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Deborah Nelson

Outstanding Lecturer Award
San José
Nursing

"It is important to find a welcoming learning environment where the nurses are prepared to teach and work with students.”

In her 37 years of nursing experience, Deborah Nelson, ’06 MS Nursing, has managed a nursing unit, conducted home visits, worked in public health and retired from the Mother/Baby Unit of Good Samaritan Hospital.

Since 2006, Nelson has also taught nine different nursing courses, conducted research to improve nurse education best practices and served as SJSU’s clinical placement coordinator. She also helped develop an interdisciplinary program in Grenada, an experience that she says “validates what students are learning” and offers “cultural humility, life experience and immersion in another culture.”

Nelson is always looking to evolve the way she delivers curriculum, challenging herself to learn a new technology, teaching strategy or pedagogy. This dedication earned her the 2018 Outstanding Lecturer Award.