Deborah A Bretl

Deborah A Bretl, APNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Children’s Wisconsin since 2005
  • Nurse practitioner



  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP) 1997 to present
  • Wisconsin Association of Pediatric Nurse Association and Practitioners (WAPNAP) 1996 to present
    • President, 2012 to present
    • Secretary, Fall 2006 to Summer 2010
    • Program Committee Member, 2010 to present
  • Metro Milwaukee Nurse Practitioner 2004 to present


  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Interest

  • Child advocacy
  • Child neglect
  • Child physical abuse
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Children affected by violence
  • Foster care
  • Medical mimics of child maltreatment
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Education and Awards


  • 1979, Marquette University, BSN
  • 1990, Marquette University,


  • PNP of Year 2008-2009 WAPNAP (Wisconsin Chapter of NAPNAP – National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners)
  • Advance Practice Nurse Excellence Award 2012 - CHW

Research and publications


  • Examining Siblings to recognize Abuse (ExSTRA)
  • Assessment of Parental Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Before and After Infant Safety Education in the NICU
  • Corporal Punishment: Evaluation of an Intervention by PNPs

Recent publications

  • Health Care Needs of Detained Youth Journal of Correctional Health Fall 2000 Vol. 7 Issue 2
  • Sheets L, Bretl D. The SA Pocket Tool. MedEdPORTAL; 2012.
  • Phthirus pubis as a predictor for chlamydia infections in adolescents.