Dr. Utley-Smith, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing served as MSN Program Chair from from 2008-2011. She earned her BSN at North Carolina Central University, her MSN at the University of Connecticut, and her doctorate in Health Occupations Education at North Carolina State University. In a career spanning more than 30 years, she has worked as a staff nurse, a charge nurse, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in wellness care of older adults, and an educator of traditional undergraduate students, RN-to-BSN students, accelerated BSN students, and graduate students.
Before joining the Duke University School of Nursing faculty in 2002, she implemented a number of educational innovations including: developing a clinical education site in an environmentally at-risk minority community and a clinical practicum site for graduate students in a nurse-managed clinic; developing and launching online courses on aging and women’s health; and initiating and coordinated two RN-to-BSN distance education programs involving partnerships of medical centers and community colleges.
Dr. Utley-Smith's research interests include healthcare workforce competencies; staff-family interactions in long-term care, health promotion and aging; and utilizing technology and distance learning strategies in classroom and clinical practice to improve learning outcomes.