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Debra A Danforth M.S., ARNP, FAANP

Debra A Danforth M.S., ARNP, FAANP

Assoc. Professor, Director, Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D. and TMH Clinical Learning Center
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Debra A. Allan Danforth, M.S., ARNP, FAANP, is the director of the Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D. and TMH Clinical Skills and Simulation Center and associate professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine. In addition, she is an adult nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health, where her clinical practice focuses on the primary care of African-American and Hispanic adults. She also is an instructor at the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy.

She is a recipient of the Woman in Red recognition (2006), AANP State Award of Excellence (2004) and Delta Beta Excellence in Leadership Award (2002). She was chosen for the Sigma Theta Tau International Omada Mentee (a leadership mentorship -- 2005-2007), was FAMU Teacher of the Year (2005), became a fellow of the AANP (2005) and is an STTI Virginia Henderson and Billye Brown Fellow.

Ms. Danforth is past president, and current secretary, of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation Board of Directors. She is currently the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network legislative chair. In the past, she has been a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners nominating committee, president of the Tallahassee Council of Advanced Practice Nurses, and a reviewer for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation Scholarship & Grant Program.

She has presented regionally, nationally and internationally on topics including OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations), diabetes, hypertension, self-esteem in chemically impaired nurses, basic and advanced electrocardiography, and how to use the panoptic ophthalmoscope and macroview otoscope. She has also published articles and book chapters. Currently, she is an editor of Smart Ideas and reviewer for HESI, Elsevier and FA Davis.


University of South Florida, 1995, M.S., nursing, adult health, nurse practitioner, nursing education, Tampa, Fla.

University of South Florida, 1988, B.S., nursing, Tampa, Fla.

Indiana University, 1983-1986, pre-nursing, Bloomington, Ind.


AANP Foundation Board secretary

ASPE Chair, Education committee member


2006: Honored at AANP National Conference as Outstanding NP by Health Monitor

2006: Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Woman in Red for 2006

2005: Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP)

2005: Florida A&M University Teacher of the Year

2005: Council of Advanced Practice Nurses Past President Recognition

2005: Sigma Theta Tau, International Omada Board Mentoring Program Mentee

2004: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners State Award of Excellence for Nurse Practitioners

2004:American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Health Policy Leadership

2002: Delta Beta Chapter-at-Large Excellence in Leadership Award

2002: Delta Beta Chapter-at-Large Past President Recognition

2001: Delta Beta Chapter-at-Large for Outstanding Service

1999: Sigma Theta Tau International, Region 7 Recognition of Service

1996: USF Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to College and Community(Grad)

1996: Who’s Who in Nursing

1995: Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Beta Excellence in Nursing Education Award

1988: Scholastic All-American Achievement Award

1988: National Collegiate Nursing Award

1988: National Dean's List

1988 USF Dean's List

1986-88: USF Honor Student


American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Association of Standardized Patients

Council of Advanced Practice Nurses

Florida Nurse Practitioner Network

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Beta Chapter at Large and Rho Kappa

Golden Key Honour Society

Phi Kappa Phi

Research Focus

Women's Health



Danforth, D. (2008). Red Eye: What to do when the “eyes” have it. Clinical Advisor 11(8), 33-40.

Danforth, D. (2008). In HESI Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination 2nd edition. St. Louis: Elsevier.

Smith, G.B. & Danforth, D.A. (1998). Persons living with HIV disease and AIDS. In G.A. Glod (ed.) Psychiatric nursing: A psychological approach. (pp. 604-619)New York: F.A. Davis.

Smith, G., Danforth, D.A., & Owens, P. (1994). Role restructuring: Nurse, case manager, and educator. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 19(1), 21-32.