MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner), University of Central Florida, College of Public Health, Orlando, Florida
BSN (Nursing), University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing and Health
Deanna (Dede) joined the Belmont faculty as an adjunct instructor in the Spring of 2005. In the fall of the same year she joined the faculty on a full time basis. She teaches Health Assessment in the classroom and lab as well as teaching clinical at the Introductory level.
Dede’s practice experience is in the field of adult health, specifically critical care. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Providence Hospital in Cincinnati. For the next 16 years she worked in various critical care and cardiac rehab settings. After moving to Florida, she returned to school to get her Master’s as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After graduation, and a brief period of conducting research, she joined the faculty at Florida College of Health Science, where she taught Fundamentals of Nursing.
A personal note from Dede. . .
I can truly say that I was called into a career in Nursing. Having grown up in a very medically oriented family, (my father was a surgeon, my mother a nurse) I was bound and determined to make my own way and do something different (not health related) with my life. God however had another plan. Shortly before graduating from high school, and intending to be an architect, a close friend told me I needed to pray about my college major. It was then that I chose Nursing, and I have been blessed by the decision ever since.
I attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated with my BS in Nursing in 1984.Upon graduation I went to work briefly on an oncology floor, but soon transferred into critical care where I spent the majority of my career. I realized I enjoyed teaching during these years as a staff nurse. While some nurses would complain when they had to work with a student, I found myself looking forward to the time spent showing students new skills or explaining pathophysiology.
In 2001, I graduated with my Masters from the University of Central Florida. Upon graduation I worked on an NIH funded breast cancer study for several months before I began teaching at the Florida College of Health Sciences. Upon moving to the Nashville area in 2004, I discovered a wonderful place to work and teach - Belmont University. Currently, I teach Health Assessment and take Introduction to Nursing students into the hospital for their first clinical rotation. Here I get the privilege of “hatching” dozens of future nurses each semester and starting them on a path of sound nursing practice.