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Deborah A Saber

Assistant Professor

Dr. Debbie Saber received her BSN from Vanderbilt University, MS in Nursing Administration from DePaul University and PhD in Nursing from the University of Central Florida. She has over 25 years of critical care experience that includes staff, management and industry experience. She holds a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine School of Nursing and works as an evidenced based practice/research director at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Dr. Saber teaches Pathophysiology, Adult Health III, and Health Related Research at the University of Maine.

Her research revolves around the healthcare work environment. She directed a meta-analysis aimed at determining the largest, moderate, and smallest predictors of job satisfaction for front-line registered nurses using study data from 1980–2009. During a longitudinal mixed methods study, Dr. Saber interviewed student nurses concerning their expectations of the work environment and perceptions after 3 and12 months of employment.

Her current research focuses on environmental sustainability efforts. As a healthcare industry expert, she examines solid and food waste within healthcare environments.  She recently conducted a study about solid waste that is generated from patients in multidrug resistant organism isolation rooms and found that personal protective equipment (PPE) accounts for 43% of the waste in medically stable isolated patients. Currently, she is part of an interdisciplinary environmental sustainability team (nursing, environmental engineering, food science, economics, psychology, and anthropology) that has been funded to examining food waste with a team of interdisciplinary undergraduate students. The aim of her research is to examine food waste procedures and practices in Maine hospitals.

Current Research (2016-2018)

  • Building a Sustainable Program on Circular Food Economy for Undergraduate Students within a Multidisciplinary Team

          PI: Deborah Saber

          Co-PIs: Jean MacRae, Cindy Isenhour, Balu Nayak, Travis Blackmer, and Linda Silka

United States Department of Agriculture: Higher Education Challenge Grant

Pending: $150,000 (2019-2021).

  • Making Maine's Local Food System Sustainable: Opportunities to Address Hunger and Reduce (2018)


          PI: Cindy Isenhour

          Co-PIs: Travis Blackmer, Jean MacRae, Deborah Saber, Balu Nayak, and Linda Silka

          Diana Davis Spencer Foundation

          Awarded 1/2018 (duration 3/2018-3/2019) $25,000

  • Making Maine's Local Food System Sustainable: Opportunities to Address Hunger and Reduce Waste

          PI: Deborah Saber

          Co-PIs: Travis Blackmer, Jean MacRae, Cindy Isenhour, Balu Nayak, and Linda Silka

          UMaine, Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaboratives Program

          Awarded 1/2018 (duration 3/2018-3/2019) $25,000

  • University of Maine Partners in Nursing Education (PINE)                                        

          PI: Mary Walker

          Co-PI: Mary Shea

          Co-I: Deborah Saber

          University of Maine Pilot Fund

          Awarded: 5/23/17 $65,000

  • A Study of Solid Waste Disposal Processes for Isolated Patients with Infectious Disease


          PI: Deborah Saber

          Intermural: University of Maine Faculty Summer Faculty Research Fund

          Awarded: 3/21/2016 $8,000.00

Interested topics

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Circular economy
  • Workforce
  • Nurse Safety


  • 2009 Nursing Scholarship for Graduate study
  • 2012 CCRN Certification
  • 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Finalist


  • 1980- American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • 1985- Sigma Theta Tau International                                                  
  • 2003- American Nurses Association 
  • 2006- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society                                                                                   
  • 2009- Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society
  • 2016- Omicron Xi At Large STTI (current Vice-President)                            
  • 2016- Maine Nurses Association                                                                       

2017- Maine Resource and Recovery Association  

  • Isenhour, Cynthia, Brieanne, Berry, Blackmer, Travis, Jean MacRae, Deborah Saber, Linda Silka. 2018. “Waste in not the Maine Way” LD 1534 Stakeholder Working Group. Report for Maine’s Joint Standing Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources, January 10, 2018.
  • Saber, D., & Silka, L. (under review). Sustainable Consumption: The need for interdisciplinary approaches if the waste problem is to be understood and addressed. Journal for Sustainability International.
  • Dreyer, S., Kurz, T., Prosser, A., Saber, D., Swim, J., Walton, A., Dennings, K., McNeill, I. (under review). Towards a Psychology of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Costs and Opportunities. Journal for Sustainability International.
  • Saber, D., Howlett, B., Waterman, T., deTantillo, L. (2018). Solid Waste and Disposal Processes for Isolated Patients with Infectious Disease. , 23(2). Online Journal of Issues in Nursing OJIN: Thedoi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol23No02PPT33
  • Ingwell-Spolan, C., Saber, D. & Poirier, P. (under review). Exploring nursing students’ perspective of disaster simulation education: A qualitative descriptive study. Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Saber, D. (2017). Disposal of medical wastes from infectious hospitalized patients: A mandate for re-examining current practices. The Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability. Retrieved at
  • Saber, D., Strout, K., Swanson-Caruso, L., Ingwell-Spolan, C. (2017). An Interprofessional Approach to Continuing Education with Mass Casualty Simulation: Planning and Execution. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 48(10), 447-453.
  • Strout, K., Saber, D., Swanson-Caruso, L., Ingwell-Spolan, C., Koplovsky, A., Caron, E., Federico, J., Hulst, C., Etro, I., (2017).  Interprofessional mass casualty incident simulation design protocol to prepare prelicensure nursing students to respond to a disaster. Nurse Educator, 42(5).
  • Saber, D., Anglade, D., & Schirle, L. (2015).  A study examining senior nursing students' expectations of work and the workforce. Journal of Nursing Management. doi: 10.1111.jonm.12322
  • Saber, D. (2014). Front-line registered nurse job satisfaction and predictors over three decades: A meta-analysis from 1980-200. Nursing Outlook, 62, 402-414. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2014.05004
  • Saber, D. (2013). Generational differences of the front-Line nursing workforce in relation to job satisfaction: What does the literature reveal? The Health Care Manager 32(4), 329-335