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Denise Ferrell, DNP, RN

  • Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Public Service
  • Director for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Assistant Professor


DNP, Purdue University

MSN, University of Indianapolis

BSN, University of Indianapolis

LPN, Indiana Vocational Technical College

Interest Areas:

  • Minority Nursing Student Retention and Success
  • Health Promotion and Education in Communities
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Nursing
  • Nursing Workforce Infrastructure
  • Service Learning with PBL Pedagogy Application


Lourens, G., Ferrell, D.K. (2018) Lymphatic Filariasis, Infectious Diseases Issue of Nursing Clinics of North America Clinics

Ferrell, D. K., Decrane, S. K., Edwards, N. E., Foli, K. J., & Tennant, K. F. (2016). Minority undergraduate nursing student success, Journal of Cultural Diversity, 23, 3-11. 

Ferrell, D. K., & Decrane, S. K. (2016). S.O.S. Students’ Optimal Success: A model for institutional action to support minority nursing students, Journal of Cultural Diversity, 23, 39-45.

Leffler, A. R., Thomas, A., Harper, K. J., & Ferrell, D. K. (2016). Developing a process infrastructure to capture supply, education, and demand data for Indiana’s nursing workforce, Journal of Nursing Regulation, 7, 1-4. 

Ferrell, D., & Debord, C. (2003). Make computer-based training user-friendly, Nursing Management, 34, 30-31.


1804 Grant, Ohio University, $80,000
Pre-Immersion Minority Nursing Students Program