Debbie Walton, MPH, BSN, CNOR
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Debbie Walton began her career in nursing as a graduate of the University of Virginia. She entered the field of Perioperative Nursing at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans. At Tulane, she developed a love for Orthopedic Nursing and New Orleans culture, so she decided to continue her education with a Masters in Public Health focusing on Health Systems Management. In addition to scrubbing and circulating Orthopedics, she functioned as a charge nurse and interim team leader for the Orthopedic and Neurosurgery team.  

 

After 6 years in Louisiana, Debbie decided to return home to Richmond to work at VCU and be closer to family. VCU afforded Debbie the opportunity to advance her skills beyond Orthopedics and experience the intensity of a Level 1 trauma center. She also met her husband, an agency surgical tech.

 

Upon marrying, Debbie moved to Northeast Tennessee and accepted a position as a Nurse Manager of a 14 bed OR at a private hospital. It was during this time that she gained experience in block scheduling, materials management, budgeting, regulatory requirements and most importantly, human resource management. As her husband was completing his education in 2005, Debbie returned home to Richmond and to VCU as a staff nurse. She missed her orthopedic team and colleagues at VCU.

 

Since 2005, Debbie has held the positions of Clinical Nurse, Specialty Team Manager of Orthopedics, Clinical Coordinator, Nurse Manager and now Nursing Director of the Main Operating Room. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of working with some of the most talented nurses and surgical techs, managers and directors that have mentored and guided her through every stage of her career. She has also had the great honor of traveling with World Pediatric Project on seven scoliosis surgery mission trips to the Eastern Caribbean.

 

In Debbie’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with her rescue hound Dixie.