Deborah Byrne, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Associate Professor

Dr. Deb Byrne joined the faculty at La Salle in August 2013.  Her clinical practice experience is in the medical-surgical area within the acute care setting.  As a nurse educator, her areas of focus have been medical-surgical, professional practice of nursing, chronic illness and nursing fundamentals.  Dr. Byrne’s research interests include caring, cultural competence, end of  life care, NCLEX success, simulation, health disparities, chronic illness, social determinants of health, and communication. She enjoys educating the students in the classroom, clinical, and simulation settings.


  • Ph.D., Villanova University, Villanova, PA, May 2017
  • MSN, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA, May 2013
  • BSN, Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 2005
  • BS, St. Joseph’s University Criminal Justice, May 1993

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical-surgical
  • Fundamentals
  • Simulation


  • Adult Health 1
  • Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Practice


Byrne, D., Blumenfeld, S., Szulewski, M., Laske, R. Using Simulation to Develop Skills of

Clinical Judgement in Undergraduate Nursing Students Across the Health Care Continuum. Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal, March/April 2023.

Byrne, Deborah PhD, RN, CNE; Laske, Ann EdD, RN, CNE Arterial blood gases, Nursing

Made Incredibly Easy!: January/February 2022 – Volume 20 – Issue 1 – p 11-13

Overbaugh, K., Byrne, D., DiGiacomo, P. (2022). Engaging Students in Advanced Care Planning. Nurse Educator, 47 (6).

Byrne, D., Overbaugh, K., & Matecki, D. (2022;2021). Evaluating the effectiveness of a documentary to teach the nursing process. Nurse Educator, 47(2), E23-E23.

Byrne, D. (2020). Evaluating the Level of Cultural Competence in Undergraduate Nursing Students Using Standardized Patient in Simulation.  Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 15 (1), 57-60.

Byrne, D., Overbaugh, K., Czekanski, K., & Wilby, M., Blumenfeld, S., & Laske, A. (2020). Assessing undergraduate nursing students’ attitudes towards the dying in an end-of-life simulation using NLN’s ACE-S unfolding case study. The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, in press.

Wolf, Z., Byrne, D., Hanson-Zalot, M. (2018). Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Caring behaviors: A Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal for Human Caring, 22(4), 1-10.

Byrne, D.  (2018). Postoperative hip. In P. M. Dillon, Patient Charts in EHR Tutor: Basic Nursing (2 ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Byrne, D. (2016). Cultural competency in baccalaureate nursing education: A concept analysis. International Journal for Human Caring, 20(2), 114-119.

Book Chapter 

Byrne, D. (2022). Avoidance of Difficult Patients. Wolf, Z., Bailey, D. (Eds.) Breaching safe nursing practice: Case studies of failures, omissions, commissions, and crimes. McFarland & Company.

Presentations & Awards

Using a combined teaching-learning approach – an ACE.S Unfolding Case Study, Clinical Simulation  and Traditional Lecture to teach End-of-Life Care to Undergraduate Nursing Students: Findings from a Research Study. INACSL Webinar. September, 2022.

Using a Documentary to Teach the Nursing Process. Nurse Educator Tips for Teaching Podcast Nurse Educator Tips for Teaching on Apple Podcasts  April, 2022

Assessing Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Attitudes Towards the Dying in an End-of-life Simulation Using NLN’s ACE-S Unfolding Case Study. Podium Presentation. STTI Bicentennial Education Conference. Washington, DC. November, 2019.

Evaluating the Level of Cultural Competence in Undergraduate Nursing Students Using Standardized Patients in Simulation. Poster Presentation. STTI/NLN Education Conference. Washington, DC. April, 2018.

Evaluating the Level of Cultural Competence in Undergraduate Nursing Students Using Standardized Patients in Simulation. Podium Presentation. Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association Biannual Conference. Harrisburg, PA. September, 2017.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies and Resources. Faculty Panel. Summer Faculty Institute. La Salle University. May, 2017.

Excellence in Clinical Practice – April 2022
Sigma Theta Tau International – Kappa Delta

Presidential Teaching Award – April 2020
La Salle University

Excellence in Research Award – March 2017
Sigma Theta Tau International – Kappa Delta