Deborah A. Houston, MSN, Oral History Interview, July 26, 2012
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Major Topics Covered:
- Personal and educational background
- Oncology Nursing: overview, evolution of, practice of at MD Anderson; nurses and multi-disciplinary teams\
- Nursing management at MD Anderson
- Career change from nursing to information systems
Chapter 01: A Nursing Student Discovers MD Anderson and Oncology Nursing
Chapter 02: Why Oncology Nursing is Unique
Chapter 03: Nursing and Nursing Management at MD Anderson in the Seventies
Chapter 04: Nursing Administration and a New Setting of Multi-Disciplinary Teams
Chapter 05: Director of Nursing and Center Administrative Director
Chapter 06: Inspirations and Observations About Changes in Nursing
Chapter 07: A Career Change to Information Systems and the Challenges of New Technology
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Houston, Deborah A. MSN and Rosolowski, Tacey A. PhD, "Deborah A. Houston, MSN, Oral History Interview, July 26, 2012" (2012). Interview Sessions. 150.
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About the Interview
About the Interview Subject:
Deborah A. Houston (b. 1950, Honolulu, Hawaii) joined MD Anderson as a staff nurse in 1972. Between 1986 and 1995 she served as Director of Nursing and in 1995 assumed the role of Center Administrative Director for Hematology (until ’97). From 1986 to 2008 she was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing. In 1982, Ms. Houston was the first nurse to receive the Brown Foundation Outstanding Nurse Oncologist Award.
Ms. Houston shifted career paths in 1997, when she became Coordinator of Clinical Systems –Patient Care Information Systems. Her administrative roles in Information Systems expanded to Director, Enterprise Applications, Management Info Systems (’99 – ’05), then Director of Perioperative and Critical Care Informatics (’06 – ’09), then to her present role of Director of Information Systems Clinical Operations and Projects (’05 – present). She has written numerous articles on oncology nursing and on the role that Information Technology can serve in patient care.