Debra Swanzy, DNP, RN
Associate Professor
Adult Health Nursing

Research Interests
 
  • Student Retention and Success
  • Student Mentorship
  • Obesity Prevention Among Nursing Students
  • International Service Learning (Dominican Republic)

Education
 
  • DNP, University of South Alabama 2011
  • MSN, University of South Alabama 1991
  • BSN, University of South Alabama 1982

Specialized Training

  • Team-Based Learning Quality Enhancement Plan Pedagological Scholar

Selected Publications & Presentations
 
  • 2018-Graves, R., Fruh, S., Hall, H. R., Bydalek, K., Riley, B. H., Swanzy, D. M.,
    Williams, S. G., Wright, T. F., Carter, C. (2018, July). Focus on the freshman fifteen. Poster session presented at Sigma Theta Tau International's 29th International Nursing Research Congress, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2018-Williams, S. G., McDermott, R., Fruh, S., Graves, R., Hall, H., Wright, T., Swanzy, D., & Carter, C. (submitted 2018, May). Nursing students' satisfaction with daily life: A holistic approach. Journal of Nursing ducation. https://www.healio.com/nursing/journals/jne (submitted)
  • 2018-Swanzy, D., Lynch, C., Wright, T., & Jordan, K. (2018, May). Integrating clinical situations to improve students’ attitudes toward the elderly population and identification of common healthcare needs of a vulnerable population. Podiumpresentation at the Eighth Annual South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning, Mobile, AL.
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Ongoing Research Support
 
  • Wright, T., Lynch, C., Swanzy, D. & Jordan, K. (2017). Integrating clinical situations to improve students’ attitudes toward the elderly population and identification of common healthcare needs of a vulnerable population. Funded by TeamUSA at $1,980. Role: Co-Investigator

Completed Research Support

  • 2013-Dearmon, V, & Buckner, E……..Swanzy, D.M. (2013) Building Collaborative Capacity for Research and Quality Improvement Through Implementation of a Nursing Shared Governance Model. University of South Alabama Faculty Development Council Grant (Funded $2,000)
  • 2012- Dearmon, V., Buckner, E., Pomrenke, B., Moore, B. Swanzy, D. Lawrence, S. & Roussel. Additional investigators (USAMC) Mestas, L., Heinl, V., Mosley, A., Salas, S, Williams, C., & York, K. Frontline Engagement: Engaging an Interdisciplinary Team for Improvement Science, USA College of Nursing Dean’s Grant, $2000.
  • 2012-Moore, L.P., Swanzy, D., Farmer, J.E, Smith, K.K., VandeWaa, E., Bydalek, Anderson, J., & Carlisle, E. (2012). “Use of Team-Based Learning to Improve Academic Performance, and Student Engagement in Baccalaureate Students Enrolled in a Pre-clinical Nursing Course”, University of South Alabama Dean's Grant. Funded ($1000.00). (funded)

Teaching
 

Doctoral Courses

  • Translating Evidence into Practice Systems NU 611
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care Systems NU 608

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Professional Nursing Clinical, NU 301
  • Foundations of Professional Nursing Theory, NU 300
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Honors and Awards
 
  • 2018-Best Poster Award, 2018 International Team Based Learning Collaborative
    Conference, TBL Based Integration of Clinical Situations to Enhance Nursing
    Student Perceptions of the Elderly: A Mixed Methods Study
  • 2018-Team USA, University of South Alabama, Recognition for Outstanding
  • Achievements in Team-Based Learning as QEP Pedagological Scholar
  • 2017-Team USA, University of South Alabama, Recognition for Outstanding
  • Achievements in Team-Based Learning as QEP Pedagological Scholar
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