• Debra Hrelic is a doctorally prepared RN with over 44 years of clinical experience, and greater than 21 years of experience teaching in Higher Education. She received her BSN in 1980 from William Paterson University in Wayne New Jersey and began her Nursing career in a level 3 perinatal center employed in Labor and Delivery. There she became an active participant of the perinatal transport team, which inspired her to pursue further education in the field of high-risk obstetrics. In 1986, Dr.Hrelic earned her MSN in Perinatal Nursing, as the first graduate from Rutgers University in Newark New Jersey with this major. In 2003, Dr.Hrelic successfully completed her PhD in Nursing at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs CT. As Dr.Hrelic’s career path naturally transitioned to the educational realm, she maintained a presence at the bedside through work and clinical experiences with students.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2023-07-01 A Bachelor of Science in Nursing: What to ConsiderAmerican Nurse Journal.  18. 2023-07-01
    2022-11-01 Social Determinants of Health in Pregnancy Related to U.S. Military Lifestyle.International Journal of Nursing and Health Care Science.  2:160. 2022-11-01
    2022-07-01 Group Work in Higher Education: Making it work for you [2022-2023 Education Career Guide] -- 2022-2023 Annual Education & Career Guide for NursesAmerican Nurse Journal.  18-21. 2022-07-01
    2022-05-01 Managing the Unexpected: Stressors and Solutions for Challenges Experienced by RN-BSN Students During an Unprecedented Global PandemicJournal of Professional Nursing.  40:48-56. 2022-05-01
    2021-12-01 Establishing Guidelines for Teaching Assistants in an Online Accelerated RN-BSN ProgramJournal of Educational Research and Reviews (JERR).  9:297-302. 2021-12-01
    2020-11-01 Preterm Labor and Birth: A Clinical ReviewThe American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.  45:8-17. 2020-11-01
    2020-11-01 Using Physical Education Courses to Help Increase Well-Being of RN-BSN Nursing Students: An Exploratory Analysis of OutcomesBuilding Healthy Academic Communities Journal.  4:29-40. 2020-11-01
    2020-06-01 School Survival Skills: How to find success while working full-time and getting your BSN -- Education GuideAmerican Nurse Journal.  34-36. 2020-06-01
    2019-10-01 RN to BSN: Why & HowAmerican Nurse Today.  14:42-44. 2019-10-01
    2019-08-01 Intimate Partner Violence in PregnancyAmerican Nurse Today2019-08-01
    2018-11-01 The Critically Ill OB PatientAmerican Nurse Today.  13:1-4. 2018-11-01
    2018-10-01 Landing your first nursing jobAmerican Nurse Today.  13:57-59. 2018-10-01
    2018-07-01 A Case of Obstetrical SepsisAmerican Nurse Today.  13:12. 2018-07-01
    2018-07-01 How to be a Success in Nursing School -- 2018-2019 Education Guide - American Nurses AssociationAmerican Nurse Today.  13:20-22. 2018-07-01
    2018-02-01 Test-taking TipsAmerican Nurse Today.  13:43-45. 2018-02-01

    Audio-visual Document

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    2011-09-01 Discussion Forums, Nursing Tutorial -- RN to BS Hybrid Online Nursing Pro-SeminarMSMC. 2011-09-01
    2011-09-01 Research Tips: Searching Library Databases for Scholarly Articles -- RN to BS Hybrid Online Nursing Pro-SeminarMSMC. 2011-09-01
    2011-09-01 Research Tips: Searching the Internet -- RN to BS Hybrid Online Nursing Pro-SeminarMSMC. 2011-09-01


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    2014-01-01 Transcultural Concepts in Childbearing Courses -- Transcultural Nursing Education Strategies.  Springer Publishing. 111-124. 2014-01-01
    2013-01-01 Communication Between Mothers and Young Adolescent Daughters -- Adolescents in the 21st Century: Constants and Challenges.  Information Age Publishing. 2013-01-01
    2003-01-01 Essentials of Labor and Delivery -- Perinatal Nursing Secrets.  Hanley & Belfus, Inc.. 161-174. 2003-01-01
    2003-01-01 Orthopedic Medications -- Orthopedic Nursing Secrets.  Hanley & Belfus, Inc.. 237-246. 2003-01-01


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    2003-12-01 A Mother's Experience of Communication With her Young Adolescent DaughterUniversity of Connecticut. 2003-12-01
    1989-01-01 St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center's Breastfeeding and Troubleshooting Guide -- Manual and Guide for PatientsSt. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. 1989-01-01
    1988-01-01 I'm a Big Brother / SisterSt. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. 1988-01-01


  • Exploring Nursing Faculty’s Perceptions & Experiences with Self-Compassion and Self-Care: A Qualitative Study, Sigma Theta Tau International Region 13 Biennial Nursing Research Conference: Engaging in Research, Scholarship, and Leadership 2024-04-01
  • Research Overview

  • Student Success and Student Engagement. Faculty Success and Engagement. Teaching/learning theory. Barriers to success in teaching and learning. Nursing Pedagogies. Mother-daughter communication. Qualitative research. High risk OB. OB nursing / Maternity nursing. Therapy dogs. Test anxiety.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Nursing Care of the Family. Intro to Professional Nursing. Nursing Research. Physical Assessment. Transcultural Nursing. Alternative Therapies in Nursing Management. Leadership and Management in Nursing. RN-BSN nursing. Nursing education. Nursing Pedagogies.
  • Full Name

  • Debra Ann Hrelic