UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

James, Deborah L.

School of Nursing
Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity

Debbie James has been working in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 30 years. Positions she has held include clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She presently works at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Senior Nursing Instructor in Critical Care. She is responsible for the Nursing Clinical Coach Training Program. Debbie is an appointed member of the University of MD Anderson Cancer Center Ethics Committee. She also directs the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Program.

In addition to the degrees she has earned, she has also formal and informal training in various aspects of bereavement as well as bioethics. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and was responsible for the formation of two support groups in San Antonio: one for those individual experiencing Near-Death and the other for families of organ donor. Debbie lectures throughout the country on multiple topics including Critical Care nursing, Death and Dying, Bio-ethics, and End-of-Life decisions. After completing her masters thesis is on Near-Death Experiences and Disclosure, she was appointed to the Board of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (lANDS). In 2009, Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on near-death experiences, Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation.

Debbie enjoys teaching and mentoring healthcare providers in Clinical Ethics. Debbie has held numerous positions in Nursing organizations as well as the American Heart Association. She has received many awards and appointments in AACN, ANET, Sigma Theta Tau, and Texas Gulf Coast Affiliate Nursing Staff Development Organization and served on the editorial board for Progress in Transplantation. Debbie was recognized as one of 20 Outstanding Nurses in Houston November 2005.

12/2003 - Present Instructor MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
1/1997 - Present Critical Care Consultant/Expert Witness The University of Texas Health Science Center