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Debra Sullivan

Debra Sullivan

Walden University

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Debra's work combines: Education, Medicine, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Full time Faculty

I teach graduate nursing students.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Vermilion High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Nursing Science

    The University of Texas Medical Branch

  • Graduate Degree

    Nursing Science

    The University of Texas at Tyler

  • Doctorate

    Nursing Science

    University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Nursing Instructors & Teachers, Postsecondary:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Nursing Science

Graduate Degree: Nursing Science

Doctorate: Nursing Science

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I had a passion for nursing and was accepted into nursing school after high school graduation.

  • 2.

    At the time you could not be married and attend nursing school, so I chose instead to get married.

  • 3.

    Family happened and a divorce in my 30s. The divorce allowed me to finish undergrad nursing degree.

  • 4.

    While being a nurse, I loved nursing education, so I worked full time and finished my degrees.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    You need to get married and have a family, You are a woman and can't afford an education.

  • How I responded:

    No one in my family had a degree so they did not understand the value of an education. As a woman, I was made to feel like my role in life was to have a family and provide a good home. They also felt that money for an education was better spent on men. It took me a while and a divorce to realize that I needed to be able to be happy with my career and support myself. Once I set my mind to it, there was no stopping me. Surprisingly, my family are proud of me and now boast of my accomplishments.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was a single Mom, so I had to take out school loans for my first degree which was an associate degree. For my BSN, MSN and PHD, I was able to find money from my employer, grants, and scholarships.

  • Since I had no one to guide me, I found mentors who helped me understand difficult concepts, make decisions, and find money.