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Deanna Schaffer

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Deanna Schaffer


Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing; Director of Recruitment, Retention, and Alumni Engagement
Undergraduate Nursing

Deanna Lynn Schaffer, PhD, has a clinical background which includes adult health, medical-surgical and critical care arenas for the past 20 years. She is also involved heavily in the area of nursing informatics and nursing leadership. She holds certifications as a certified nurse educator as well as an adult health clinical nurse specialist.

Faculty Fellowships

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Wharton Executive Leadership Program. 2018
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership in Academic Nursing Programs Fellow. 2013

Professional Society

Member, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association 
Member, National League for Nursing, #325085
Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, #6679, (6/2006 to present)
Member, American Nurses Association

Selected Publications

  • Amendolia, B., Fisher, K., Schaffer, D., (2016) Creating and Evaluating a global classroom to teach nursing research. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 6 (4), 117-121.
  • Schaffer, D. L. (2015). The relationship between nursing workaround performance and elements in the acute care practice environment (Order No. 3739494). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1748656009). Retrieved from .

Research Interests

Recruitment and retention in higher education, Nursing Leadership, Nursing Practice Environment and Nursing Informatics.


Adult Health, Medical-Surgical, Critical Care, Nursing Informatics and Nursing Leadership

  • Widener University
    Chester, PA
    Doctor of Philosophy, Graduated 2015
    Area of Specialization: Nursing
    Dissertation: The Relationship Between Nursing Workaround Performance and Elements in the Acute Care Practice Environment
  • MCP-Hahnemann University
    Philadelphia, PA
    Master of Science in Nursing Graduated 1998
    Area of Specialization: Adult Health Nursing- Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Hahnemann University
    Philadelphia, PA
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    Graduated 1992
  • Hahnemann University
    Philadelphia, PA
    Associate of Science in Nursing
    Graduated 1990