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Elaine D. Kauschinger, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor
(919) 684-9381
1014 Clipp Research Building

Dr. Elaine Kauschinger, who joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2013, earned a PhD in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies with concentrations in nursing, sociology and epidemiology at the University of Miami. Her doctoral research focused on women in a residential substance abuse research facility. She holds a Master of Science degree (family nurse practitioner track) from Pace University/New York Medical College, and a BS in psychology from Manhattan College. In addition, she has earned diplomas from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexican Studies and in Advanced Studies-Spanish Language.

She been a family nurse practitioner since 1980 and a nurse educator since 1996. Before coming to Duke, she served for almost a decade as Lead Faculty in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and Assistant Professor of Clinical in the highly ranked primary care program at the University of Miami. Her diverse experience in teaching includes undergraduate courses, clinical and non-clinical courses at the Master’s level, DNP-level courses, and serving as advisor to ARNPs, educators, and administrators completing their DNP Capstone projects and practicum.

Dr. Kauschinger is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a family nurse practitioner. Her clinical experience includes family practice, emergency departments, prenatal case management, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, student health centers, retail health, and occupational health at a nuclear power plant in the Everglades. From 1986 to 1996, she lived and worked in Mexico City, Mexico. In addition to her private clinical practice serving the expatriate and local community, she provided healthcare and education services in association with the U.S. and other embassies, multinational corporations, schools, and hospitals, and collaborated with WHO and the Mexican government on projects addressing the needs of rural populations. Most recently, she was a forensic hospitalist providing acute, urgent and chronic healthcare to an adolescent and adult population with severe chronic psychiatric disorders in a 238-bed hospital setting.

She has consulted for several organizations, including the US Department of Health and Human Services HIV/AIDS Bureau, and has been a grant reviewer for the Florida Department of Education. She received the Nurse of the Year Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care/Metro Miami Dade Chapter, and has also served as the chapter president. More recently she has been Governance Committee Chair for the Beta Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Kauschinger is also active in the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and for the past two years has been a co-recipient of the NONPF Honor Roll Award for excellence of program and faculty.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • PhD - University of Miami, School of Graduate Studies
  • MS - Pace University/New York Medical College
  • BS (Psychology) - Manhattan College

Awards and Honors

  • 2014 || Listed as one of Top 25 Nurse Practitioner Program Professors in the United States., Nurse Practitioner Schools - Sechel Ventures
  • 2012 || Co-recipient, 2012-13 Honor Roll Award for excellence of program and faculty, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
  • 2012 || Service Recognition Award, Minute Clinic
  • 2011 || Co-recipient, 2011-12 Honor Roll Award for excellence of program and faculty, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
  • 2006 || Certificate of Recognition for service as President of Metro Miami Dade Chapter, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
  • 2002 || Nurse of the Year, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Metro Miami Chapter
  • 2001 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2000 || Special Honoree, Agape Women's Center (Florida)

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Health

Representative Publications

  • 2012 -- Kauschinger, E. D. and Trybulski, J. Routine screening and immunization. In Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice edited by Buttaro, T. M., Trybulski, J., Bailey, P. P., & Sandberg-Cook, J.. May, 2012; pp. 142-158. : Elsevier Mosby. May, 2012 142-158
  • 2012 -- Kauschinger, E. D. HIV/AIDS (online CEU module) 2012
  • 2012 -- Kauschinger, E. D. HIV/AIDS Update Advance for Nurses. 2012
  • 2011 -- Kauschinger, E. D. HIV/AIDS (online CEU module) 2011
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18048802 Brown, D. R. and Hernández, A. and Saint-Jean, G. and Evans, S. and Tafari, I. and Brewster, L. G. and Celestin, M. J. and Gómez-Estefan, C. and Regalado, F. and Akal, S. and Nierenberg, B. and Kauschinger, E. D. and Schwartz, R. and Page, J. B. A participatory action research pilot study of urban health disparities using rapid assessment response and evaluation. Am J Public Health. January, 2008 98(1); 28-38
Monday, October 9, 2017

DNP alumna Sara Hubbell, and Elaine Kauschinger and Marilyn Oermann recently published an article entitled "Development and Implementation of an Educational Module to Increase Nurses' Comfort With Spiritual Care in an Inpatient Setting" in the Journal of Continuing Education. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Elaine Kauschinger was one of several faculty who recently traveled to Dublin, Ireland for the 28th International Nursing Research Congress sponsored by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She presented on "Implementation & Evaluation of Cloud-based, Virtual Patient Case-based Simulation."

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Elaine Kauschinger, Iris Padilla, Kathryn Kreider and Liz Rende recently presented at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty 43rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Kauschinger presented on "eMentor Project: An informational, semi-structured online intercollegiate mentorship experience."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Elaine Kauschinger is the contributing author to the second printing of the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Review book. Her section is entitled "Head, ears, eyes, note and throat (HEENT).

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Elaine Kauschinger presented two posters at the AACN Master's Education Conference and CNL Summit held in Atlanta, Georgia. The title of her posters were "Virtual Patient Simulation: Implementation & Pilot Evaluation of a Cloud-Based, Interactive, Case-Based Learning Platform for Online MSN Courses" and "eMentor: An informal, semi-structured online intercollegiate mentorship experience."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Elaine Kauschinger was recently appointed an an onsite evaluator for the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). She was appointed to the role because of her demonstrated expertise and knowledge regarding nursing education, higher education, and nursing practice.