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Brett T. Morgan, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Professor
(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 is 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 and has served on several committees of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

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
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.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Brett Morgan was one of 14 individuals recently awarded the 2016 Board of Directors Certificate of Commendation by the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) for exemplary leadership in building strong, collaborative opportunities to move nursing forward.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Brett Morgan and DNP alumni Jacob Deeds recently published an article entitled "An Anesthesia Quality Improvement Project to Improve Postoperative Pain Outcomes After Hysterectomy" in the Anesthesia eJournal. Other co-authors include Maj Prsicilla Shaw with the United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing in Texas, and Ltc Aaron Elliott with William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Texas.

Friday, July 29, 2016

This week, eight legislators and staff visited DUSON to learn about the interrelated missions of nursing education in educating the health care workforce, advancing health care through innovation and research, providing high-quality care, and serving the community. The day was coordinated by Diane Uzarski with the School of Nursing Office of the Dean, and Doug Heron with Duke Office of Government Relations.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Maryilyn Oermann gave the keynote address on "Publishing the Best Practices for QSEN" at the 2016 QSEN National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The conference theme was "The New Frontier: Forging Partnerships for Lifelong Learning in Quality and Safety."

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Brett Morgan was recently appointed to the Nurse Anesthesia Steering Committee of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) for a three-year term. The steering committee will oversee the implementation of projects within the anesthesia area and play a vital role in HVO's project oversight and volunteer management process.

The HVO sends health care professionals abroad with a unique mission to improve the availability and quality of health care in resource-scarce countries through the training and education of local health care providers.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Brett Morgan published an article entitled "Utilization of a Preemptive, Multimodal Analgesic Regimen in Adult Ambulatory Septoplasty Patients: A Quality Improvement Project" in the fall 2015 edition of the Journal of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses. The article was co-authored with John Hopkins University School of Nursing Associate Professor Julie Stanik-Hutt.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Brett Morgan who serves as the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists president recently was quoted in a statement issued by the North Carolina Nurses Association in support of Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his co-sponsorship of the federal "Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act." According to the statement, when signed into law, this bill will help alleviate the highly publicized problems with wait times at Veterans Affairs facilities by giving Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and Physician Assistants full practice authority, defined as the ability to practice

Friday, October 9, 2015

Several nurse anesthesia students showcased their posters at the annual North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NCANA) Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Student Rebecca Swensen came in first place for her work on the Bass Connections project with faculty members Brett Morgan and Chris Muckler.

Friday, October 9, 2015

DNP Nurse Anesthesia graduate Emily Funk and faculty and staff members Sharon Hawks, Brett Morgan and Julie Thomson joined with Duke University Medical Center employees Kelly Iannello and Brad Taicher to publish an article entitled "Structured Handover in the Pediatric Postanesthesia Care Unit" in the August issue of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.