Debra Berger, JD, DNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Debra Berger
Career Highlights
  • More than 30 years in nursing, including 15 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • 24 years as attorney
  • Consultant work with LA State Board of Nursing and Gubernatorial appointment for practice law issues
  • 10 years teaching law, medical malpractice, and contract negotiation
  • 2 years teaching in nursing

Dr. Debra Berger has practiced as a primary care NO since 2000. She is currently working toward developing a wound practice for her Loyola faculty practice. She also practices las part time, limiting her practice to physician contract law. Writing the preliminary bill for the official bill author, Dr. Berger has assisted with LA legislation to promote full scope practice for LA Nurse Practitioners. In 2013, Dr. Berger received a gubernatorial appointment to the LA Medical Disclosure Panel, where she has been reappointed in 2015 for another term and has written Louisiana informed consent legal requirements for Anesthesiology, Otolaryngology, and is currently working on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Additionally, she serves as legal editor for Esquire Books, Inc. where she has performed extensive editing for criminal law, civil procedure, property law, business, and Louisiana evidence texts.

Courses Taught

NURS 716 Health Care Quality and Safety
NURS 840 Primary Care of Adults
NURS 845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
NURS 850 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health
NURS 855 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health Practicum
NURS 860 Gerontology in Primary Care
NURS 915 Evidence-Based Practice, Research Translation & Implementation Science
NURS 925 Program Planning, Evaluation, & Quality Management
NURS 930 DNP Advanced Practicum I

Published Works

Berger, D. H. (2011). Medical-Legal Topics in Louisiana Law. New Orleans, LA: Esquire Books, Inc.

Berger, D. H. (2012, July). A legislative update for Louisiana physicians. Podium presentation related to sustainability of DNP Legislative Project presented at Grand Rounds. Podium session presented at the meeting of the, New Orleans, LA.


JD, Tulane University School of Law
DNP, University of South Alabama
MSN, Louisiana State University, Graduate School of Nursing
BSN, Louisiana State University School of Nursing