Debra White-Jefferson DNP, MSN



          • 2016 - DNP Case Western Reserve Univesrsity 
          • 2006 - MSN  University of South Alabama
          • 2002 - B.S.N. University of Phoenix
          • 1983 - Nursing Diploma - Touro School of Nursing - New Orleans, LA

            Licensure and Board Certifications

            • Registered Nurse, LA 051041

            • Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Coordinator of RN-BSN Program
  • Graduate Faculty Status, Level 1

  • Honors & Awards

    Advanced Nursing Education Tuition Reimbursement Program, Academic Years, 2014-2016


        • Professional Affiliations

2011 - present: American Nurses Association 
2011 - present: Louisiana State Nurses' Association 
2011 - present: Louisiana State Nurses' Association, District IV, member

        • Areas of Research Interest

  • Online Education and Student Engagement 

        • Selected Publications & Presentations

        • Broussard, L. & White-Jefferson, D. (2018). Use of academic coaches to promote student success in online nursing programs. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13(4), 223-225. 

        • White, D.A. (2017). Faculty behaviors influencing intent to pursue graduate education among RN-BSN students. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13 (2018) 108–112.

        • Podium Presentation: Use of Academic Coaches to Promote Student Success in Online Programs. Delta Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Thirteenth Bi-Annual Accent on Scholarship. November 30, 2017

        • Podium Presentation: Use of Academic Coaches to Promote Student Success in Online Programs. AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference: Leadership, Innovation, and Strategy: The Keys to Delivering High Quality Nursing Programs. November 16-18, 2017. Atlanta, GA.

        • Podium Presentation: Faculty Caring and Support and Its influence on RN-BSN Students’ Intent to Pursue Graduate Education in Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Eta Chapter, Lafayette, LA, December 1, 2016. 

        • Podium Presentation: Lessons learned: Development and Implementation of an Innovative Accelerated RN to BSN Program. AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference, Anaheim, CA, November 18, 2016.

        • Selected Funded Projects & Research

  • Instructional Connections Small Research Grant Recipient 2018-2019 $5,018.00

  • Principal Investigator Debra White-Jefferson, Co-Investigators, Lisa Broussard and Helen Fox-McCloy: Project Proposal Title: Managing the Large Online Classroom Using the Academic Coaching Model