PhD, Nursing, University of Colorado
MS, Community Health, University of Colorado
BSN, Colorado Mesa University
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, South Dakota State University
AS, Nursing, Colorado Mesa University
Post-Masters Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Colorado
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification 1998-2014
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner 2003-Present= Certification 2004-2015
IAFN International conference of Violence and the Family Current through 2015
Certification of Diabetes Education Certified Diabetes Educator; Renewal 2007-2012; 2012-2017
NAACOG certification as Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 1985-1997
Debra Bailey, PhD, received her associate degree and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Colorado Mesa University. She went on to earn her Master of Science in community health and her PhD in nursing from the University of Colorado. Bailey has a varied background in nursing in medical surgical and neuro-trauma nursing, neonatal, pediatric and school nursing. Some highlights of her career are 17 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and flying for Air Life for eight years, caring for neonates and occasionally mothers in labor. Bailey completed her Family Nurse Practitioner program in 1998 and is now caring for some of the infants she cared for in the NICU as healthy adults.
Bailey was a national trainer for the introduction of Neonatal Resuscitation from 1987-1996, which now is a standard program for all health care providers taking care of infants. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Bailey worked for the last 12 years in a large primary care clinic practice specializing in woman, children and adolescents. She has worked occupational health, and is a certified diabetes educator.
This role led to a nurse consultant role for school nurses to support families of children with diabetes. Bailey is a National Speaker for Helping to Administer to the Needs of Diabetic Students (HANDS) for the National Association of School Nurses. Bailey has also been a sexual assault nurse examiner for the Mesa County area since 2004. This has led to being an expert witness in legal cases for sexual assaults on children, adults and sexual maturation of children in child exploitation and pornography cases.
Throughout Bailey's nursing career, she has taught for Colorado Mesa University four times for a total of 20 years in the all of the nursing programs. Bailey has a passion for pediatrics, public health, primary care and health care issues at multiple levels. As Director of Health Sciences, Bailey is enjoying involvement in all programs and teaching in the graduate nursing programs.