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Beth C. Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor
(919) 684-9376
2039 Pearson Building

Dr. Beth Phillips earned her BSN at East Carolina University her MSN at Duke. She just completed her PhD in Nursing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her dissertation research focused on clinical decision making in senior baccalaureate nursing students in their final semester. Before joining the Duke School of Nursing faculty, she served as Director of Nursing at Vance-Granville Community College. She also has extensive experience in medical-surgical nursing, including ICU staff nursing and supervision.

Dr. Phillips is a member of the ABSN Elected Program Committee. She has served on the Curriculum Pathways Initiative and the Xcel@DUSON task group, and has been instrumental in planning and implementation of the annual Clinical Instructor Intensives. Beth has been actively engaged in collaboration with School of Medicine faculty in developing and implementing several interdisciplinary educational experiences for nursing and medical students. She has mentored graduate students in nursing education from various local universities.

Dr. Phillips is a member of the National League of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She serves as an Advisory Board member for the IEE (Institute of Educational Excellence).

Beth's research interests include decision making in undergraduate nursing students, clinical instructor preparation and competence, and evidence-based nursing education.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program


  • PhD - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MSN - Duke University School of Nursing
  • BSN - East Carolina University

Research Interests

Beth Phillips' current research interests include:
● Evaluation of educational strategies
● Virtual learning environments
● Collaboration among the health disciplines
● Clinical Instructor mentoring and support

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 || Distinguished Teaching Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2009 || Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2002 || Nominated - Excellence in Teaching Award, Vance-Granville Community College
  • 1993 || Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nursing: Beta Epsilon Chapter
  • 1993 || Who's Who in American College Students
  • 1986 || Nominated for Critical Care Nurse of the Year, Pitt County Memorial Hospital

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • Nursing Education
  • Quality of Care / Patient Safety

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
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25238257 Pereira, K. and Phillips, B. and Johnson, C. and Vorderstrasse, A. Internet delivered diabetes self-management education: a review. Diabetes Technol Ther. January, 2015 17(1); 55-63
  • 2014 -- Valiga, T. M. and Gordon, H. A. and Phillips, B. C. Promoting and assessing critical thinking (Chapter 10) In Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators edited by DeYoung, S.. 2014; : Prentice Hall. 2014
  • 2014 -- Valiga, T. M. and Phillips, B. C. The teaching experience in nursing In Evidence-based teaching in nursing: A foundation for educators edited by Cannon, S. and Boswell, C.. 2014, in press; : Jones & Bartlett. 2014, in press
  • 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
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20879622 Phillips, B. and Shaw, R. J. and Sullivan, D. T. and Johnson, C. Using virtual environments to enhance nursing distance education. Creat Nurs. August, 2010 16(3); 132-5
  • 2009 -- Phillips, B. and Blust, K. Student perspectives on clinical learning. In In Clinical Nursing Education: Current Reflections edited by Valiga, T. and Ard, N.. September, 2009; : National League for Nursing. September, 2009
  • 2008 -- Phillips, B. C. Celebrate nurses now! Triangle Nurse Appreciation Council unifies profession. Advance for Nurses. 2008 19(19); 9
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17912995 Utley-Smith, Q. and Phillips, B. and Turner, K. Avoiding socialization pitfalls in accelerated second-degree nursing education: the returning-to-school syndrome model. J Nurs Educ. September, 2007 46(9); 423-6
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17386316 Phillips, B. C. An education-service collaboration to address a perceived graduate RN readiness gap. Nurs Outlook. 55(2); 112-3


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • 2010-11 Nursing Fellows: Best Practices on Teaching Online Classes

    Duke University Center for Instructional Technology
    07/2010 to 07/2011
    Role: CIT 2010-2011 Nursing Fellow

    Project goal: Define and develop “Best Practices” in both technology and pedagogy to be used for teaching online students and mentoring faculty about online education. Fellows will compile findings and publish an online teaching orientation guide.

  • E.D.U.C.A.T.E. ABSNs (Expanding Duke University’s Capacity to Advance, Transform and Empower ABSN Students

    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA NEPR)
    07/2009 to 06/2012
    Role: Faculty

    Project Goal: The purpose of this project is to expand enrollment in the Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program by 94% in three years by 1) recruiting and mentoring 15 new clinical instructors, 2) secure 15 new clinical partners for clinical instruction, and 3) recruit, hire, orient and mentor 5 new doctorally-prepared faculty to teach in the ABSN program.

