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Deana Hays, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

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Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Program Director
3004 Human Health Building 
Phone: (248) 364-8716
[email protected]

Dr. Deana Hays has been a faculty member at Oakland University since 2008 and was previously the Director of the Nurse Practitioner Program for Oakland University from 2011-2014 and the Interim Associate Dean from 2014-2017. She maintains her clinical practice at a large cardiology practice in Southeast Michigan. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She enjoys teaching pharmacology and approaches to improving patient safety and outcomes. She has a special interest in Just Culture and competency based education which are important factors in patient quality and safety. 


  • DNP – Oakland University
  • MSN-FNP – Oakland University
  • BSN – Valparaiso University

Research Area Interests

  • Quality and Safety 
  • Just Culture
  • Competency Based Education
  • Research/Publications:

    • Publications (Book Chapter)
      • Fineout-Overholt, E., Brewer, T., Hays, D., NP, Tschannen, D. The Role of Quality    Improvement and Evidence-based Quality Improvement in Practice Change. In Melnyk, B. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (5th ed.), Evidence Based Practice in Nursing  and Healthcare. In Press
      • Hays, D. T. & Clark, N. R. (2017). Gynecologic Anatomy and Physiology. In M. M. Schuiling, K. D., & Likis, K., E. (3rd Ed.), Women’s Gynecologic Health. 
      • Glembocki, M. M. & Hays, D. T. (2013). ANA Standard 2: Diagnosis. In M. M. Glembocki, & J. J. Fitzpatrick (Ed.), Relationship-Based Care: Supporting Professional Nursing Practice.
    • Publications (Referred)
      • Hays, D., Martens, K., & Kridli, S. (2021). Integration of a national HIV curriculum in primary in a primary care NP program. Manuscript in preparation.
      • Hays, D., & Kruse, J. (2021). Nursing students and faculty perceptions of just culture. Journal of Nursing Education (Accepted) 
      • Alexander, C., Tschannen, D., Hays, D., Clouse, M., Siarkowski, K., Lambert-Davis, J., Watson, T., Tovar, E., Zellefrow, C., & Milner, K. (2020). An integrative review of the barriers and facilitators of nurse engagement in quality improvement in the          clinical practice setting. Journal of Nursing Care Quality 
      • Walker, D., Altmiller, G., Hromadik, L.,  Barkell, N., Barker, N., Boyd, T., Compton, M., Cook, P., Curia, M., Hays, D., et. al. (2019). Nursing students' perceptions of just culture in nursing programs. Nurse Educator. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000739
      • Hays, D., Penprase, B., Kridli, S. (2018). Risk factors for frequent users of the emergency department among adults aged 55 and older. Journal of Nursing Education & Practice, 8(9), 96-101. 
      • Kridli, S., Liu, Y.W., Bates, A., Jilian, M., Hays, D., & Jaber, L. (2017). Do teen mentors improve the effectiveness of a culturally-adapted lifestyle intervention in Arab American youth? A randomized, controlled study. Journal of Nursing Education & Practice, 7(7), 119-128. 
      • Penprase, B., & Hays, D. (2015). A profile for frequent emergency department users: determining a baseline for targeting interventions. American Research Journal of Nursing, 1(2), 22-26. 

Grants & Awards:

Hays, D & Kruse, J. (2021-2021). Building a Framework for Just Culture in Nursing Education. Oberhauser SON Faculty Grant Award (6600$) – Awarded

Hays, D. (2019-2022). Midwest Integration of the National HIV Curriculum. HRSA (40,000$)-awarded.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners
  • Cardiology Preventative Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing

School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 364-8733

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