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Debra Hain, PhD, APRN, ANP, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Lead ANP/GNP Faculty

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Office: NU 333 in Boca Campus



Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (2010) 


Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (2006) 


Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (2002) 

Post Masters Certificate: Adult Nurse Practitioner 

Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (2012) 


Florida International University (1999)

BA Management and Communication

Concordia University, Mequon Wisconsin (1996)

Associate Degree Nursing 

Gateway Technical College, Kenosha Wisconsin (1985) 


Dr. Hain is a board certified gerontological nurse practitioner who has practice experience within nephrology nursing, memory disorder clinic and hospice care. Dr. Hain’s scholarly endeavors have focused on improving health outcomes of older adults with chronic kidney disease and those with cognitive impairment. Her current research interest involves implementation of strategies aimed at reducing the risk of potentially avoidable 30-day rehospitalizations of community-residing older adults who are discharged home with home health care.

Teaching & Research

Dr. Hain is the lead faculty for ANP/GNP track.

DNP Capstone Project Chair 

Maria Ordonez: Improving health outcomes of older adults post coronary artery bypass graft surgery transitioning from hospital to skilled nursing facilities: Florida Atlantic University. Graduated December, 2011

Susan Bradford: Care coordination of older adults with heart failure who are admitted to a community hospital: An intervention to improve health outcomes. Florida Atlantic University, Graduated  December, 2011 

Recent Teaching at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing:

  • NGR 7850:  Research for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NGR 7661: Population-Based Caring in Aging Societies 
  • NGR 6002L: Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: Health Assessment
  • NGR 6141: Advanced Pathophysiology 
  • NGR 6252 & Lab: Advanced Nursing Situations: Care of Older Adults with Complex, Specialized Health Needs
  • NGR 6233 & Lab: Advanced Nursing Situations: Care of Adults with Complex, Specialized Health Needs
  • NUR 3065 & NUR 3065L Nursing Situations: Health Assessment Modalities and lab

Research (**Funded)

Hain, D. Ordonez, M, & Valentine, K. (2012). Fall prevention program for Community Residing Older Adults 

Tappen, R.M., Oulsander, J., Hain, D. (Co-Investigator) Ferrante, S, & Almonte, M. (2012). Involving Nursing Home Residents and Families in Acute Care Transfer Decisions. PCORI. Project Period: 07/01/2012 to 06/30/2014. Project amount $682,477**

Evans E, Hain, D., Kear, T., Schrauf, C. & Dork, L. Protocol for Hemodialysis Catheter Outcomes: No Dressing Coverage and Randomized Prescribed Showering (Hemo Cath ND/RPS) Study. Role: Sub-Principal Investigator. Funded by American Nephrology Nurses Association ($15,000.00 2011 to 2012)**

Hain, D. & Fleck, L. Perceptions of Exercise for Older Adults Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. 

Hain, D. Principal Investigator: Effectiveness of an APN-Guided Self-Management Program in Older Adults with Diabetic Kidney Disease.  FAU, Christine E Lynn Center for Caring Research Initiative Awards ($3000.00, 2010-2011)**

Touhy, T & Hain, D., Individualized Caregiver Intervention: What Matters Most to Family Carers of Persons with Early Stage Memory Loss. Research Initiative of the Christine E Lynn Center for Caring ($8000.00, 2007 to 2010) **

Touhy, T, Sparks, D., & Hain, D. Using Story Theory to Understand the Health Challenges of Living with Mild Memory Loss. Christine E Lynn Center for Caring ($2500.00, 2007 to 2009)** 

Hain, D. Principal Investigator.  Evidence of Adherence Status of Cognitively Impaired and Cognitively Intact Elders on Hemodialysis. American Nephrology Nurses Association ($14,999.00, 2006 to 2009)**


Journal Articles: [* indicates data-based]

Hain, D.J, Tappen, R. Diaz, S., & Ouslander, J.G. (2012). Characteristics of older adults rehospitalized within 7 and 30 days of discharge. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 38(8), 32-44*

Hain, D. (2012). Fall prevention in adults undergoing in-center hemodialysis. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 39(3), 251-255

Hain, D.J, Tappen, R. Diaz, S., & Ouslander, J.G. (2012) Cognitive impairment and medication self-management errors in older adults discharged home from a community hospital. Home Healthcare Nurse, 30(4), 246-254*

