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Brigit M. Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN

Associate Professor
Director, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
(919) 668-5103
2116 Pearson Building

Dr. Carter joined the School of Nursing in 2010 and teaches Pediatrics and Professional Nursing in the ABSN program. She earned her BSN at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 1998, a Master’s of Science in Nursing Education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002 and PhD in Nursing from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. She continues her clinical practice as a staff nurse in the Duke University Medical Center Intensive Care Nursery, where she has 16 years’ experience. She is the project director of the HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grant at DUSON, “The Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and Leadership Development for Health Equity (The Health Equity Academy)” and is also the Academic Coordinator for this program.

Dr. Carter’s experience in nursing education before joining the DUSON faculty included coordinating staff education and development in the Intensive Care Nursery, and teaching positions at both Duke (clinical instructor in labor and delivery for ABSN students) and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Teaching Fellow in the UNC School of Nursing). She also serves as a board member of the North Carolina Nursing Association.

Dr. Carter has 26 years of U. S. Navy service (including 9 on active duty) and is currently serving in the rank of Commander in the U. S. Navy Reserves. She currently is stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Carter's current research focuses on nursing care of premature infants (<1500 grams) with feeding intolerance and identification of measurable methods for early detection of feeding intolerance.

Academic Program Affiliations

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


  • PhD - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
  • MSN - University of North Carolina-Greensboro School of Nursing
  • BSN - North Carolina Central University

Research Interests

● Maternal and neonatal risk factors associated with necrotizing enterocolitis in the preterm infant
● Feeding intolerance in the preterm infant
● Increasing underrepresented minorities in nursing

Awards and Honors

  • 2008 || Nurse Educator of Tomorrow Scholarship
  • 2004 || T32 Fellowship (Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness), UNC School of Nursing
  • 2002 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau (Gamma Zeta & Pi Sigma Chapters)

Areas of Expertise

  • Neonatal Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26002859 Carter, B. M. and Howard, C. A 6th Vital Sign--Potential Use of Nasogastric Tube for Intra-abdominal Pressure Monitoring Method to Detect Feeding Intolerance in Very Low Birth-Weight Preterm Infants (<1500 g). Adv Neonatal Care. June, 2015 15(3); 176-81
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25839948 Carter, B. M. and Powell, D. L. and Derouin, A. L. and Cusatis, J. Beginning with the end in mind: cultivating minority nurse leaders. J Prof Nurs. March-April, 2015 31(2); 95-103
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24589902 Carter, B. M. Nursing assessment of guaiac-positive and occult blood in preterm infant stools. Neonatal Netw. March/April, 2014 33(2); 101-5
  • 2013 -- Carter, B. M. and Holditch-Davis, D. and Tanaka, D. and Schwartz, T. A. The Relationship Between Black Race, Maternal Infection and NEC in the Preterm Infant Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews. December, 2013 13(4); 166-170
  • 2012 -- Carter, B. M. Feeding intolerance in preterm infants and standard of care guidelines for nursing assessments. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews. December, 2012 12(4); 187-201
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22282155 Carter, B. M. and Holditch-Davis, D. and Tanaka, D. and Schwartz, T. A. Relationship of neonatal treatments with the development of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants. Nurs Res. March, 2012 61(2); 96-102
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 21531964 Gilliss, C. L. and Powell, D. L. and Carter, B. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce in nursing: from evidence to best practices to policy. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. November, 2010 11(4); 294-301
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18827518 Carter, B. M. and Holditch-Davis, D. Risk factors for necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants: how race, gender, and health status contribute. Adv Neonatal Care. October, 2008 8(5); 285-90 PMC2677063
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17594416 Carter, B. M. Treatment outcomes of necrotizing enterocolitis for preterm infants. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. August, 2007 36(4); 377-84; quiz 385
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16749371 Carter, B. M. Nursing care of the premature infant with severe combined immunodeficiency disease. Neonatal Netw. August, 2006 25(3); 167-74

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program

    Health Resources and Service Administration
    07/2013 to 06/2016
    Role: Project Director

    Project goals: The Health Equity Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and Leadership Development (The Health Equity Academy/HEA) is designed to increase the preparation of high-achieving/high-potential (HA/HP) URMs from economically disadvantaged backgrounds for practice and leadership as nurses committed to reducing health disparities by managing and addressing SDH. The program is also designed to strengthen the integration of a focus on SDH, health access, health disparities, and health equity throughout the Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, so that the all Duke ABSN graduates will be prepared to address the needs of an increasingly diverse society.

