Shirlee Drayton Brooks

Shirlee M. Drayton-Brooks, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP

  • Professor
  • Director, DNP Program

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Education: Psychoeducational Processes (1995)
    Temple University (PA)
  • MSN, Adult Health (1982)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Post-Master's Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner: Lifespan, Primary Care (1997)
    Widener University (PA)

About Me

I ascribe to a pragmatic philosophy of teaching and learning. I believe that nursing education must be practical and logically aligned to the diverse needs of the population we served. I received my bachelor of science in nursing in 1977 from Temple University, master's in science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and a doctor of philosophy in education in 1995 from Temple University.

In 1996 I decided to enhance my educational preparation and practice by becoming a family nurse practitioner. In recognition of the need for substantive public service and leadership, I have served as a university professor, a direct care provider as a family nurse practitioner, and as an advanced practice faculty leader.

From 2007 to 2011, I was appointed to the National Advisory Council on nursing education and practice to advise the HHS Secretary and the U.S. Congress on nursing education and practice under Title VIII. Distinguished historically as the first minority president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, headquartered in Washington, D.C., I provided exemplary and visionary leadership substantiated by expanded curricular resources and unprecedented membership and financial growth.

Research Interests

Advanced nursing practice education


  • Drayton-Brooks, S.M., & Gray, P. S. (2020). Planning for the post COVID-10 pandemic future: Consideration for NP education and practice. The Nurse Practitioner Journal. The Nurse Practitioner: 45(8), 5. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000681808.78887.
  • Drayton-Brooks, S. M., Gray, P. A., Turner, N. P., & Newland, J. A. (2020). The use of big data and data mining in nurse practitioner clinical education. Journal of Professional Nursing. 36, 484-489   
  • Todd, Barbara A., Brom, H., Blunt, Dillon, P., Doherty, C., Drayton-Brooks, S. (2019), Precepting nurse practitioner students in the graduate nurse education demonstration: A cross-sectional analysis of the preceptor experience. Journal of the American Association of Nurse  Practitioner. 31(11), 648-656. doi:10.1097/JXX.0000000000000301.
  • Murt, M. F., Krouse, A. M., Baumberger‐Henry, M.L., & Drayton‐Brooks, S. M. (2019).  Nurses at the table: A naturalist inquiry of nurses on governing boards. Nursing Forum. 54 (4), 575-581.  doi:10.1111/nuf.12372
  • Drayton-Brooks, S. M., Gray, P.A., Turner, N.P., & Newland, J. A. (2017). Building clinical training capacity in nurse practitioners. Journal of Professional Nursing. 33(6), 422-428.  



Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners  
  • American Nurses Associations   
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Past President
  • Phi Kappa Phi  
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society, Eta Beta Chapter




  • May 2013  Fitz Dixon Award for Innovation in Teaching, Widener University  
  • June 2010  Fellow of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners  
  • April 1999  Outstanding Temple University Alumni, Gallery of Success, Temple University



In the Media


  • Nursing Faculty Member Named Distinguished University Professor

    Professor Shirlee M. Drayton-Brooks has been named a Distinguished University Professor. The honor recognizes faculty of distinction and demonstrates to the broader community that Widener is committed to recognizing excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service throughout a faculty member’s career. Distinguished professors serve for three years.

    Drayton-Brooks is a nationally recognized leader in nursing education, especially in the preparation of Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Practice students. She initiated this program at Widener and continues to lead it. Drayton-Brooks is a role model for undergraduate and graduate nursing students and has facilitated the scholarly development of multiple students, advising translational research projects and chairing dissertations. Her national reputation is signified by her position as a Past President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. She is also a Fellow of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has made tremendous contributions to nursing education through her role on the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice and as director of both the DNP and Family Nurse Practitioner programs at Widener. Drayton-Brooks demonstrates a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. 

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  • Nursing Faculty and Alumni Publish in Nursing Forum

    Seven nursing faculty and two nursing PhD alumni are published in the October/December 2019 issue of Nursing Forum, a peer-reviewed journal that aims to explore, explicate or report issues, ideas, trends and innovations that shape the nursing profession. As the largest number of Widener faculty and alumni represented in a single journal at one time, the research topics range from high stakes testing, the role of nurses on governing boards, student veterans in nursing education, and the impact of table top exercises.

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