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Deborah Bruner Laughon, Director of Professional Development and Clinical Experience

Deborah Bruner Laughon

Director of Professional Development and Clinical Experience

“Nursing offers many career paths. This degree provides a solid platform to support career options today and tomorrow. Nursing is so much more than a career. It is a lifelong commitment to serve.”


Degrees Held:

  • MSN – University of Phoenix, 2013
  • DBA – Nova Southeastern University, 1999
  • MSA – Central Michigan University, 1995
  • BSN – Florida Southern College, 1992

Career Highlights:

My career in nursing includes 20 years at the bedside in critical care, emergency and cardiovascular care. I enjoyed the role in critical care and served as a Board member for AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses). My career evolved to serve in nursing management, administrative roles and then to education. Education offers the opportunity to grow others, both at the facility and as faculty in online instruction. Another role is the Magnet Program Director. This encompasses clinical excellence responsibilities that integrate process improvement, shared leadership and strategic planning for nursing to improve clinical outcomes and economic efficiencies across the organization.

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?

MSN – Nursing Administration

What do you want students in your courses to learn? What are the learning outcomes or objectives?

While the courses are often skills, statistics and finance, it is the application of the knowledge that is most important to your career.

Why did you start teaching?

I was blessed with many levels of learning throughout my career, and teaching allowed me to pay it forward. I find that teaching also keeps me current and looking forward to tomorrow.

What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

Nursing offers many career paths. This degree provides a solid platform to support career options today and tomorrow. Nursing is so much more than a career. It is a lifelong commitment to serve.

How can this degree help students prepare for the challenges of the field?

This degree opens doors to help you think beyond “what is” to "what can be!" Nursing is a forever career.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

“Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey

What is the value of this degree?

This degree expands the role of nursing to leadership and practice at all levels.

What types of projects and work do you typically assign for these courses?

Papers and presentations.

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