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Keuka College

Dr. Debra Gates

Dr. Debra Gates

  • Associate Professor of Nursing; Division Chair of Nursing, Division of Nursing
Phone: (315) 279-5273
Office: Keuka Business Park
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Academic Credentials

St John Fisher College
St John Fisher College
Ph.D. in Nursing Practioner
Syracuse University
M.S. in Nursing Practioner
Alfred University
B.S. in Nursing

Professional Interests

Diabetes management, patient/family education, medical surgical nursing, and leadership


Deb Gates is on faculty and is the current Chair of the Division of Nursing at Keuka College. She has had roles in academia, administration, and clinical practice for over 30 years. Her clinical experiences include critical care, emergency, community health nursing, primary care and health education and wellness. Of particular interest is in the care of those with or at risk for Diabetes. She is engaged in clinical practice in Endocrinology/Diabetes in the Rochester General Medical Group's Diabetes Care and Resource Center. Prior to joining the faculty at Keuka College, she was the Director of Education at Finger Lakes Health, Geneva New York, Deb earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from St. John Fisher College and her Masters in nursing science at Syracuse University, Syracuse New York. She has taught adult learners for over 26 years. She has 2 grown children Katie and David and lives in Penn Yan with her husband Bill, golden retriever Barley and Romeo the cat. They enjoy the Adirondacks, and boating.

Publications & Presentations

Gates, D,. and Mick D. (2010). Qigong an innovative intervention for rural women at risk for diabetes. Holistic Nursing Practice. 24, (6). 345-354.Poster Presentation Primary Care of the Adult with Diabetes: The State of Science, Research and Leadership Conference April 9th 2009 Rochester, NY Poster Presentation Qigong: An Innovative Intervention for Women at Risk for Diabetes, Research and Leadership Conference April 15th 2010 Rochester, NY Poster Presentation Qigong: An Innovative Intervention for Women at Risk for Diabetes, February 25, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery 29th Annual International Research Conference, Dublin, Ireland Diabetes Research: Relevance to Daily Practice-presented October 9th 2009, Finger Lakes Health Diabetes Continuum Conference. Qigong: An Innovative Intervention for Women at Risk for Diabetes- April 24th St. John Fisher College Qigong: An Innovative Intervention for Women at Risk for Diabetes-Sept 2010, Rochester Diabetes Educator’s Meeting Grants Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation Community Innovations Award, $3,500.00 funded “Ms. Gates research project, funded by this award, will determine the effect of an exercise and stress management intervention, known as Qigong, on the level of perceived healthiness of rural middle-aged women (ages 45-65) at risk for diabetes”.

Appalachian Regional Commission Grant-A New Model for Nurse Education-2006 $149,799.00 not funded but scored highly, reapplication encouraged

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Grant $250,000.00 funded, 2001-2003 Granted funds to assist those that qualified to obtain a diploma in Licensed Practical Nursing with program costs Community Health Care Conversion Demonstration Project Cycles II and III Grant- 2001-2003, $166,000.00 funded- Funded four projects to enhance the educational endeavors of the health system including equipping two computer labs, offering a pilot exercise and education program for outpatients with diabetes, purchasing and implementing an on line employee education program for 1700 employees and enhancing a closed circuit patient education program for acute care and the Family Birth Center

Assisted the Finger Lakes Health organization with writing and implementing Nurse Recruitment and Retention Grants, Health Worker Retraining Initiative Grant, and Community Health Grant-all funded