Deborah Saber

Research Interests

  • Waste Management of Infectious Patients
  • Nursing Work Environment/Job Satisfaction
  • Food System Sustainability in Hospitals

Research Projects:



  • Ph.D., Nursing, University of Central Florida
  • M.S., Nursing Administration, DePaul University
  • B.S.N, Vanderbilt University

Deborah is a member of the Mitchell Center Materials Management Research Team. Her research/scholarship focus aligns with the Mitchell Center’s mission of “improving well-being while protecting the environment” as her interests concern environmental sustainability within the field of healthcare.

In 2016, her research focused exclusively on solid waste and disposal processes for patients with multi-drug resistant organism infections (MDROs). She conducted a study during the summer of 2016 and disseminated findings at the 2016 Eastern Maine Medical Center Expo and 2017 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference. A manuscript disclosing full study results was accepted for publication in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. In addition, the Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability published a piece about the concerns of waste disposal for hospitalized infectious patients.

Through her involvement with the Materials Management Team, her research interest has broadened to include food system sustainability. As a result, she participated in the LD 1534 Stakeholder Workgroup and subsequent publication and she is the Pl on the recently awarded UMaine Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative (IURC) program.

Selected Publications

Saber, D. (accepted). Healthcare’s Role in Environmental Sustainability: Nurses Are Needed to Guide Efforts! American Nurse Today.

Lewis-Pierre, L., Anglade, D., Saber, D., Gattamorta, K., & Piehl, D. (accepted). Evaluation horizontal violence and bullying in the nursing workforce of an oncology academic medical center. Journal of Nursing Management.

Saber, D., & Silka, L. (under second 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 second 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. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 23(2). doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol23No02PPT33

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