Deborah A. Greenawald, Ph.D., RN, PA-CSN, has been an assistant professor of nursing at Alvernia University since 2004.
Dr. Greenawald’s presentation grows out of two areas of scholarly interest—the use of reflective learning to connect theory with practice and the use of literature to enhance understanding of professional knowledge.
Her doctoral dissertation, “Understanding Reflection from the Perspectives of Baccalaureate Nursing Students,” was defended at Widener University in 2010, and she is currently working on several publications related to this research.
Dr. Greenawald is a regular contributor to the journal NASN School Nurse, for which she writes reviews of books, both fiction and non-fiction, which are relevant to school health practice and, therefore, useful for school nurse book clubs.
With her colleague, Theresa M. Adams, assistant professor of nursing, she has published and presented at national conferences on the topic of using literature as a continuing education strategy for school nurses and other healthcare and education professionals.
Dr. Greenawald holds a degree in nursing from George Mason University as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Bucknell University and is a veteran of the United States Navy Band.
Within the nursing department, she has promoted the incorporation of appropriate literature, both historic and current, into specific nursing coursework and is a strong proponent of using literature and reflection to promote the development of critical thinking skills and lifelong learning among her students and colleagues.