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Jill Derstine

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Jill Derstine


Associate Clinical Professor

Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role MSN Department

Jill B. Derstine, EdD, RN, FAAN, has been active in nursing education and rehabilitation nursing for over 40 years. From 2002 through 2007 she served on the board of commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and served as chair of the board for the last two years of her term. She also chaired the Report Review committee, a subcommittee of the board, for four years. She is very active in international nursing education and has participated in projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, Ukraine and India. Vietnam was a 14-year project funded by USAID which met its outcomes of establishing rehabilitation nursing and strengthening BSN nursing in the country. She is presently engaged in a project with Eternal University School of Nursing in Baru Sahib, India and has initiated a memorandum of understanding between that school and Drexel. She is lead author of the text, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Nursing, and has presented on a variety of rehabilitation and international topics.

Faculty Fellowships

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Professional Society

American Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau (National Honor Society of Nursing)
The Johns Hopkins Alumnae Association
Health Volunteers Overseas

Selected Publications


Derstine, J. B. & Drayton-Hargrove, S. (2001). Comprehensive Rehabilitation Nursing. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders.

Book Chapters:

Derstine, J. B. and Hoyt-Hudson, P., (2014). A collaborative project in remote villages in Central Vietnam. In M. Upvall and J. Leffers, author/ed. Global health nursing: Building sustainable partnerships. New York: Springer.

Thai, T. D., Ha, L. T. L. and Derstine, J. B. (2011). Vietnam. In B. H. Smith, J.J Fitzpatrick and P. Hoyt-Hudson (Eds.) Problem Solving for Better Health: A Global Perspective. (pp.109-114) New York: Springer.

Derstine, J. B. (2007). Twelve journeys: Reflections on a nursing endeavor in Southeast Asia. In T. Hanson-Turton, S Sherman, & V. Ferguson. (Eds).), Conversations with Leaders (pp 81-85) Indianapolis, IN, Sigma Theta Tau International.


Upvall, M.,Trang,H., Derstine, J., Mendoza, M., Sagar, P. & Scheans, P. (2017). A retrospective on the evolution of a strategic partnership to build nursing education capacity in Vietnam. Frontiers in Nursing.

Editorial review board membership:

Rehabilitation Nursing Journal

Research Interests

Nursing Education, Global Nursing and Rehabilitation Nursing


She specializes in Nursing Education, Rehabilitation Nursing.

EdD Temple University 1978

MSN University of Pennsylvania 1963

BSN Johns Hopkins University 1959