Deborah received the Innovations in Clinical Excellence Award for her project, Preceptor as Connoisseur and Catalyst: An evidence based standard for Nurse Preceptors. The award was announced during the Society’s 39th Convention in Baltimore in early November, 2007.


Deborah’s project’s purpose was to develop and implement an evidence-based community standard for the preparation of preceptors across health care facilities. A systematic review and evaluation of the literature guided the creation of an interactive educational workshop and a series of quarterly “E-TIP{S” (e-TIPS: e-Teaching in Practice Strategies). The goal was to enhance the preparation of preceptors thereby enhancing nursing retention and patient care outcomes and well-being.
Dr. Raines is a Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Coral Gables, FL. She has a variety of clinical experiences as a clinical nurse specialist and researcher in acute care and community settings with children, parents and families. Her most recent experience is in the University setting teaching undergraduate, graduate and doctoral
students and conducting nursing based research. She has published a number of manuscripts and book chapters, as well as being the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the 2004 University Distinguished Teacher of the Year.
She is a PhD graduate of the VCU School of Nursing and was a faculty member in the Maternal Child Nursing department for many years. She was awarded the MCV Outstanding Alumnus award in 2007.

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