DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDE, CTTS
Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Director, Assistant Clinical Professor
Division of Graduate Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department
Nurse Practitioner M.S.N. Department
Three Parkway, Room 916
Brenda L. Douglass, DNP is the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Director and holds a dual-role as full-time Assistant Clinical Professor at Drexel University where she teaches across the graduate nursing programs in the DNP and nurse practitioner curriculums. She is an Advanced Practice Nurse, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over 25 years of nursing experience. Previously, she held a dual leadership role as the Coordinator of Clinical Faculty at Drexel across all nurse practitioner tracks in conjunction with the scholarship of teaching.
In addition to teaching, Douglass brings forth a wealth of clinical experience in her role as FNP caring for individuals with acute and chronic conditions. As a clinician, she practices in a primary care setting in southern New Jersey. She has also practiced clinically in various specialty areas of endocrine, cardiology, pulmonology, sleep disorders, and chronic health conditions. Her extensive nursing experience in emergency nursing and trauma care adds to her knowledge in caring for individuals across the lifespan and educating upcoming nusring professionals. Douglass is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS).
Douglass received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University (2011) with a specialization in Tobacco Use Disorders and combination pharmacotherapy. In 2006, she earned a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Thomas Jefferson University where her graduate project focused on diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome. Undergraduate studies were completed at Immaculata University earning a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree.
She is published and a national speaker. With a practice-doctorate in nursing, clinical expertise, and as a seasoned faculty member, Douglass is uniquely prepared to improve health outcomes by teaching and delivering high quality, evidence-based care; educate doctorate prepared nursing professionals to lead and advance the future of health care; and to prepare advanced practice nurses for health care delivery.
Douglass has a passion for nursing education, preceptorship, and mentorship of nursing students at all levels. Facilitating student learner transition to DNP roles, registered nurse to nurse practioner roles, and nurse practitioner board certification preparation are areas where she is highly committed to. She possesses a strong interest in chornic disease prevention and management. Nicotine use disorders, markers of high nicotine dependence, and treatment modalities including combination pharmacotherapy are areas she is passionate about and has presented on nationally. Diabetes Mellitus is another area of interest and integral to her clinical practice.
Nursing education, transformational leadership, mentorship (clinical and academia roles), chronic conditions, diabetes mellitus, tobacco use disorders, and bone health wellness and disorders (osteoporosis and fragility fractures).
Douglass was a two-year recipient of the Pennsylvania Independence Blue Cross Nurse Scholars Program. In both undergraduate and graduate programs, graduating with high honors is among her academic merits.
Douglass is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and the South Jersey Advance Practice Nurse Council. She holds memberships in Sigma Theta Tau, Chi Zeta (Chatham University) and Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Rho (Thomas Jefferson University).