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Deborah L McCrea

Deborah L McCrea, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, CNE, CEN, CFRN, EMT-P

Assistant Professor
Department of Graduate Studies
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Ms. Debbie McCrea is an instructor in the Department of Acute and Continuing Care Department. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UTHealth's nursing school in 1983. She then competed her Master of Science in Nursing with a clinical focus on Emergency Medicine and the role of Education and Administration in 1992.  She returned to complete the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate in 1998 and then the Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate in 2013.

McCrea’s experience includes critical care nursing in the CV recovery room, medical/surgical ICU’s Neurological ICU and Transplant ICU. She also worked in PACU and day surgery recovery when in the ICU Float pool. She then began working in the emergency department at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.  Once she obtained her MSN, she was a Nurse Clinician and Prehospital Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Houston Fire Department. She was responsible for training, quality assurance and research in the prehospital setting for Basic Life Support Ambulances, Advanced Life Support Ambulances and the Emergency Dispatch Office. She also gain experience as a fixed wing flight nurse on international flights for many years for a private company. For several years she also was an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in the Houston area.

McCrea’s teaching experience began by teaching CPR while still in high school. She then taught as an adjunct faculty at San Jacinto College North in the nursing department.  McCrea has spent 13 years as an adjunct and then full time faculty in the Department of Emergency Medical Services and occasionally assisted the Nursing Department. Her workload at HCC included teaching first-responder, EMT, EMT- Intermediate and Paramedic classes, leading the Paramedic classes in the classroom and clinical setting during her last few years.

Her passions besides emergency and critical care nursing, is Diabetes Education. She has been a Insulin Pump/Continuous Glucose Sensor Trainer for more than a decade and has been part of the medical staff at the local Diabetes Camps for children with type 1 diabetes for many years. She has co-authored several articles on Insulin Pump Use in the hospital setting.

McCrea was among “20 Outstanding Nurses of 2017” honored by the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) District 9 Foundation on Nov. 9, 2017. In 2018, she was elected Secretary of the Houston Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Chapter. McCrea also is the recipient of two scholarships; the Frank L. Cole Advanced Practice Nursing Scholarship from the Texas State Council of ENA and the Houston Chapter of ENA Scholarship. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Houston.

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