Hain, D.J., Wands, L.M. & Liehr, P. (2011) Approaches used to resolve health challenge in a population of older adults undergoing hemodialysis. Research in Gerontological Nursing.
4(1), 53-62*

Ouslander, J.G., Diaz, S., Hain, D., & Tappen, R. (2011). Frequency and diagnosis associated with seven and thirty-day readmission of skilled nursing facility patients to a non-teaching community hospital. Journal of American Medical Directors, 12, 195-203*

Hain, D. Dunn, D.J. & Tappen, R. (2011). Patient-provider partnering in a memory disorder center. Journal of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,23(6) 351-356 

Hain, D, Touhy, T.A., & Engström, G. (2010). What matters most to carers of people with mild to moderate dementia as evidence for transforming care.  Alzheimer’s Care Today, 11(3), 162-171*

Hain, D, Calvin, D.J., & Simmons, D.E. (2009). CKD education: An evolving concept. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 36(3), 317-319

Hain, D. (2008). Cognitive function and adherence of older adults undergoing hemodialysis. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 35(10, 23-29 *

Kinzner, C.L. & Hain, D.J. (2007). Understanding the eGFR. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 34 (6), 655-675

Hain, D. & Meese-Morris,S. (2012). Renal diet. Renal Consult. Clinician Reviews, 22(3), 5-6

Hain, D. & Bonsu-Sewaah, A. (2012) Advanced Practice, keep our profession alive: Meeting the demand for more nephrologists. Nephrology News & Issues, 14-15. 

Hain, D (2012). How to engage the dialysis team. Live and Give (the bi-annual update helping to educate and motivate people living with chronic kidney disease), 7 (2), 6. 

Hain, D. (2011). Medications and the renal patient. Renal Consult. Clinician Reviews, 27(6), 50

Hain, D. (2011). Home-based biobehavioural intervention reduces dependence, increases engagement of patients with dementia in the short-term and improves care giver well-being and confidence. Evidence Based Nursing, 14, 39-40 

Hain, D. (2010) CKD Education: Honoring Individuals as They Learn Self-Management Skills. RenaLink,11(2), 7-9

Davis, J.S, Liles, A.M. & Hain, D.J. (2010) Chronic Kidney Disease. Advance for Nurse Practitioners, 18(7), 30-34

Dissertation: Cognition and Adherence in Older Adults Undergoing Hemodialysis May 2006
Chair: Dr. Patricia Liehr (Christine E Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, Florida 

Book Chapters: 

Hain, D. (2013). Assessing older women’s health. In Youngkin, E,. Q, Davis, M, S, Schadewald, D, & Juve, C. Women’s Health: A Primary Care Clinical Guide, 4th ed.  Ohio: Pearson

Hain, D. (2009). Clinical application: CQI conservative management. In Axley, B. & Robbins, K.C. Eds. Applying Continuous Quality Improvement in Clinical practice. 2nd ed. New Jersey: American Nephrology Nurses Association

Guest Editorials, Book Reviews, Other Publications 

Hain, D. (2011). Response to chapter by Liehr, P. & Smith, M.J. Modeling the complexity of story theory. In A. Davidson, M.Ray, & M. Turkel (Eds). Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: for Human-Environment Well-being. New York: Springer Publishing Company 
Book Review for Counts, C. Ed. Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing, 5th edition,  American Nurses’ Association
External Reviewer: KDIGO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, Prevention, and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD)

Recognition & Awards

2012 The Daisy Faculty Award from the Daisy Foundation 

2011 Tim Poole Memorial Award from the National Kidney Foundation

2010 Presidential Poster Award Models of Geriatric Care Category from American Geriatrics Society

2008 Outstanding Nephrology Advanced Practitioner from American Nephrology Nurses Association 

2002 Clinical Excellence Award Graduate Student from Florida Atlantic University 

Selected Professional Activities 

2012 Grant reviewer for Health Care Innovation Challenge Grant Review for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 

2012 Member of Advisory Board Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

2012 Alternate representative for the American Nurses Association Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Care Professionals & Technical Advisory Committee 

2010 to 2013 Representative of the American Nephrology Nurses Association on the Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics, American Nurses Association 

2012 Alumni of the Edmond J Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program , Miller School of Medicine, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center , University of Miami, Department of Neurology 

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