UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Deborah L.

School of Nursing
Office for Faculty Excellence

Debbie James has been working in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 43 years. Positions she has held include clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School Nursing San Antonio.
Debbie collaborates with MD Anderson Cancer Center, directing of 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 Palliative and End-of-Life Care. After completing her master?s thesis is on Near-Death Experiences and Disclosure, she was appointed to the Board of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). 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, ELNEC, 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 identified as one of 20 Outstanding Nurses in Houston November 2005. She has been recognized as a 2013 ELNEC Award Winner. In October 2018 University Health System recognized her as Best 25 Nurses of South Central Texas.

2/2017 - Present Instructor/Clinical Mays Cancer Center, San Antonio, TX
9/2016 - Present Clinical Assistant Professor UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX
1/1997 - Present Expert Witness Critical Care Consultant-Self Employed, San Antonio, TX