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Lisa J. Day, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor
(919) 684-9541
2119 Pearson Building

Lisa Day, PhD, RN, CNE, is an Assistant Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing. Before coming to DUSON, was a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Neuroscience and Critical Care at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center. Dr. Day graduated from Long Beach City College in California with an Associate Degree in nursing in 1984. She has worked as a nurse in a post-anesthesia recovery room, a medical cardiac critical care unit, and a neuroscience critical care unit. She completed her BSN, MS (Critical Care CNS), and PhD at the University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing. Her dissertation research (with Patricia Benner) focused on the nursing care of brain-injured patients identified as potential organ donors. Dr. Day has a passion for teaching second-degree students. Her teaching in the DUSON ABSN program is informed by eight years of experience teaching pre-licensure nursing in a Master’s Entry program and a strong interest in developing support systems for new graduates transitioning into nursing practice.

Dr. Day is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Association for Bioethics and Humanities, American Association of Neuroscience Nursing, North Carolina Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau. She reviews manuscripts for Critical Care Nurse and the American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) , and has authored the AJCC “Current Controversies” ethics column since 2005. Dr. Day was an invited speaker and consultant for the Helene Fuld Health Trust-funded project Evaluating the Outcomes of Accelerated Nursing Education (held at DUSON in 2007), and was an invited participant in the 2008 National League for Nursing Think Tank on Transforming Clinical Nursing Education. Dr. Day is an evaluation consultant for the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education and was a consultant on clinical teaching strategies for the first phase of the Robert Wood Johnson-funded project Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN). Dr. Day also served as a consultant on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s National Study of Nursing Education (Patricia Benner, director), and is one of the co-authors of the landmark publication ”Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation” reporting the results of that study.

Academic Program Affiliations

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


  • PhD - University of California, San Francisco
  • MS - University of California, San Francisco
  • BSN - University of California, San Francisco

Research Interests

Research interests include:
● Nursing education and practice
● Moral development and professional formation of nursing students and nurses
● Transition to practice of new-graduate RNs and new-graduate advanced practice nurses
● Acute and critical care of adults
● Neuroscience
● Quality and safety of care

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 || Outstanding ABSN Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2012 || Mary Killeen Visiting Scholar for Educational Excellence, Arizona State University
  • 2008 || Invited Participant, Think Tank on Transforming Clinical Nursing Education, National League for Nursing
  • 2005 || Invited Participant, National Conference on Donation after Cardiac Death, United Network for Organ Sharing
  • 2001 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Eta Chapter

Areas of Expertise

  • Acute / Critical Care
  • Adult Health
  • Nursing Education
  • Quality of Care / Patient Safety

