Veronica Decker, DNP, MBA, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Dr. Decker’s research interests are in organizational management and patient care practices, including clinical, psychological and social, to improve outcomes and treatment for patients with cancer. In spring 2016, her DNP project, “An Automated and Tailored Intervention to Mitigate Distress in Cancer Patients,” was selected as one of the five best clinical interventions at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

Decker has nearly 25 years of experience in cancer care and treatment. In 1984, Decker founded Cancer Counseling and over 15 years, advised more than 1,000 cancer patients using cognitive, behavioral and educational approaches. She is also the author of the inspirational book, “Coping with Cancer: A Patient Pocket Book of Thoughts, Advice and Inspiration for the Ill,” and a reviewer for Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Her clinical career spans four decades, three of which were in nursing executive, and leadership and management roles. Appointments include administrative director at the Cancer Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration and Kissimmee, and administrative director of Clinical Performance Improvement at Florida Hospital Orlando. Previously, Decker spent seven years at Beaumont Hospitals in Michigan where she was the administrative director for the Research Institute and Beaumont Cancer Institute. Under her leadership, the oncology program received more than $8 million in grants through the National Cancer Institute Community Clinical Oncology Program and achieved recognition among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Her previous academic appointments include assistant professor and research associate at the College of Nursing at Michigan State University.

Decker has a DNP from Wayne State University College of Nursing, MBA from the University of Notre Dame, MS in psychology from Winona State University and BS in nursing and psychology from the College of St. Teresa. She is a licensed clinical nurse specialist and a former Six Sigma Lean Green Belt.


Funded Research

  • Evaluating the Outcomes of an Evidence Based Distress Management Protocol, PI, Wayne State University

  • Retrospective Review: Adherence to ACOS Standards & NCCN Guidelines for Distress Management, PI, Wayne State University

  • Improving Hispanic Clinical Outcomes, Co-PI, Florida Hospital Foundation, Florida Hospital

  • Breast Cancer Patients – Reported Sexual Dysfunction: Nurse Clinician in Outpatient Setting, Co-PI, William Beaumont Foundation, Danto Family Fund, Beaumont Hospital

Selected Publications

  • Decker, V.B., Howard, G.S., Holdread, H., Decker, B.D., Hamilton, R.M. (2016). Effects of an Automated Distress Management Program in an Oncology Practice. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 20(1), e9-15.

  • Zhu, X., Decker, V., Almodovar, A.J., Litherland, S.A., Decker, D.A. (2014). Ethnicity Disparities of Breast Cancer within an Insured Population. The Breast Journal, 20(3), 331-332.

  • Spoelstra, S., Given, B., Given, C., Grant, M., Sikorskii, A., You, M., Decker, V. (2013). An Intervention to Improve Adherence and Management of Symptoms for Patients Prescribed Oral Chemotherapy Agents: An Exploratory Study. Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care, 36(1).

  • Spoelstra, S., Given, B., Given, C., Grant, M., Sikorskii, A.,You, M., Decker, V. (2013). Issues related to overadherence to oral chemotherapy or targeted agents. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17(6), 604-609.

  • Belz, Norbert, B., Bennett, L., Carnahan, L., Decker, V., Grady, B., Holden, D., Myers, K., Nelson, E-L., Perry, G., Rosenthal, L., Rowe, N., Spaulding, R., Turvey, C., Voyles, D., White, R. (2011). Evidence Based Practice for Telemental Health. American Telemedicine Association, 17(2), 131-148.

  • Decker, V. (2010). Leaving nothing to chance: The steps one practice took to stay viable in a poor economy. Community Oncology, 7(3), 124-126.

  • Decker, V.B., Weller-Ferris, L. (2009). Coping with Cancer: A Patient Pocket Book of Thoughts, Advice and Inspiration for the Ill. ONS Publishing Division, Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Decker, V.B., Spoelstra, S., Miezo, E., Bremer, R., You, M., Given, C., Given, B. (2009). A Pilot Study of an Automated Voice Response System and Nursing Intervention to Monitor Adherence to Oral Chemotherapy Agents. Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care, 32(6), E20-29.

Professional Organizations

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Association of Cancer Executives
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • International Psycho-Oncology Society
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • American Psychiatric Nursing Association
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • National Association of Oncology Nurses/Oncology Nursing Society



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  • Assistant Professor