The NephU Community is proud to honor Dr Debra Hain as our latest NephHero!


Thank you, Dr Hain, for your support of and contributions to the NephU Community

We appreciate all you do every day to help patients with kidney disease and their loved ones.

I want to do the best for my patients, and I believe we need to be more holistic in our approach to care. Managing kidney disease is a partnership between the patient, the family & the provider. We need to co-manage our patients so that primary care and nephrology coordinates patient care to implement the most appropriate strategies. We need to sit down with our patients and ask them about their goals and discuss what matters most to them. We need to engage patients and help them to set realistic goals to promote health.


Professor, Florida Atlantic University, College of Nursing

Dr Hain is a PhD-prepared tenured professor and DNP Program Director at Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E Lynn College of Nursing. She has over 25 years of experience in nephrology, initially as an RN performing acute and outpatient dialysis and then as a Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr Hain’s scholarship focuses on improving health of adults with CKD and ESKD. Currently, she has an NKF grant funded feasibility study on nutrition, depression, inflammation and CKD. Dr Hain is also a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and she focuses her research and practice on mental health in adults with CKD and diabetes. Dr Hain has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented her research findings and clinical information at national and international conferences. She is currently a visiting Professor for Thai Nguyen National Hospital in North Vietnam, Thai Nguyen University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and is co-advisor for 4 PhD students at Thammasat University in Thailand. Dr Hain has been the chair of 7 PhD dissertations and 41 DNP capstone projects involving care of individuals with chronic disease such as diabetes, chronic kidney disease, pulmonary disease, and cognitive impairment. Learn More About Dr Hain Here

Dr Debra Hain is a paid consultant to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

Education & Training

  • Florida Atlantic University, Christine E Lynn College of Nursing PhD, DSN, Post Masters Certificate
  • Florida Atlantic University Adult Nurse Practitioner, MS/GNP, BSN
  • Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin BA, Management and Communications

Honors & Recognition

  • 2015 Advanced Practice Nursing Award, Florida Nurses Association, South Region
  • 2014 Visiting Professor, University of Philippines Manila, College of Nursing
  • 2014 Excellence in Research, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Association
  • 2014 Inducted as Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2013-2014 Scholar of the Year at Assistant Professor Level, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2014 Nephrology Nurse Researcher Award, American Nephrology Nurses’ Association
  • 2013 Great 100 Nurses, Category of Nurses, Florida Nurses Association
  • Read more about Dr Hain here.

NephU Podcasts, Webinars Featuring Dr Hain

Voices From The Community Episode 23 – Housing Insecurity & Disparities In Kidney Disease

NephU hosts Dr. Debra Hain as she discusses housing insecurity challenges and concerns kidney disease patients.

Voices From The Community Episode 21 – Dietary Challenges & Concerns in Underserved CKD Patients

NephU hosts Dr. Debra Hain, a PhD prepared tenured professor and DNP Program Director at Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E …

Voices From the Community Episode 1 – Care Coordination & Patient Self-Management In Chronic Kidney Disease

Learn about the importance of care coordination and patient self-management from Dr Debra Hain, PhD, APRN, ACPCNP-BC, FAANP, Professor with …

The Impact Of COVID-19: Experience In Nephrology

In this webinar, hear from four leading nephrology providers from across the country as they each share their perspectives on …

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