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

Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
(919) 668-5103
3077A 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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 DUSON cohort of Teaching for Equity Fellows Health Professions Educators: Nancy Crego, Valerie Sabol, Brigit Carter, Jennie De Gagne, Midge Bowers, Michelle Hartman, Jill Brennan-Cook, Sharron Rushton, Jen Graf-Perkins and Lisa Lewis!

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: 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) recently announced the appointment of Brigit Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN, as its first Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (ADDI).

The role of Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion was created to strengthen and enhance the diverse community. DUSON’s core values actively promote diversity, inclusion and the valuing of differences that exist in the community.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Clinical Nurse Educator ​Danett Cantey recently presented a poster presentation entitled: "Student-Developed Simulations: Enhancing Understanding of Cultural Awareness and Social Determinants of Health (SDH)" at the Center for Life Long Learning at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Co-authors of the poster include: Margie Molloy, Michael Cary, Brigit Carter and Schenita Randolph. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Brigit Carter was recently honored at the Blue Ribbons Awards Recognition Luncheon at the Doris Duke Center, Sarah P. Duke Gardens. She recently won the Duke University Blue Ribbon Diversity Award, one of Duke’s highest employee honors for faculty and staff who consistently demonstrate respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view. Pictured are: Dean Broome, Brigit Carter and President Price.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Anne Derouin and Brigit Carter recently published an article entitled "Substance Use Education in Schools of Nursing: A Systematic Review of Literature" in the Nurse Educator. Co-authors include experts from Duke University, Illinois State University, the University of Maryland, Boston College, Washington State University, and the University of Central Arkansas.

Friday, May 12, 2017

​Danett Cantey published her first manuscript, titled "Student-developed simulations: Enhancing cultural awareness and understanding social determinants of health" in the April 2017 issue of Journal of Nursing Education. Co-authors include Schenita Randolph, Margie Molloy, Brigit Carter and Michael Cary.

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."