Deborah Francis DNP, RN-BC, APRN-CNS

Director of Health System Nursing Education, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Deborah Francis has worked in a variety of acute specialty care areas within large academic medical centers for the past 32 years. For 12 years, she has worked as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) within the medical-surgical department of a tertiary academic medical center. In this role, Deborah has experienced firsthand the challenges the current health care system faces to provide high-quality, effective, patient-centered care. Since graduating with her doctorate of nursing practice degree, she has continued to lead many initiatives focused on improving the quality of care provided and care coordination and throughput in the acute care setting. In 2021, Deborah transitioned into a new role as director of health system nursing education. Overseeing the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the wide scope of education across six hospitals continues to provide opportunities to improve the overall quality of care provided through assuring current, evidence-based, appropriate, and streamlined education.