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Deborah Busch, DNP, MSN

Assistant Professor
Deborah Busch
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Family
  • Global
  • Lactation
  • Maternal Health
  • Parenting
  • Pediatrics
  • Simulation
  • Women's Health
  • Workplace Health


Deborah Busch earned her BSN at Temple University and began her nursing career at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She subsequently worked in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Health Department as part of its first Pediatric Public Health Nurse Team. She joined the Peace Corps for a year with her husband in Northern Nepal. The experience inspired her to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. She received her MSN from Gwynedd Mercy College and later received her DNP in 2013 from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Busch has extensive experience in primary care pediatrics, and maintains active clinical practice in general pediatrics/lactation and volunteers for global medical mission trips. Her clinical area of expertise and research focuses on high-risk perinatal dyads, pediatric primary care, and breastfeeding/lactation care. She is active in several pediatric and lactation professional international, national, state, and local agencies and holds several nominated and volunteer positions. Dr. Busch has presented frequently at national and regional conferences as an invited speaker to disseminate her scholarly research and practice. Notably, Dr. Busch is the author of the Tri-Core Breastfeeding Model, which has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care (2013), was adopted by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as a standard of practice, and has been utilized frequently by those in clinical practice, lactation education and research, quality improvement, and Doctor of Nursing Practice projects. 

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    Busch, D.W. & Silbert-Flagg, J. (in press). Breastfeeding Plan of Care for the Late Preterm Infant from Birth through Discharge. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. 00(0)

    Busch, D.W., Silbert-Flagg, J., VanGrafelaand, B., Gentry-Russell, N., Mclltrot, K., Sloand, E., Mudd, S., & D'Aoust, R. (in press). Innovative Simulation Roadmap for Faculty to Prepare Advanced Practice Registered Nurses for Entry into Practice. Nursing Education Perspectives. 00(0)

    Silbert Flagg, J. & Busch, D.W., & Bataille, J.A. (2020). Mothers’ Perception of the Influence of a Breastfeeding Support Group in Achieving their Breastfeeding Goals. Journal of Clinical Lactation,11(2). No. CLINLACT-D-19-00019R2.

    Busch, D.W, Silbert-Flagg, J.,Ryngaert, M., & Scott, A. (2019). NAPNAP Position Statement on Breastfeeding. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 33(1), 11-15.

    Hughes, V., Busch, D.W, Trautmann, J., & Sloand, E. (2019). Key components for successful nurse practitioner student learning in an international clinical setting. COJNH, 5(2), 1-4. 10.21031/COJHN.2019.05.000607.

    Silbert-Flagg, J., Busch, D.W. (2019). Utilizing a Risk Factor Approach to Identify Potential Breastfeeding Problems. Global Pediatric Health, Vol 6, 1-5.10.1177/2333794X19847923.

    Busch, D.W., Silbert-Flagg, J., Ryngaert, M., Scott, A. (2018). NAPNAP Position Statement on Breastfeeding—National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Breastfeeding Education Special Interest Group.

    Busch, D.W. (2016). Clinical management of the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad in recovery from opioid dependence. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 27(2), 68-77.
    doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000117.

  • Awards/Honors

    2020 Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

    2018 The D.C and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition’s “Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace and Healthcare Provider Award”

    2017 The Breastfeeding SIG Award: Continuing Education Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Support NAPNAP’s Mission

    2015 Outstanding Breastfeeding Special Interest Group Award

    2014 Outstanding Breastfeeding Special Interest Group Award

    2013 New Nursing Faculty Fellowship Award from MHEC at University of Maryland

    2013 University of Maryland Nursing Faculty Scholar Award