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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF

Professor, Watson Caring Science Endowed Chair


Sara Horton-Deutsch

Sara.Horton-Deutsch@ucdenver.edu

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF began as a professor at the College of Nursing in 2013, and is the Watson Caring Science Endowed Chair. As the Watson Caring Science Endowed Chair, Sara will continue to advance former College of Nursing Dean Jean Watson's work in caring science, which has provided a meaningful philosophical foundation to nursing as a distinct discipline and profession, and has resulted in transformative 21st century models of professional nursing education, research, practice administration and delivery of person-centered health care.

Sara is a certified Caritas Coach and HeartMath trainer. She is also an Assistant Director in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado-Denver, which brings together colleagues from across the campus, university, state and nation to support competent, compassionate and respectful health care through teaching, research, clinical service and community engagement. In 2015, Sara was named the director of the regenerated Watson Caring Science Center with the mission of advancing the art and science of human caring knowledge, ethics, and clinical practice in the fields of nursing and health sciences. The Center fosters research, teaching and practice of human caring through an interprofessional PhD program track and continuing education training programs integrating new knowledge from humanities, arts, cross cultural spiritual disciplines, and emerging scientific disciplines. The Center supports the development and implementation of innovative approaches to clinical practice and human caring and healing. It serves as an international and inter-professional resource and clearing house for information related to the theory and practice of human caring and healing.

Sara holds a PhD in nursing and an MSN in psychiatric nursing from Rush University, and completed post-doctoral work at the same university in psycho-neuro-immunology. She previously worked as a full professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing. She has experience in an administrative role as the interim department chair of the department of environments for health at the same university. She has taught a variety of courses, ranging in medium (online and face-to-face) and subject (substance, psychiatric nursing, nursing leadership, etc.).

Among her many professional memberships, Sara is a member of American Nurses Association, National League of Nursing and American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is a former President of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses.​
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Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
Post-Doctoral

Rush University

Chicago, IL

Psycho-Neuro Immunology 1995
PhD

Rush University

Chicago, IL

Nursing 1992
MSN

Rush University

Chicago, IL

Nursing 1988
BSN

University of Evansville

Evansville, IN

Nursing 1986
 
  1. Horton-Deutsch, S., Waite, R., & Bentley, M. (2015). The role of mental health nursing in community environments. In E. Yearwood & V. Hines Martin (Eds.). Global Mental Health Nursing. Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge Books. (in press)

  2. Horton-Deutsch, S. (2015). Knowing what must be done: A caring and effective response to the Ebola virus. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29(1), 1-2.

  3. Sherwood, G., & Horton-Deutsch, S. (Eds.) (2015). Reflective organizations: On the frontlines of QSEN and reflective practice implementation. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

  4. Horton-Deutsch, S., & Fitzpatrick, J. (2014). New beginnings...a partnership to advance psychiatric-mental health nursing. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28(6), 1-2.

  5. Pearsall, C., Purdue, K., Horton-Deutsch, S., Young, P., Halstead, J., Nelson, K. & Morales, M.L. (2014). Becoming a nurse faculty leader: doing your homework to minimize risk taking. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(1), 26-33.

  6. Horton-Deutsch, S. Pardue, K., Young, P., Morales, M., Halstead, J., & Pearsall, C. (2014). Taking risk by doing the right thing. Nursing Outlook, 62(2), 89-96.

  7. Stiles, K., Horton-Deutsch, S, & Andrews, C. (2014). The nurse’s lived experience of becoming an interprofessional leader. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(11), 487-495.

  8. Dreifuerst, K. & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2014). Meaningful debriefing and other approaches. In P. Jeffries (Eds.). Simulation Clinical simulations in nursing education. Baltimore, MD: National League of Nursing.        

  9. ​Horton-Deutsch, S.  & Waite, R. (2013). The role of mental health nursing in community environments. In E. Yearwood & V. Hines Martin (Eds.). Global Mental Health Nursing. Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge Books.

