Deborah Conway, MS, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Department: Family, Community & Mental Health Systems

Office: CMNEB 2026
Phone: (434) 924-0103
Email: dcc8v@Virginia.EDU
Fax: (434) 243-8371
Teaching is a challenging and rewarding profession for me. Leading the Health Care Product Evaluation Center was a novel way to contribute to the improvement of patient care.

Deborah Craig Conway, RN, MSN, is an assistant professor of nursing with clinical experience in maternal and child health and community health nursing, and is the past director of the Health Care Product Evaluation Center (HCPEC). She received a B.S. from Skidmore College with a major in nursing and an M.S. from Boston University with a concentration in maternal child health nursing and teaching. She has served as a Division Director and is an Academic Clinical Coordinator in the UVA School of Nursing. As Director of HCPEC, she has completed evaluation projects and served as Principal Investigator for clinical studies for such companies as Tyco/Covidien, Herman Miller, BD, BBraun, Clinvue and Hollister.  She has guest lectured at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UVA on product evaluation.   Her interest in interprofessional education and collaboration led to co-teaching Biomedical Innovation, an elective course for graduate students in nursing, architecture, business or engineering.  She is the President-Elect of Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She received the first Innovations in Teaching Award offered and was awarded a second in 2001, and a third in 2008. She has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of both the local chapter of the American Red Cross and the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way.

Research Focus

Product Evaluation.

Clinical Focus

Community Health Nursing in the BSN traditional student track, focusing on maternal and child populations.

Teaching Focus

Community Health Nursing in the BSN traditional student curriculum.


Journal Articles

Conway, D. (2014). . Genius II Infrared Ear Thermometer, (A white paper), .

Conway, D., Quatrara, B. & Rodreguez, L. (2012). A better fit: Industry collaboration with nurse-clinicians in the development and redesign of a pneumatic compression device. Orthopaedic Nursing, 31(6), 348-354. doi:10.1097/NOR.0b013e318274261e

Kowal-Vern,A.,Poulakidas,S.,Conway,D. (2009). Fecal containment in bedridden patients; economic impact of two ocmmercial bowel catheter systems. American Journal of Critical Care, Supplement, 18(3)00-00.

Professional Service

  • Chair of the Board of Directors, United Way Thomas Jefferson Area (2002-2003)
  • Founder and Steering Co-Chair, Women United in Philanthropy (2005-2006)
  • Chair of the Board of Directors, Central Virginia American Red Cross (1986-87)
  • Board of Directors member, United Way Thomas Jefferson Area (1990-present)
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau-Beta Kappa Chapter (1976 to present)
  • Grant Committee Member, Women United (2008-present)

Awards & Honors

  • Innovations in Teaching, University of Virginia School of Nursing Alumnia Association (2008,2001,1991)
  • NBC Sunrise Standout, NBC29, local TV station (2005)