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Deborah Flournoy

Deborah Flournoy is the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Wesleyan University.

Deborah Flournoy, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC

Program Director for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program


  • Post-Master's Program: Northwesterh State University, 1994
  • Ph.D. Nursing, Texas Womans University, 1985
  • M.S. Phychiatric Nursing, University of Wisconsin, 1977
  • B.S.N. Nursing, University of Texas System School of Nursing, 1975
  • Integrating energy theories & caring science to create a healing environment in a NP owned practice. (International Podium presentation). The International Association for Human Caring 37th Annual Conference in conjunction with the Society of Rogerian Scholars, June 8-10, 2016, Boston, Mass.
  • What’s in a name? Will changing the name of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome impact practice? (Podium presentation). American Association of Nurse Practitioners 51th Annual Conference, June 22-26, 2016, San Antonio, TX 
  • The Use of Phenomenology to Investigate Topics of Interest to Educators: An Example of Distance Education Students’ Lived Experiences of Caring and Non-Caring Faculty. Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction Conference: Engaging Culture & Elevating Disciplined Inquiry, March 5, 2016, Corpus Christi, TX.
  • Human Caring and Non-Caring Behaviors in Distance Education: Students’ Lived Experience. (International Podium Presentation). South Africa International Caritas Consortium, Johannesburg, S. Africa, Sept. 16-18, 2015. 
  • The Process of Closing a NP Owned Practice. (Poster Presentation). American Association of Nurse Practitioners 50th Annual Conference, June 9-14, 2015, New Orleans, LA. 
  • Closing a NP Owned Practice, Texas Nurse Practitioners 25th Annual Conference, September 26-29, 2014, The Woodlands, TX
  • Bravely into the Future: Independent Nurse Practitioner Practice,
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Chi Chapter, Research Day, Northwestern State University College of Nursing, Spring 2006, Shreveport, LA
  • Mental Health Care: The Red Headed Stepchild of the Health Care System,
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Chi Chapter, Research Day, Northwestern State
  • University College of Nursing, Spring 2004, Shreveport, LA
  • Nurturing the Human Spirit in the Workplace: Caring for the Nurse, Tenth Annual Caring Research Conference, Boca Raton, Florida; May 2, 1988.
  • Factors Involved in Changing the Health Pattern of Exercise: A Phenomenological Inquiry, University of South Florida College of Nursing's Fifth Annual Research Conference, Tampa, Florida; February 8, 1986.
  • Male/Female Differences in Changing the Health Pattern of Exercise: A Phenomenological Inquiry. Texas Women Scholars Symposium: Contemporary Perspectives, School of Social Work, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; April 3, 1986.
  • Using Ethnic Music to Teach Caring in Psychiatric Nursing, Eight Annual Caring Research Conference, Menlo Park, California; April 28, 1986

Refereed Publications

  • Day, C., Barker, C., Bell, E., Sefcik, E., & Flournoy, D. (2018).  Flipping the objective structured clinical examination: A teaching innovation in graduate nursing education.  Nurse Educator, 43(2).  (accepted for publication 5/31/2017).
  • Flournoy, D. S. (2016). The death of a dream: Closing an (sic) N P practice. Clinician Reviews, 26(12), 36-39. Invited article.
  • Bockmon, D. F.  (1988). Facilitating health pattern change in exercise.  Journal of Holistic Nursing, 6(1), 21-24.
  • Bockmon, D. F. & Riemen, D. J.  (1987). Qualitative versus quantitative nursing research.  Holistic Nursing Practice, 2(1), 71-75. Invited article.

Non-Refereed Publications

  • Bockmon, D.F. (May, 1990).  A tale of nursing from the 21st centuryHeartbeat, Student Newsletter, Montana State University.
  • Bockmon, D.F.  (November, 1984).  Women and depression.  Positive Pulsations, 49, Newsletter, District 19 Texas Nurses' Association.
  • Bockmon, D.F.  (Review of Womanpower and Health Care by M. Grissum & C. Spengler.)  Topics in Clinical Nursing, 1983, (Jan.), 80-81.
  • Bockmon, D.F.  (Review of Health Care of Women: A Nursing Perspective by C.I. Fogel & N.F. Woods.)  Topics in Clinical Nursing, 1983, (Jan.), 79-80.
Scholarly Works in Progress
  • Flournoy, D. S. (2017). Caring and non-caring behavior of faculty in distance education programs. To be submitted to the International Journal of Human Caring. Invited paper.
  • Flournoy, D. S. (2017). Creating a healing environment in a nurse practitioner owned practice. In process.
  • Flournoy, D. S. (2017). Existential angst as evidenced by contemporary writing: A thematic analysis of selected apocalyptic literature.
Honors and awards
  • DNP Core Faculty, Texas A & M University Corpus Christi
  • Selected participant in “Leadership for a New Century”, sponsored by the Outstanding Young Women of America, 1981.
  • Certificate of Merit for Masters in Nursing Thesis, Parent Child Nursing Research Day Award, University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Nursing and Beta Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, 1978.
  • Who’s Who in American Nursing, 1986-87.
  • Sigma Theta Tau, 1974.
  • Mensa, 1971.
Professional Certifications/Licenses
  • Texas—APRN, FNP-BC, CNS-P/MH-- Current
  • Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana, Louisiana, Wisconsin—RN--Inactive 
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, 9/1995-present.
  • American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, Clinical Member, 1986-present.
  • Allied Staff Privileges, New Boston Hospital, 2001-2004.
  • Allied Staff Privileges, Marshall Regional Medical Center, Marshall, TX, 1995-2000.
  • ANCC certification as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, 1986-1991.
  • ANCC certification as a Clinical Specialist in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, 1985-1990.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Texas, through 1989.
  • Allied Staff Privileges, University Park Hospital, Tyler, TX, through 1989. [First nurse to be granted these]