Lydia McBurrows, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

Lydia McBurrows, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

Associate Professor (Clinical) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care Specialty Coordinator

262 Cohn, 5557 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Lydia McBurrows, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

Bio Sketch

Dr. McBurrows is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care and an expert in the care of pediatric populations and their families. Throughout most of her clinical career, she has practiced at various school-based health centers across Southeast Michigan. This practice setting gave her a unique opportunity to incorporate primary health care with community/public health activities. As a result, Dr. McBurrows has had extensive experience with health program development, implementation and evaluation with various high-risk pediatric populations and their families. Dr. McBurrows’ primary interest is adolescent health. She is committed to reducing health disparities and risk-taking behavior through health education and program development. Her teaching philosophy is a collaborative process, with a focus to meet unique learners where they are while facilitating the development of a growth mindset and flexibility of mind. Dr. McBurrows believes health care is continually changing and it is important to teach future nursing professionals to be lifelong learners.


  • DNP, Rush University, 2015
  • MSN, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2000
  • BSN, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1996

Research Interests

DNP project planning:

  • Topic development, proposal development, project development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination

Project types:

  • Quality improvement
  • Program evaluation
  • Curriculum development

Theoretical frameworks:

  • Theory of Planned Behavior
  • The Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change)
  • Bronfenbrenner Ecological System Theory
  • Life Course Theory
  • Social Cognitive Theory


  • Precede-Proceed Planning Model
  • Logic Model
  • PDSA

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

  • Pediatrics
  • Health program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Adolescent health
  • Adolescent parenthood
  • School-based health care
  • Public health
  • Health disparities
  • Interprofessional education
  • Leadership

Selected publications

  • Brooks, J., Fenske, D., McBurrows, L & Zakrajsek, A. (2021). Training future health professionals using an interdisciplinary approach. In J.C. Friberg,, C.F. Visconti, & S.M. Ginsberg (Eds.), Evidence-based education in the classroom: Examples from clinical disciplines (, pp. 89-95). SLACK Incorporated. ISBN 10: 1630917141
  • Hoffman, J., Wu, T., McBurrows, L. & Lally, S. (2022). The impact of a multi-modal childhood lead educational intervention among undergraduate nursing students in the United States. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Research, 12(1), 31-39. DOI: https://10.13178/jnparr.2022.12.01.1206
  • Wu, T., McBurrows, L., Hoffman, J., Lally, S., Raghunathan, V. (2022). Incorporating lead education content into undergraduate nursing curriculum: Impact on knowledge and confidence. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 12(1), 56-62. DOI: https://10.5430/jnep.v12n1p56

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Eastern Michigan University Cornerstone Award
  • 2020 Eastern Michigan University Bright Futures Fellow
  • 1998 Fontaine Nursing Scholarship
  • 1997 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Greater Detroit Area Partnership for Training Scholar
  • 1997 Rackham Merit Fellowship
  • 1996 University of Michigan Class Honors
  • 1996 Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau

Courses taught by Lydia McBurrows, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

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