-Directed Nursing Resource Center, 7th National Conference on Nursing Skills Laboratories, San Antonio, Texas.
2007: Poster Presentation, Integrating Simulation Throughout the Curriculum, AACN€™s 2007 Hot Issues Conference, Denver, CO.
2004:  Poster Presentation, Self-Directed Nursing Skills Lab, Mosbys Faculty Development Conference, San Diego CA

Professional Organizations

2004 -€“ Present: Sigma Theta Tau, Rho Tau Chapter
1997 -€“ Present: CSNO, California School Nurses Organization, Central California
1988 -€“ Present: AWHONN, Association of Women€™s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses