Deb Kelly is an advanced practice clinician who loves teaching and learning from students as much as providing primary care services. Deb graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a major in biology. For two years prior to graduation, she worked in the Department of Biochemistry as a research assistant on a project exploring the mechanism of action of vitamin K.
After graduation, she moved to Yale Medical School Department of Psychiatry to work for several years as a research assistant on a project seeking to determine the role of a neurotransmitter in the clinical problem now known as bipolar disorder. During this time at Yale, she met one of the very first nurse practitioners and became intrigued by the role. She bid farewell to the centrifuge, lab rats, and microscope, and enrolled in one of the nine Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs in the United States, specifically at Pace University. Since becoming an FNP she has worked for decades providing primary care in family practice or internal medicine settings.
Her teaching career began at Pace in the fall of 1993, when she was asked to teach a basic physical assessment course. She so enjoyed the experience that she walked into the School of Nursing one afternoon to inquire about teaching physical assessment at The College of New Rochelle just as the Nurse Practitioner programs were being established. She has been teaching at CNR ever since.
Her teaching responsibilities include clinical decisio- making courses and advanced health assessment in the FNP program, and undergraduate health assessment.
Her ongoing clinical practice and years of experience in the field also serve as excellent background for her role as the Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at CNR.
She is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York, the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty, and Sigma Theta Tau. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.