Kathleen S. Ashton, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Kathleen Ashton joined the Duke University School of Nursing faculty in February 2013, and will be teaching in the ABSN Program adult health courses. She has been a registered nurse for 32 years, and has extensive experience as a provider of care to adult populations in acute care settings. Before coming to DUSON, she was a staff nurse and unit educator in the Duke Hospital Emergency Department, Coordinator of the Duke University Health Services Nursing Residency Program™ at Duke Hospital, and a staff nurse in Duke Hospital Peri-operative Services. She also served as a preceptor for newly licensed nurses and experienced nurses.

Dr. Ashton received a baccalaureate degree in nursing science from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She earned a Master’s degree in nursing education at Duke in 2009, and completed her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in December 2012. Dr. Ashton’s dissertation focused on the adaptation of new registered nurses, and her current research interests include the provision of support to new nurses through evidence-based interventions.

Academic Program Affiliations
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • PhD - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MSN - Duke University School of Nursing
  • BSN - Wilkes College
Research Interests
Research Interests include:
• General interest in the nursing workforce, with specific interest in the experiences of new registered nurses.
• Additional interest in developing middle range theories for use within the Roy Adaptation Model.
Awards and Honors
  • 2015 || Outstanding ABSN Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2013 || Selected Participant, Class of 2013, North Carolina Nurses’ Association Leadership Academy -
  • 2013 || Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award (1st place, clinical category), for for article “Nursing care of patients undergoing isolated limb procedures for recurrent melanoma of the extremity”), American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN)
  • 2011 || Nurse Educator of Tomorrow Scholarship
  • 2010 || Nurse Educator of Tomorrow Scholarship
  • 2007 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International
Areas of Interest
Nursing workforce
Experiences of new registered nurses
Nursing theory
Representative Publications
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22263552 -- Ashton, K. S. Nurse educators and the future of nursing. J Contin Educ Nurs. 43(3); 113-6.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22443922 -- Ashton, K. S. Nursing care of patients undergoing isolated limb procedures for recurrent melanoma of the extremity. J Perianesth Nurs. April, 2012 27(2); 94-109.
  • 2013 -- Ashton, K. S. The Adaptation of New Registered Nurses (doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina-Greensboro) 2013 .
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24802599 -- Ashton, K. and Oermann, M. H. Patient education in home care: strategies for success. Home Healthc Nurse. May, 2014 32(5); 288-94.
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25608091 -- Ashton, K. S. New registered nurses' personal responses to professional practice: a pilot study. J Nurses Prof Dev. Jan-Feb, 2015 31(1); 9-14.
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25805387 -- Ashton, K. S. The orientation period: essential for new registered nurses' adaptation. Nurs Sci Q. April, 2015 28(2); 142-50.
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