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Deborah Eti

Deborah Eti

Clinical Assistant Professor 509-324-7318 SNRS 335 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Deborah Eti is a clinical assistant professor of nursing at Washington State University. She completed a PhD in Education at Capella University with a focus on instructional design for online learning. Her post-master degrees as an advanced practice nurse were completed at Prairie View University and University of Texas respectively. She received her Master of Science in nursing degree at Thomas Edison State University, New Jersey. Her areas of clinical interests include health promotion and disease prevention, behavioral health across the life span, and emergency/critical care nursing. She currently practices in the family and psychiatric mental health settings and teaches in the FNP/DNP program at WSU. Her teaching interests are related to active learning strategies, mentoring underrepresented/minority nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings. Her program of scholarship seeks to advance the science of teaching and learning through the effective use of instructional technologies to create a student-centered environment that facilitates deeper and more constructive learning.
Her current clinical and research interests include:

  • Telemedicine
  • Addressing stigma in SUD
  • Clinical education and simulation
  • Health disparities and health equity
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Race/ethnicity and gender differences in SUD
  • Active learning strategies in nursing education
  • Treatment of substance use disorder (SUD) across the lifespan and rural care settings
  • interprofessional education & team-based care to deliver safe, effective, person-centered care.


  • PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
  • Post Masters (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track), University of Texas Houston, TX
  • Post Masters (Family Nurse Practitioner Track)- Prairie View A & M University, Houston, TX
  • Master of Science in Nursing- Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
  • Associate Degree in Nursing- Lone Star College, Kingwood, TX


  • American Nurses Credentialing Center- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners- Family Nurse Practitioner
  • National League for Nursing- Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing- Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)
  • Board of Nursing Washington- RN/ARNP

Methodological Strengths
Quantitative Approaches (Descriptive design, Quasi experimental design)

Areas of Expertise
Active learning strategies in nursing education (team-based learning, problem based learning, dedicated education units, and simulation in nursing education


  • Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses- 2019 to present
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 2019- Present
  • Nurse Practitioner Group of Spokane- 2019 to present
  • Texas League for Nursing- 2016- present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society- 2012- Present (Phi Pi / Delta Chi Chapters)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners- 2015- Present
  • National League for Nursing- 2011 to present
  • Emergency Nurses Association- 2011 to present
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society- 2005- Present

Honors & Awards

  • 2016- The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses
  • 2014- The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses
  • 2013- Texas “20 Outstanding Nurses of the Year” awarded by Texas Nurses Association District 9
  • 2010- Thomas Edison State University Arnold Fletcher Award

Eti, D. U. (2016). The use of Team Based Learning application exercises in nursing education: A review of literature. Pyrex Journal of Educational Research and Reviews, 2(6), 59-66.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., & Eti, D. U. (2020). Naming and addressing racism: Culturally responsive communication. Nurse Educator 46(1). Accepted March 12, 2020. Advanced to Online.

Fincham, S. J., Eti, D., Thatcher, J., & Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y. Implementing Educational Scaffolding Methods to Facilitate Scholarly Writing. Status: Accepted on April 14, 2020 by Nurse Educator Teaching Tips segment, pending publication. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000871

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Rakha, S., Eti, D. U., & Angelesco, L. (accepted for publication, Dec 31, 2020). Deconstructing racialized experiences in healthcare: What a missed opportunity for healing looks like and healthcare resources for children and their families. Accepted December 2020 by the Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal


Updated 3/25/2021