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Deborah Byrne, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Deborah Byrne, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Dr. Deborah 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.


  • PhD    Villanova University, Villanova, PA May 2017
  • MSN Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA  May 2013
  • BSN   Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA  August, 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. (2016). Cultural competency in baccalaureate nursing education: A concept analysis. International Journal for Human Caring, 20(2), 114-119.

Byrne, D., Rosner, C., & Mayo, R. (2014). Internal Motivators to RN’s Pursuing a BSN. Nursing 2014

Presentations & Awards

March, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA

Excellence in Research Award
Sigma Theta Tau
Kappa Delta Chapter

September, 2017 | Pittsburgh, PA

Evaluating the Level of Cultural Competence in Undergraduate Nursing Education Using Standardized Patients in Simulation
Podium Speaker
PHENSA Fall Meeting

May, 2017 | Immaculata, PA

Internal Motivators to RN’s Pursuing a BSN
Poster board presentation
Jean Brown research Conference
Immaculata University


Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools, Association, Inc.-grant awarded for dissertation research: June 2016. Amount $1650