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Eleanor L. Stevenson, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
(919) 684-1774
3112 Pearson Building

Dr. Eleanor Stevenson received her B.S. in Nursing from Rutgers University College of Nursing-New Brunswick, and her M.S. in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University College of Nursing-Newark. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University College of Nursing. During her doctoral studies, she received the Alumni Association Doctoral Achievement Award; the Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Research Award; the Rudin Family Award for Doctoral Achievement; and the McRae Foundation Award. Dr. Stevenson’s clinical career has been focused on women’s health issues including working in various settings such as high-risk labor and delivery, mother-baby, antepartum, family planning, and infertility services. She has previously worked in research and development of women’s health and infertility medications.

Dr. Stevenson joined the faculty of Duke University School of Nursing in August, 2011 and teaches in the ABSN program, including courses such as Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family and Nursing Specialty Synthesis. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Stevenson was a full time Clinical Nurse Educator at Duke University School of Nursing, taking students into the clinical setting in the role of a Clinical Instructor in Maternity, Foundations, and Specialty Synthesis courses. She also continues her research examining multidimensional psychological stress in women who have conceived pregnancies via in-vitro fertilization with an interest in its role on adverse birth outcomes including preterm birth.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • PhD - New York University College of Nursing
  • MS - Rutgers University College of Nursing
  • BS - Rutgers University College of Nursing

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 || 2012 ASRM Nurse Research Award, American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Nurse Professional Group
  • 2011 || American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Nurse Research Award, Merck, Inc.
  • 2010 || McRae Foundation Research Award, McRae Foundation
  • 2006 || Erline McGriff Student Award, New York University College of Nursing
  • 2005 || NYU Alumni Association Doctoral Student Award, New York University Alumni Association
  • 2004 || Rudin Family Student Award, New York University
  • 2004 || Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon- Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Chapter
  • 1995 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon chapter

Areas of Expertise

  • Reproductive Health
  • Women's Health

Areas of Interest

maternal health
in vitro fertilization

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26506864 Stevenson, E. and Chudgar, S. M. and Turner, K. and Molloy, M. and Phillips, B. and Engle, D. L. and Clay, A. S. How We Engage Graduating Professional Students in Interprofessional Patient Safety. Nurs Forum. October, 2015 Epub ahead of print
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24980203 Hershberger, P. E. and Stevenson, E. L. In support of equitable infertility health insurance. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. June, 2014 43(4); 401-2
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24750647 Stevenson, E. L. Enriching a classroom lesson on grief and loss. Nurs Womens Health. April, 2014 18(2); 99-100
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24535177 Stevenson, E. L. and Gordon, H. A. Students as active learners and teaching partners in the clinical setting. Nurse Educ. March-April, 2014 39(2); 52-3
  • 2013 -- Turner, K. M. and Chudgar, S. M. and Engle, D. and Molloy, M. A. and Phillips, B. C. and Stevenson, E. L. and Clay, A. S. "It takes a village": An interprofessional patient safety experience for nursing and medical students. Medical Science Educator. 2013 23(3S); 449-456
  • 2003 -- PubMed # : 12544045 Stevenson, E. L. Future trends in nursing employment: the nursing shortage has made choosing the right career path easier. Am J Nurs. 103 Suppl 19-25; quiz 38-9
  • 2003 -- Mayberry, L. J, and De, A. K. and Stevenson, E. L. and Affonso, D. D. International muiltisite studies In Diversity in Health Care Research: Strategies for Multisite, Multidisciplinary and Multiethnic Projects edited by Hawkins, J. W. and Haggerty, L. A,. 2003; pp. 116-144. : Springer Publishing Company. 2003 116-144
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Eleanor Stevenson was recently selected as a Research Triangle International (RTI) University Scholar for 2018-2019. She will be working on a project entitled "Development of strategies for family planning (FP) programs to enhance service delivery for men in FP settings in The Philippines and Ethiopia." 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dean Marion Broome, Eleanor Stevenson and Michael Relf recently presented at the second international nursing conference "Transforming Nursing Future: Technology, Innovation and Collaboration" organized by the College of Nursing at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Center for Nursing Research recently announced its small grant awardees: 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Eleanor Stevenson and DNP alumna Amy Bell recently published an article in Obstetrics & Gynecology entitled "Implementing a Systematic Approach to Reduce Cesarean Birth Rates in Nulliparous Women."


OBJECTIVE: To implement a systematic approach to safely reduce nulliparous cesarean birth rates.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Eleanor Stevenson, Kathy Trotter and ABSN alumna Melissa Hurt published an article entitled "Oocyte Cryopreservation for Fertility Preservation in Healthy Women" in the October-November, 2017 edition of Nursing for Women's Health. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Eleanor Stevenson and Susan Silva publish an article entitled "Multidimensional Psychological Stress During Pregnancies in Women Who Conceived via In Vitro Fertilization" in the August issue of Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It is my pleasure to announce the following promotions which have been approved by the Board of Trustees:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

DNP alumni Christine Wollenhaup, Eleanor Stevenson, Consulting Associate Julie Thompson, and Helen Gordon publish an article entitled "Implementation of a Modified Bedside Handoff for a Postpatum Unit" in the June issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration. Gloria Nunn with Emory Healthcare was another co-author.

Friday, April 21, 2017

DNP student Meghann Batten and Eleanor Stevenson publish an article entitled "Implementation of a Hydrotherapy Protocol to Improve Postpartum Pain Management" in the April issue of the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Eleanor Stevenson published an article entitled "Male subfertility as a chronic illness: the role of adaptive challenges" in the March issue of the Journal of Human Fertility. Co-author includes Kevin McEleny from Newcastle, UK.