  10. Dreifuerst, K. & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2013). The concept of debriefing. In P. Jeffries (Eds.). Simulation Learning Collaboratively. 
  11. Horton-Deutsch, S. & Sherwood, G. (2013). Transforming education through reflective practice pedagogies. Part 1: Laying the foundation.  (Manuscript submitted for publication).
  12. Horton-Deutsch, S. & Sherwood, G. (2013). Transforming education through reflective practice pedagogies. Part 2: Assessment and Evaluation. (Manuscript submitted for publication).
  13. McNelis, A., Horton-Deutsch, S. & Friesth, B. (2012). Informatics in graduate psychiatric nursing education. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26(5), 358-363.
  14. Horton-Deutsch, S., McNelis, A. & O’ Haver Day, P. (2012). Balancing technology with face-to-face interaction: Navigating the path to psychiatric nursing education at a distance. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 18(3), 193-196.
  15. Horton-Deutsch, S., McNelis, A., & O’ Haver Day, P. (2012). Developing a reflection-centered curriculum for graduate psychiatric nursing education. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26(5), 341-349.
  16. McNelis, A. & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2012). Taking charge of our future:  Curricular approaches that improve quality and safety in psychiatric nursing practice and health care. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 256(5), 339-340.
  17. Sherwood, G. & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2012). Turning vision into action: Reflection to build a spirit of inquiry. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds.). Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  18. Lombard, K. & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2012). Creating space for reflection: The importance of presence in the teaching~learning process. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds.). Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  19. Horton-Deutsch, S., Drew, B. & Beck-Coon, K. (2012). Mindful learners. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds.). Reflective Practice Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  20. Horton-Deutsch, S. (2012). The learning of reflection and reflections on learning: Reflective pedagogies in action. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds.). Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  21. Horton-Deutsch, S. & Sherwood, G. (2012). Assessing and evaluating reflective learning in class and clinical contexts. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds.). Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  22. Sherwood, G. & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2012). Attention to self as a nurse: Making sense of practice. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds.).  Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  23. Pesut, D., Sherwood, G. & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2012). Reflecting as a team: Issues to consider in  interprofessional practice. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds.). Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  24. Pesut, D., Horton-Deutsch, S. & Sherwood, G. (2012). Creating the future of nursing: Appreciation, Influence and control leadership. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds.). Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International. 
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​Title ​Organization ​Year
​Academy of Nurisng Education Fellow ​National League for Nursing ​2013
​Nurse Educator of the Year, Honorable Mention ​Indianapolis Star ​2012
​Trustees Teaching Award ​IU School of Nursing ​2012
​Rose Mays Excellence in Teaching, Diversity Award ​IU School of Nursing ​2011
​Sequoia Award for Promoting Cultural Awareness ​IU School of Nurisng ​2011
​Diversity Award ​International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses ​2011
​Dean's Award for Partnerships honoring work with Indiana State Nurses Association ​IU School of Nursing ​2010
​Fulbright-Hays Scholarship ​Indiana University Purdue University ​2009
 

Stiles, K., Andrews, C., & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2014). The nurse’s lived experience of becoming an interprofessional leader in healthcare. Manuscript submitted for publication 10/13.

Horton-Deutsch, S. Pardue, K., Young, P., Morales, M., Halstead, J., & Pearsall, C. (2014). Taking risk by doing the right thing. (accepted for publication 12/13 Nursing Outlook).

Horton-Deutsch, S. (2013). Thinking it through: The path to reflective leadership. The American Nurse (in press).

McNelis, A. & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2012). Taking charge of our future: Curricular approaches to improve quality and safety in psychiatric nursing practice and healthcare, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26 (5), 339-340.

Horton-Deutsch, S. (2012). A remembrance of Mary Jo Regan Kubinski. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26(4), 336-337.

Regan Kubinski, M.J., & Horton-Deutsch, S. (2012). Update on APRN Regulation and its Application to Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26 (1) 24-25.

Pearsall, C., Purdue, K., Horton-Deutsch, S., Young, P., Halstead, J., Nelson, K. & Morales, M.L. (2013). Becoming a nurse faculty leader: doing your homework to minimize risk taking. (Accepted for publication in the Journal of Professional Nursing 7/12).

McNelis, A., Horton-Deutsch, S., O’ Haver Day, P., Gavardinas, T., Outlaw, C., Palmer, R., & Schroeder, M. (2012). Identifying gender differences in substance use disorders. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 48(1), 41-46.

Horton-Deutsch, S., McNelis, A. & O’ Haver Day, P. (2011). Enhancing mutual accountability to promote quality, safety and nurses’ recovery from substance use disorders. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 25(6), 445-455.

Young, T., Pearsall, D., Stiles, K., & Horton-Deutsch, S. (July/August, 2011). Becoming a Nursing Faculty Leader, Nursing Education Perspectives, pp. 150-156.

Horton-Deutsch, S., Young, T. & Nelson, K. (2010).  Becoming a nurse faculty leader: Facing  challenges through reflecting, persevering, and learning to relate with others new ways.  Journal of Nursing Management, 18, 487-493.

 

​Title ​Grant Agency ​Award ​Date
​Co-I, Advancing Multidisciplinary Education for Screening Brief Intervention and Refferal to Treatment (SBIRT) ​National Institute for Mental Health ​$937,935 ​2013-2016
​Invest., The Nurse's Lived Experience of Becoming an Interprofessional Leader ​Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Chapter, Indiana University ​$1,440 ​2012-2013
​Co-Invest., "The Nurse's Lived Experience of Becoming an Interdisciplinary Leader" ​Sigma Theta Tau International Nu Xi at Large, Ohlone College ​$2,000 ​2011-2012
​Co-Invest., "The Context of Recovery: Understanding the recovery and treatment experiences of male nurses" Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Chapter, IU School of Nursing ​$2,000 ​2011-2012
​Co-Mentor, Indiana State Nurses Assistance Program: Factors Related to Substance Use in Practicing Nurses ​Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI), IUPUI ​$30,000 ​2009-2010
​Program Director, Distance Accessible Education for Graduate Mental Health Education ​Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Advanced Nursing Education Program ​$712,114 ​2008-2011