Areas of Interest

Interpretive Phenomenology

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Vogelsmeier, A. and McConnell, E. S. and Day, L. and Kennerly, S. and Mueller, C. and Flanagan, J. T. and Hawkins, K. and Anderson, R. A. Perceptions of nursing practice: capacity for high-quality nursing home care Journal of Nursing Regulation. October, 2015 6(3); 17-24
  • 2015 -- Day, L. J. and Benner, P. The hidden curriculum in nursing education In The Hidden Curriculum in Health Professional Education edited by Hafferty, F. W. and O'Donnell, J. F. and Baldwin, D. C. Jr.. January, 2015; : Dartmouth College. January, 2015
  • 2014 -- Day, L. and Turner, K. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and McConnell, E. S. and Corazzini, K. N. Teaching Delegation to RN Students. Journal of Nursing Regulation 5(2), 10-15. July, 2014
  • 2014 -- Buhr, G. T. and Konrad, T. and Pinheiro, S. and Pruitt, J. and Poer, C. and Shock, L. and Yanamadala, M. and Bailey, D. and White, H. K. and Devarayasamudram, S. and Day, L. and Aselage, M. and Egerton, E. O. and Matters, L. and McConnell, E. and Heflin, M. T. An interprofessional education collaborative (IPEC) competency-focused workshop to enhance team performance. Journal of the American Medical Directors. January, 2014 15(3); B10–B11
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 25383063 Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. and Day, L. and McConnell, E. S. and Mueller, C. and McKinney, S. H. When a situation is "not black or white": Using adaptive leadership to address complex challenges in nursing home care. Director. Fall, 2013 21(4); 34-37 PMC4220552
  • 2013 -- McConnell, E. S. and Matters, L. and Bunn, M. and Egerton, E. and Welch, A. and Summner, T. and Devarayshamudram, S. and Mitchell, M. and Carthron, D. and Day, L. and Corazzini, K. Creating a "world without woe" for people who have dementia: A Grand Challenge approach. The Director. Summer, 2013 21(3); 22-26
  • 2013 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and Hunt-McKinney, S. and Day, L. and Porter, K. Understanding RN and LPN patterns of practice in nursing homes. Journal of Nursing Regulation. April, 2013 4(1); 14-18
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23445182 Corazzini, K. N. and Mueller, C. and Anderson, R. A. and Day, L. and Hunt-McKinney, S. and Porter, K. Pain medication management in nursing homes and nursing scope of practice. J Gerontol Nurs. April, 2013 39(4); 40-6
  • 2013 -- Day, L. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and Hunt-McKinney, S. and Porter K. and Corazzini, K. N. Data collection and assessment in nursing homes: Practice, regulation, and education. The Director. Winter/Spring, 2013 21(1/2); 29-33
  • 2013 -- Day, L. and Sutphen, M. and Lombardi, M. M. Chapter 1: Educating nurses. In Distance Education in Nursing edited by Frith, K. H. and Clark, D. C.. 2013; : Springer Publishing. 2013


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Gastric versus duodenal feeding in patients with neurologic disease

    UCSF-Stanford Collaborative Clinical Research Initiative
    07/1997 to 06/2000
    Role: Principal Investigator
Friday, April 29, 2016

Marilyn Lombardi, Margaret "Peggy" Bush, Remi Hueckel, Susan Silva, and Sophia Smith were recently featured in an article entitled "Nursing professors create mobile health tools to improve nursing curricula, improve care" on

Friday, October 16, 2015

DUSON and its faculty, students and staff were very visible throughout the National League for Nursing (NLN) annual Education Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada this month. Here are the highlights: 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The new ABSN cohort participated in Project Homeless Connect this year for part of their N391 class and they were featured in the local Durham Voice newspaper.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lisa Day is featured on the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation's blog "Grantee Voices" in a post about teaching professional values. Day is a Macy Faculty Scholar, and this Q&A post talks about her Macy-funded work.

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has selected Lisa Day, PhD, RN, CNRN, CNE, as a 2013 Macy Faculty Scholar. Dr. Day, an assistant professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, will devote her two-year fellowship to advancing inter-professional education by designing a course on professional values, including standards of compassion, empathy and service for nursing and medical students. The Macy Faculty Scholars program, initiated in 2010, is designed to identify and nurture the careers of educational innovators in medicine and nursing.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Drs. Janet Prvu Bettger and Frank Titch have been selected as DUSON Teaching Fellows for 2013-2014. The Teaching Fellowship program at DUSON recognizes the importance of teaching, advances the pedagogical expertise of faculty, and provides opportunities for select faculty to continually develop that expertise in ways that will have a significant impact on the practice and science of nursing education.

A cadre of Duke faculty presented at the 38th National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Annual Meeting themed "Revolutionary Ideas and Nurse Practitioner Education" April 12–15 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Associate Professor Valerie Sabol gave a podium presentation entitled "Incorporating Obesity Education into Adult Primary and Acute Care NP Programs" during the Curriculum Topics concurrent session.

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) will host the 2011 Clinical Instructor Intensive August 12-13 in the Christine Siegler Pearson Building at Duke University. The two-day intensive organized by the Institute for Educational Excellence will cover clinical teaching strategies for developing and strengthening clinical education for pre-licensure nursing students.