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Deborah Weatherspoon

Senior Core Faculty
Deborah Weatherspoon

College of Nursing

Degree ProgramMaster of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Deborah Weatherspoon, Ph.D, MSN,RN, CRNA , COI is a professor of nursing at Walden University where she teaches in the MSN Nurse Executive program. She began her RN career in 1978 with a degree from Memphis State University; then continued her education at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia to become a CRNA. Dr. Weatherspoon worked in clinical anesthesia for more than 20 years serving mostly rural areas of TN, KY, GA, and IL. As a CRNA, she managed four hospital anesthesia departments and led a CRNA group. A desire to promote quality healthcare led Dr. Weatherspoon to complete a PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a focus on nursing education; she has been instructing future nurses and nurse leaders since 2009. As a nurse leader, she continues to seek opportunities that assist organizations excel in all areas, including nursing practice. She holds certification in Online Instruction and the ANA Fundamentals of Magnet.

In addition to teaching, she is active in her community, serves as treasurer for the Phi Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, and is a prolific writer and researcher. Her publications include multiple peer reviewed journal articles and chapters in two textbooks focused on Advanced Practice Nursing and Nursing Leadership. She resides in Middle Tennessee with her husband and enjoys family activities and spending time with family and friends.

Courses Taught

NURS 6211 - Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery

NURS 6201 - Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare

NURS 6053 - Interprofessional Organization and Systems Leadership


PhD, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN United States

MSN, Middle Tennessee State University - Murfreesboro, TN United States

BSN, Excelsior College - Albany, NY United States

Certification for title: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists - , United States

AS, Memphis State University [University of Memphis] - Memphis, TN United States

Certificate Holder in Fundamentals of Magnet®, American Nurses Credentialing Center - Silver Spring, MD United States

Public Service

New Beginnings, Volunteer - Nashville, TN United States


Sullivan, D. D. H., Weatherspoon, D. L. (2017). Baby's Skin International Journal of Childbirth Education

Weatherspoon, D. L., Sullivan, D. D. H. (2018). Gastrointestinal Issues and Complications. Critical care nursing clinics of North America

Frazer, C., Sullivan, D., Weatherspoon, D., Hussey, L. C. (2017). Faculty Perceptions of Online Teaching Effectiveness and Indicators of Quality Nursing Research and Practice

Sullivan, D. D. H., Weatherspoon, D. L., Tennison, A. (2017). Baby steps to evidence based practice International Journal of Childbirth Education

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