  • Vascular Intervention Project (VIP)

    Grants to Plan Innovative Duke-Durham Partnered Approaches to Specific Health Problems in Durham County
    12/2009 to 12/2010
    Role: Team member

    Project Goal: Identify specific Durham locales that display a high prevalence of Chronic cardiac disease, hypertension and kidney disease, and construct community-based programs to aggressively manage hypertension in the targeted areas to improve the health of residents.

  • Simulations and Partners across Communities for Registerd Nurse Education (SIM-PAC-RN)

    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
    10/2008 to 06/2010
    Role: Faculty

    Project Goal: The purpose of this project is to expand and strengthen the current Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program by 1) Increasing and expanding the number of clinical sites for entry-level training, 2) expanding the pool of clinical instructors, 3) expanding enrollment in the ABSN program, and 4) enhancing the breadth, depth, and integration of simulation technology into the ABSN curriculum.

  • TIP-NEP Technology Integration Program for Nursing Education and Practice

    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
    01/2008 to 12/2008
    Role: Co-PI on faculty team

    Project Goal: To provide new information and skills to nursing faculty teams who seek to advance the inclusion of educational and clinical technologies into the curricula at their home institutions.

  • Associate Degree Nursing program expansion

    K. B. Reynolds
    07/2004 to 06/2005
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Operating funds to expand the Associate Degree Nursing program at Vance/Granville Community College to help meet the
    growing nursing needs in Granville, Vance, Warren, and Franklin counties.

  • Funding of Academic Services to Nursing Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

    North Carolina Community College System
    07/2004 to 06/2005
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: One year of funding for purchasing a review/remediation program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Funding of Academic Services to Nursing Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

    North Carolina Community College System
    07/2003 to 06/2004
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: One year of funding for standardized testing for the purposes of NCLEX preparation.

  • Funding of Academic Services to Nursing Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

    North Carolina Community College System
    07/2002 to 06/2003
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: One year of funding to assist disadvantaged students with skills remediation by purchasing software and technologies for the lab.

  • Funding of Academic Services to Nursing Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

    North Carolina Community College System
    07/2001 to 06/2002
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: One year of funding to help disadvantaged students with tutoring in the nursing skills lab.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A large showing of DUSON faculty members recently presented at the National Nurse Educator Summit in Salt Lake City, sponsored by ATI Nursing. The National Nurse Educator Summit features nursing professionals from across the country who share a passion for education and lifelong learning.

Faculty members who presented: 

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, February 5, 2018

For the Spring 2018 semester, master’s students at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) have the opportunity to enroll in a new major: Psychiatric Mental Health. It’s the eighth and latest major offered for nurse practitioner students, following closely on the heels of the Women’s Health major, which was added three years ago.

Monday, January 29, 2018

To become a leader in nursing education, a school must provide faculty and staff with resources to stay on the cutting edge. At the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), we know what it takes. We’ve worked hard to become a top school and our strategic plan will keep us on a path of excellence in education.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beth Phillips recently presented a poster at the Sigma Theta Tau International 44th biennial convention in Indianapolis. Her poster was entitled "An Exploration of the Role and Responsibilities of Associate Deans in Schools of Nursing." 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Several faculty recently attended the 2017 National League for Nursing Education Summit in San Diego, Cali. In attendance were: Beth Phillips, Marilyn Oermann Terry Valiga, Janice Humphreys, Margie Molloy, Helen Gordon, Angela Richards-Eaglin, Queen Utley-Smith and Jennie De Gagne.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Beth Phillips published an article entitled "The academic-practice gap: Strategies for an enduring problemin the August issue of Nursing Forum. Co-authors include experts from California State University, George Washington University, Creighton University, Rasmussen College, Immaculata College, ATI Nursing Education, and SUNY Delhi.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

DUSON faculty and PhD students recently traveled to Dublin, Ireland for the 28th International Nursing Research Congress sponsored by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Beth Cusatis Phillips presented at the ATI National Nurse Educator Summit on "Interprofessional Education and Practice: Putting All the Pieces Together" in Orlando, Fla.

She also received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society in Minneapolis, Minn. Phillips dissertation chair, Dr. Karen Morin was there with her.