EdD, Dowling College (2010)
MS, Adelphi University (1995)
BS, Adelphi University (1981)
Health Assessment (lab)
Introduction To Professional Nursing Practice
Transition To Professional Practice
Deborah Ambrosio Mawhirter, EdD, RN
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats
I love learning, and sharing knowledge, therefore teaching has become one of my passions. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and, find pleasure in learning from others as well as current topics in the literature. My personal philosophy is to never stop learning and to continually strive for excellence. This means always looking to see how to make improvements in self and processes. I believe teachers are facilitators and everyone has the potential to learn what they are motivated or interested in.
My goals in teaching are to inspire, motivate and empower students to learn, gain insight and knowledge. My purpose is in “lighting of the fire,” viewing the spark in my students when they have become motivated to seek information, ask more question, and incorporate teachings into their lives and practices. Empowering the nurse to ask questions; developing the “great” nurse to ask “why” to seek understanding and identify possible areas of improvement. As a nursing instructor the nursing professional code of ethics is essential to my teaching.
My teaching philosophy incorporates Knowles Theory of the Adult Learner; adults must be motivated to learn. I also believe in Aristotle’s philosophy; “what we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” These are extremely essential concepts in teaching nursing
Cultural Assessment of Pain
The Use of Simulation in Education
Performance Improvement in Health Care
Ambrosio,D. (2010). Chapter 7, The Nurse Leader & Teams in Klainberg & Dirschel's Today's Nursing Leader,Managing, Succeeding, Excelling (pp. 105-124). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
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Forbes, M., & Ambrosio, D. (2010). First Time in the Sim Lab: Designing and Implementing Effective Scenarios for the Novice Student. In International Nursing association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. Las Vega, NV.
Ambrosio, D & Forbes, M. (2010). First Time in the Sim Lab: Designing and Implementing Effective Scenarios for the Novice Student. In Drexel Simulation in Healthcare Conference,. Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
Ambrosio,D. & McCrink , A. (2009). A Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone Experience: Assessing Outcomes. In Sigma Theta Tau 20th International Research Conference Congress, Focusing on Evidence Based Practice. Vancover, BC.
Garofalo, P. & Ambrosio, D. (2009). Utilizing a Self Directed Learning Tool to Achieve Basic Life Support. In Drexel University Nursing Education Institute. Arlington, VA.
Ambrosio,D. & McCrink A. (2009). A Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone Experience: Assessing Outcomes. In Drextel University Nursing Education Institute. Arlington, Virginia.
Ambrosio, D. (2009). Conflict Resolution in Today's Healthcare Environment. In The Fifth Annual Leadership Conference,Adelphi University & Sigma Theat Tau International. Woodbury, NY.
Ambrosio, D. (2008). Gaming Using Simulation as a Pedagogical Tool. In Drexel University Nursing Education Institute. Atlantic City, NJ.
Ambrosio, D. (2008). Gaming Using Simulation as a Pedagogical Tool. In Conference on Computing in the Disciplines, Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Cyber World. Farmingdale, NY.
Ambrosio, D. (2007). Incorportating Simulation into a Nursing Fundamentals Skills Course. In Thired Annual Leadership Conference, Adelphi University & Sigma Theta Tau International. Garden City, NY.
Ambrosio, D. (2002). Integrating Multicultrural Issues of Pain Management in End of Life Care into a Nursing Orientation Program. In Global Society for Nursing & Health 5th Annual International Conference. New York,NY.
Ambrosio, D & Ryan, M (2002). Integrating Multicultrural Issues of Pain Management in End of Life Care into a Nursing Orientation Program. In Sigma Theta Tau, 14th International Nursing Research Congress. St.Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Honors and Accomplishments
2008-Showcase of Regional Excellence Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Outstanding Achievement, for the 4th Annual Leadership an Research Conference
2007-Excellence in Teaching Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Omega Chapter
1986 – 2008 Who's Who In American Nurses, The Society of Nursing Professionals,
2002,2000,1999,1998-Recognition of Service Award, Sigma Theta Tau
1996 -Leadership Award, Adelphi University, School of Nursing
1995-Sigma Theta Tau, Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient
1990-Saint Francis Hospital CPR Program Award for Exceptional Service 1981-Mildred Montag Leadership Award, Adelphi University
Past President, Adelphi Chapter,Sigma Theta Tau International, Nursing Honor Society
-American Association of Critical Care Nurses
-American Pain Society
-American Nurses Association / New York State; Nominating Committee
-American Holistic Nurses Association
-American Association of University Professors
-Society for Peripheral Vascular Nurses - Education Committee
The New York Citizens' Committee on Health Care Decisions
Community and Corporate Leadership
-Member of the New York Citizens' Committee on Health Care Decisions
-Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Leader
-St. Francis Hospital BLS Instructor
Licenses & Certifications
New York State Registered Professional Nurse