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Laura Debiasi started her nursing career as a staff nurse on the Pulmonary Care Unit, which developed her desire to provide care to children and families with chronic pulmonary diseases.  It was learning about the complex needs that these families often face that led her to complete a Master of Public Health in Health Care Organization and Policy with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. She has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for over a decade.

Prior to joining Children’s of Alabama as a Nurse Practitioner, Laura was an Assistant Professor at UAB School of Nursing where she taught both undergraduate and graduate students. During that time, she maintained an active faculty practice in a variety of outpatient clinics where she worked as a nurse practitioner. She is a trained facilitator for the Community Action Poverty Simulation which aims to teach adults about the effects of poverty on social determinants of health.

Since starting at Children’s, she has remained active in an educational role by precepting nurse practitioner and physician assistant students. She has experience with grant writing, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and speaking at conferences nationally and internationally on topics related to pediatric health. She has been a reviewer for the Journal of Child Health Care since 2013.

Laura is a nurse practitioner on the Pulmonary Care Unit with the in-patient resident service working to provide care to children with complex pulmonary needs. In 2022, she became the nurse faculty for the UAB Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC). This is a Maternal Child Health (MCH) grant that provides leadership opportunities for graduate students from a variety of disciplines.

She maintains membership in professional organizations including: Alabama League for Nursing (President 2019-2021), Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (Treasurer 2022-2024), National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.