  • Intra-abdominal Pressure in Preterm Infants <1500 grams during Enteral Feedings

    American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
    02/2012 to 03/2014
    Role: PI

    Project goals: Monitor intra-abdominal pressure in very low birth weight preterm infants with the aim of identifying early symptoms of feeding intolerance. The findings could help healthcare providers better adjust feeding volumes, resulting in more rapid postnatal growth, thereby reducing the length of hospital stay and hospital costs.

  • Making a Difference in Nursing II

    Health Resources and Service Administration
    07/2010 to 06/2013
    Role: Team member
  • Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

    National Institute of Nursing Research
    T32 NR07091
    07/2004 to 07/2007
    Role: T32 Fellow

    School of Nursing, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing T32 Fellowship

Friday, April 14, 2017

​Brigit Carter was one of 11 featured speakers for the TEDxDuke 2017: Uncharted Waters at the Reynolds Industries Theater. Carter spoke at the event about institutional inequity and creating spaces for diversity in nursing.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is holding its annual Nursing Reunion Weekend April 6-7 with more than 100 alumni representing years ending in 2 and 7 along with the Half Century Club, faculty, staff and students expected to attend.

During the Alumni Luncheon Celebration, our distinguished alumni, faculty and friends will be recognized and awarded for their significant contributions to the School and the nursing community at large. This year’s award recipients are:

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Thursday, March 23, 2017

​Brigit Carter was recently invited to speak at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Conference on "Leading Across Differences: Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing Education... Focusing on Promising Practices."

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Brigit Carter is a one of 11 featured speakers for the TEDxDuke 2017: Uncharted Waters on March 4 at 12 p.m. at the Reynolds Industries Theater. Carter will be speaking at the event about institutional inequity and creating spaces for diversity in nursing.

Cost: Duke Students - free; faculty/non-duke students - $10; and general admission - $15

Get your tickets here!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Brigit Carter is one of 15 multidisciplinary leaders selected for the George Washington University Leaders for Health Equity (LHE) Fellowship program. The purpose of the program is to develop global leaders who understand the drivers of inequity in populations within the United States and globally, and have the knowledge, skills, and courage to build more equitable health systems and organizations.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Marilyn Hockenberry, Cheryl Rodgers, Sharron Docherty, Debra Brandon and Brigit Carter contributed to the 10th edition of Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing textbook. Hockenberry served as the senior editor, a role she's had since the sixth edition. Rodgers also served as an editor. Docherty and Brandon contributed to the textbook and Carter was a reviewer for the book.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) recently held its first Arnold P. Gold Foundation-American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Gold-AACN) White Coat Ceremony with more than 70 accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) students to celebrate Commitment to Excellence.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

For decades Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) has been committed to investing resources in recruiting and graduating nurses from diverse populations in an effort to help build a nursing workforce that reflects society.

Friday, May 13, 2016

PhD student Mariam Kayle co-authored an article entitled "Evaluation of a Sickle Cell Disease Educational Website for Emergency Providers" in the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. Co-authors included faculty members Jill Brennan-Cook, Brigit Carter, Anne Derouin, Susan Silva, and Paula Tanabe.

Monday, March 14, 2016

By: Angela Spivey

COURTNEY RAMSEY, BSN’15, became seriously interested in nursing after her grandmother broke her hip. “The nurses in the hospital were fabulous,” she says. “They made sure she was comfortable and paid attention to her needs as a person. It was great to see how involved nurses are with patients. They are true collaborators in each patient’s care.”