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Melodee J Deutsch, MS, MPH, RN, CPHQ

Assistant Specialist

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Cell: (808)-230-6655 Fax: (808) 956-3257

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Melodee Deutsch has more than 45 years of experience in nursing and has practiced in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Hawaii. She has been a staff nurse, outpatient clinic nurse, physician’s office nurse, community health nurse, NICU nurse manager, perinatal clinical nurse specialist, maternal-child director of nursing, quality director, and has been faculty at a diploma school of nursing, Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii Loa College, and the University of Hawaii School of Nursing. She retired from Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center in 2009 where she was the Director of Quality, Accreditation, Licensing and Patient Safety.

Melodee has received numerous awards and honors: a Nurse Traineeship from the University of Hawaii; a Public Health Traineeship from the University of Hawaii; Manager of the Year from Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center; Maternal-Child Nurse of the Year from the Hawaii Nurses’ Association; Nurse of the Year from the Hawaii Section of the Nurses’ Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Hawaii Edu-Center for Nurses; the Significant Contributions to Nursing Award from the Hawaii Section of the American Organization of Nurse Executives; and was recognized as one of “The Fabulous 50” nurses by UH Manoa Nursing in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the school. She is listed in the World Who’s Who in American Nursing and the World Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.


MPH, University of Hawaii School of Public Health, Honolulu, Hawaii
MS, University of Hawaii, School of Nursing, Honolulu, Hawaii
BS, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Certification in Perinatal Nursing, American Nurses’ Association
Certification in Healthcare Quality, National Association for Healthcare Quality

Clinical Practice

Quality and Patient Safety
Maternal-Newborn Care

Teaching Focus

Quality and Patient Safety
Interprofessional Healthcare Simulation

Recent Publications

Wen A, Ito S, Wong L, Ma C, Kaopua L, Tokumaru S, Deutsch M, Ing D, Juscza P,
Masaki K:  “Interprofessional Education Using Teamwork Simulation at the
University of Hawaii.”  Abstract presented at the Health Professions Education
Conference at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 2016.

Sakai, D., Marshall, S., Kasuya, R., Wong, L., Deutsch,M., Guerriero, M., Brooks, P.,
Fong, S., Omori, J.  (2012). “Interprofessional Education: Future Nurses and
Physicians Learning Together” Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 71(6), 168-171.

Deutsch, Melodee J., chapter on “Ethics” in the AWHONN Core Curriculum for
Maternal-Newborn Nursing, 2nd Edition, W.B.Saunders Company, Spring 1999.

Deutsch, Melodee J., Script and Video Reviewer, Breastfeeding for Professionals,
Videotape Series produced by Vida Health Communications Inc., Winter 1998.

Deutsch, Melodee J., Script and Video Reviewer, Introducing Breastfeeding: The Why-
to,  How-to, Can-do, Videotape Series produced by Vida Health Communications Inc.,
Spring 1998.

Deutsch, Melodee J. and Clarke, Linda, “Becoming baby-friendly – one hospital’s journey
to total quality care” in AWHONN’s  Lifelines, Volume 1, No 6, December 1997.

Deutsch, Melodee J., Author, Ask the Expert Column, “What should I do if I believe
a patient’s treatment plan is unethical?” in AWHONN’s The Voice, February 1996.

Deutsch, Melodee J., Author, Committee Opinion on “Insertion of Prostaglandin Gel by
Labor and Delivery Nurses,” in AWHONN’s The Voice, Summer 1995

Deutsch, Melodee J., Script Developer and Reviewer, “The Compromised Neonate”
Videotape  Series produced by AWHONN, Spring 1994.

Deutsch, Melodee J., “The Adoption Experience in Hawaii,” Coming Together, Vol
VII, No 1, March 1985, Hawaii State Department of Health.

Deutsch, Melodee J., “Meeting the Challenge: Accountability of the Clinical Nursing
Instructor to Students,” Clinical Sessions, Hawaii Nurses’ Association, May 1982.

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