Rachel Derr


Assistant Professor

BSN, Widener University
MSN, University of Phoenix
DNP, Duquesne University

Courses Taught

Care of the Childbearing Family
Nursing Health and the Environment
Pathophysiologic Processes
Research in Nursing Practice
Introduction to Professional Nursing
Research for Evidence Based Practice
Clinical Experience.

Teaching Focus or Philosophy

Nursing education is a journey. It is my goal to serve as a guide during this adventure and to inspire students to learn the art and science of nursing through the utilization of active learning strategies as well as psychomotor, technological, and traditional teaching modalities. In doing this, I hope to instill core nursing values all while encouraging critical thinking, clinical judgment, reasoning, and life-long learning.


Derr, R. (2007). Evolving roles of registered nurses: Newborn hearing screening programs. Pennsylvania Nurse, 62(3), 19.
Featured in: Holy Family Magazine Fall 2011 Issue Interview: Last Word: Rachel Derr/Noelle Redeemer

Awards and Honors

Holy Family University Five Year Pin, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Certificate of Appreciation, Virtua Memorial Hospital Wow Award, La Salle University School of Nursing Undergraduate Nursing Program Certificate of Appreciation, Sigma Theta Tau Eta Beta Chapter Nursing Excellence Award, Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship Honor Society, Alpha Chi National Scholarship Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Widener University Honors Certificate in General Education.

Additional Info

My areas of specialization and interest include maternal-newborn nursing and simulation. My heart belongs to neonatal intensive care nursing. I am certified in low-risk neonatal nursing. I also have experience in critical care nursing. My clinical experience spans many local university-level hospitals. I have presented my work with simulation and nursing education at several local and national conferences. I am also active in my community through volunteer efforts at my church and children's schools and Home and School Associations.

Rachel Derr
Office: NEB G16
Phone: 267-341-3430