Brenda Douglass, DNP, holds a dual role as the DNP program director and associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions teaching in the DNP and nurse practitioner graduate nursing programs. She earned a DNP degree (Chatham University, 2011), MSN degree (Thomas Jefferson University, 2006), BSN degree (Immaculata University, 2004) and AS degree (Atlantic Community College, 1988.) Prepared with a clinical practice degree (DNP) and nationally board-certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), Douglass draws on her extensive experience and expertise in clinical practice, administrative roles and academia.
As a clinician, she maintains active clinical practice part-time in primary care. Former nursing specialty areas of endocrine, cardiopulmonary, sleep disorders and emergency/trauma nursing, adds richness to caring for individuals across the lifespan and in her academic roles.
Under her leadership as the inaugural program director (2016-present), she has strengthened and advanced Drexel’s DNP program. She participated in new program development of a BSN-DNP program. Previously she launched and served as the coordinator of clinical faculty at Drexel.
In her nurse educator role, she is passionate about blending practice expertise, nursing education and advancing the nursing profession. Her enthusiasm shines through in supporting nurses at all levels of training with a marked interest in preparing doctoral leaders for contemporary health care demands. She is dedicated to preparing well-equipped nursing leaders to evaluate, translate and implement evidence into practice, lending to unique contributions by DNP leaders to optimize individual and population outcomes.
Douglass is a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and a certified tobacco treatment specialist (CTTS.) She is a dedicated professional committed to and promoting lifelong learning in nursing.
Douglass was awarded the online faculty 2018 CNHP Teaching Excellence Award at Drexel University. In 2018, she was one of the nine scholars selected internationally for the Sigma Theta Tau Emerging Educational Administrator Institute, an 18-month traineeship completed in 2019. Douglass was a two-year recipient of the IBC Nurse Scholars program.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Practice Leadership Network
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
Sigma Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society - Chi Zeta, Delta Rho, and Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters
South Jersey Advance Practice Nurse Council
Douglass, B., Solecki, S., & Fay-Hillier, T. (2020). The harmful consequences of vaping: a public health threat. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 31(2), 79-84. doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000332.
Douglass, B. (2018). Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In Martin-Plank, L., Kennedy-Malone, L., & Duffy, E. (Eds.), Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults, 2nd edition. F.A. Davis Company.
Douglass, B. (2017). Acute Exacerbation of a Chronic Condition. In Fitzpatrick, J., Alfes, C., & Hickman, R. (Eds). A Guide to Mastery in Clinical Nursing: The Comprehensive Reference. Springer Publishing.
Douglass, B. & Solecki, S. (2017). Teen Vaping: Time to clear the air. Contemporary Pediatrics, 34(8), 24-32.
Douglass, B. (2016). Women’s Health. In Rundio, A. Family Nurse Practitioner & Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification Review, 1st edition. Chapter 14 Health Promotion. Lippincott.
Good Life Model of Dementia Care, Project team member [College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University]
Nurse Workforce Solution Project, Outreach Coordinator - Funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Editorial review board membership:
Editorial Reviewer: Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice (JIEP), Elsevier
Professional interests are deeply rooted in doctoral nursing education, nursing leadership, health care innovation and interprofessional collaborative care to optimize patient experiences. Health promotion strategies, chronic care management and population health initiatives are areas of interest. Research interests include diabetes and novel e-cigarette, nicotine and tobacco use disorders.
Scholarship endeavors include authored publications in professional journals and book chapters. As an invited speaker, Douglass has presented on varied topics at nationally and internationally recognized professional venues. Scholarly service includes participation on committees, taskforces and special interest groups. She serves as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, Elsevier.
Douglass has a passion for nursing education, preceptorship, and mentorship of nursing students at all levels. She is highly enthusiastic about preparing DNP and nurse practitioner graduates as nursing leaders. Facilitating student learner transition for DNP roles, nurse practitioner roles, and preparation for achievement of national board certification are areas where she is highly committed to. She possesses a strong interest in health promotion, chronic 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.