Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN, president and dean of Research College of Nursing, has been named to the 2012 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing and includes only 1,800 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research nationwide. DeBasio has been with Research College of Nursing since 1988. Research College of Nursing is a small private non-sectarian and fully accredited institution of higher learning in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
Research College of Nursing has its roots in the history of Research Medical Center, which began in 1886 as the German Hospital. Today, award-winning Research Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer. The hospital was ranked No. 3 in the Kansas City metro area in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings in April 2011.
DeBasio began her career in 1970 as assistant professor at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY. She has served in a myriad of educator positions at Adelphi University, University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hall University and Loyola University of Chicago. She served as associate dean for academic affairs at Research College of Nursing from 1988-1992. In 1992, DeBasio accepted her current position as president and dean at the College; she acts as an academic liaison for HCA Healthcare.
DeBasio has served in numerous leadership and advisory roles for Research Medical Center, Kansas City Hospice Board of Directors, Harmon Diabetes Advisory Board, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors, and the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) Board. She is a member of the Kansas City Healthcare Workforce Partners and a founding member of the Clinical Faculty Academy and Health Resource Partners. In addition, DeBasio is a member of the Greater Kansas City Collegiate Nurse Educators, serving in various capacities for nearly 20 years. DeBasio is a sought-after nursing education presenter, has authored numerous grants and her work has appeared in academic journals. DeBasio received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Wagner College School of Nursing in Staten Island, NY. She earned a master of arts degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from New York University and her doctorate in educational leadership from University of Pennsylvania.
“I am genuinely humbled to be selected as a fellow in the Academy, which represents nursing leadership across the globe,” says DeBasio. “I look forward to contributing to the Academy's work and to the advancement of nursing as a profession."
“We’re very honored to have such an accomplished healthcare professional as Nancy DeBasio leading Research College of Nursing,” says Kevin J. Hicks, Research Medical Center chief executive officer. “Her long and distinguished history of service to the nursing profession is an asset to the Kansas City community. We heartily congratulate Nancy on being named as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.”