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Deborah Busch, DNP, MSN, RN

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. Her scholarship focuses on promoting breastfeeding in the primary care and hospital settings. As her DNP capstone, she applied and received two funding grants and developed the Tri-Core Breastfeeding Model, which has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care (2013) and was adopted by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as a standard of practice. 

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Busch, D.W., Logan, K., Wilkinson, A., (2014). The Tri-Core breastfeeding conceptual model: Strategies for primary care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28(6), pp. 486-496 doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.02.007

    Busch, D.W., Nassar, L., Silbert-Flagg, J., (2015). The necessity of breastfeeding-promoting breastfeeding in the primary care setting: A community pilot project applying the Tri-Core breastfeeding model: Beyond the basics. Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health, 2(2), pp. 1-7. doi: 10.4172/2376-127X.1000158

    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

    2013 New Nursing Faculty Fellowship Award from MHEC at University of Maryland
    2013 University of Maryland Nursing Faculty Scholar Award
    2014 Outstanding Breastfeeding Special Interest Group Award
    2015 Outstanding Breastfeeding Special Interest Group Award