Deborah Selm-Orr, RN, MS, DNP, CRNP, AOCN
Eastern Regional Medical Center
"What I enjoy most is being able to give patients timely answers to their questions about how they are doing. Fast responses and results remove needless hours and days of worry for patients and caregivers alike."
- Deborah Selm-Orr, RN, MS, DNP, CRNP, AOCN
- Doctorate, Nursing Practice - Rutgers University College of Nursing, Newark, NJ
- Post-MS Certificate, Adult & Family Nurse Practitioner - Rutgers University College of Nursing, Newark, NJ
- MS, Rehabilitation Oncology - Boston University School of Nursing
- BS, Nursing - University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
- Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse
Practicing Since: 1976
“The most important role I take on each day is to teach patients about their disease and treatment, as well as how they can avoid treatment side effects,” says Deborah Selm-Orr, an advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center.
As a member of one of our Patient Empowered Care® teams, Selm-Orr works side-by-side with a medical oncologist, registered dietitian, naturopathic oncology provider and nurse care manager. Together they provide cancer treatment and quality-of-life therapy recommendations best suited to each patient.
The nurse practitioner regularly obtains patients’ medical histories; performs physical examinations and comprehensive assessments; orders and interprets lab and imaging tests; writes orders for chemotherapy; and, prescribes medication to treat symptoms and side effects.
Selm-Orr earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Bridgeport. She went on to complete a master of science degree in rehabilitation oncology at Boston University’s School of Nursing, in addition to a post-master’s degree certificate at Rutgers University College of Nursing. In 2014, she earned a doctorate in nursing practice from Rutgers.
For more than 35 years, Selm-Orr has cared for people fighting cancer and other diseases at hospitals and medical clinics throughout the East Coast. She joined the CTCA® team in Philadelphia in February 2007.
Selm-Orr is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Oncology Nursing Society. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. Additionally, she has long been an active member of the community and church.