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Debra Copeland, DNS, RN

Associate Professor
Loyola nursing faculty Debra Copeland
Career Highlights
  • 36 years in nursing; majority teaching undergraduate level (generic & RN-BSN) in diploma, associate, and baccalaureate programs
  • 15 years teaching in graduate programs

Debra Copeland received her Doctorate of Nursing Science and a master’s degree in nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Her MSN includes a specialization in parent-child nursing and she is NLN certified as a Nurse Educator. Dr. Copeland has extensive experience in nursing education and obstetrical nursing. Her research and publications are in the area of parenting issues of women with infants and maternal well-being. She is a member in the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, and Southern Nursing Research Society.

Courses Taught

NURS 379 Nursing Leadership & Promotion of Quality Care
NURS 384 Spirituality in Health and Illness
NURS 452 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 482 Issues in Professional Nursing
NURS 483 Population Health
NURS 703 Theories in Health Care
NURS 709 Legal and Ethical Issues
NURS 735 Advanced Research Methods

Published Works

Copeland, D., & Harbaugh, B. L. (2013, Mar). Differences between psychosocial factors on delivery methods in new mothers. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society 27th Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR.

Copeland, D., & Harbaugh, B. L. (2013, Oct). A mixed methods study of maternal competence and self-efficacy theory in first-time, low-income mothers. Poster session presented at the meeting of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology Conference, Halifax, Novia Scotia, Canada.

Copeland, D., & Harbaugh, B. L. (2014, Feb). Parenting esteem of first-time mothers on method of delivery at 1-6 months after birth: A psychometric analysis of three scales on self-esteem, sense of mastery and parenting sense of competence. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society 28th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Education

PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
MSN, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center