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Brett T. Morgan, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Professor
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
(919) 613-5709
3033 Pearson Building

Brett Morgan, DNP, CRNA, joined the School of Nursing faculty in July 2012 as Assistant Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and Assistant Professor. In this role, he was responsible for on-campus and online didactic instruction as well as student admissions and student evaluations for the CRNA program. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise and completed his undergraduate nursing education with a BSN at The Johns Hopkins University. In 2006, he completed the Master of Science in nurse anesthesia at Georgetown University and achieved CRNA certification. He earned the DNP at Johns Hopkins in 2009.

Dr. Morgan comes to DUSON from the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he coordinated the graduate didactic curriculum and capstone project process. He also served as lead CRNA and instructor on UNC-G surgical/medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Morgan has practiced anesthesia in Raleigh, North Carolina, since 2007 in a variety of clinical settings including Level 1 trauma, cardiovascular surgery, pediatric and neonatal surgery, outpatient surgery, and obstetrical anesthesia. He has served on anesthesia practice committees within multiple departments of anesthesiology throughout Raleigh.

His clinical and scholarly interests include evaluation of the practice of anesthesia (internationally and domestically) as well as effective practices in the preparation of CRNAs, quality improvement and safety in anesthesia care, and policy developments that guide the practice of anesthesia delivery by nurses. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He is past-president of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists and has served on several of the organization's committees.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program


  • DNP - The Johns Hopkins University
  • MS - Georgetown University
  • BSN - The Johns Hopkins University
  • BS - Virginia Tech University

Awards and Honors

  • 2006 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2005 || Richard Oullette Research Award, AANA Foundation

Areas of Expertise

  • Anesthesia
  • Global and Community Health
  • Quality of Care / Patient Safety

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- Funk, E. and Taicher, B. and Thompson, J. and Iannello , K. and Morgan, B. and Hawks, S. Structured handover in the pediatric postanesthesia care unit. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. August 8, 2015, Epub ahead of print
  • 2013 -- Morgan, B. T. Appreciating our nurse anesthetists. Duke Chronicle. January 25, 2013
Friday, April 20, 2018

As part of their Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Students Aisha Allen and Tedrick Vernon recently participated on a student panel at the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Conference at Emory University. Faculty member Brett Morgan also participated on a program director panel.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

DUSON was recently featured in an article entitled "Around the schools: Books over basketballs at Williams" published in Times-News

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Duke University School of Nursing’s Institute for Educational Excellence will host the 8th annual Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education Conference March 22 and 23. This year’s theme is “The Science of Learning.”

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kathy Pereira and Brett Morgan recently co-authored a poster entitled "Implementing Nurse Anesthesia BSN to DNP Education: Challenges, Successes and Considerations for the Future" that was presented by Pereira at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, Florida.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DNP alumna Brandi Tinsbloom, MSN alumni Robert Whitehurst and faculty members Chris Muckler and Brett Morgan recently published an article entitled "Evaluating the Implementation of a Preemptive, Multimodal Analgesia Protocol in a Plastic Surgery Office" in Plastic Surgical Nursing. Additional co-author includes William Stoeckel, owner of Wake Plastic Surgery in Cary, NC. 


Monday, November 13, 2017

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) has been awarded a 2017 “Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing” award by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN). The award recognizes DUSON’s significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in nursing, providing men a supportive educational environment, and educating faculty, students, and the community about the contributions men have made and continue to make to the nursing profession.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Kathryn Kreider and Brett Morgan were recently selected for the 2018 Duke Clinical Leadership Program (DCLP). DCLP is designed for mid-career clinical faculty who show extraordinary promise for future leadership roles at Duke.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Virginia "Chris" Muckler and Brett Morgan recently published an article entitled "Creation of a Low-Cost Simulated Trachea for Deliberate Practice of Cricothyrotomy and Retrograde Wire Usein the August issue of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Journal.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Brett Morgan, DNP, CRNA, assistant professor, has been appointed director of the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Charles Vacchiano is the co-editor of volume 35 of the Annual Review of Nursing Research entitled "Anesthesia and Pain Management," which was published this month. This volume is unique among publications in the field of anesthesia in that it contains a collection of contemporary anesthesia topics for which there is a body of literature that occasionally provides sound evidence for practice change, but more often generates more questions than answers and suggests the need for additional research before a practice change can be recommended.