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

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)
Representative Publications
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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
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