Elizabeth “Beth” Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN, joined Duke University School of Nursing as Executive Vice-Dean, effective July 1, 2012. As the School’s first Executive Vice-Dean, Dr. Merwin will provide senior leadership to the School’s academic and research enterprises and direct the integration of the operational activities of these areas. "Dr. Merwin is an accomplished nursing and health services researcher whose work has focused on improving care for underserved and rural populations," said Dean Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Nursing and vice chancellor for nursing affairs. "Dr. Merwin is nationally recognized for innovative academic initiatives and has built a distinguished administrative career both in academia and in healthcare delivery systems. Her leadership and experiences with interdisciplinary teams at the school and university levels will serve the School of Nursing well."
Dr. Merwin previously served as the Madge M. Jones Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing, and the former specialty coordinator for the UVA School of Nursing's Health Systems Management (HSM) concentration and the nursing component of the HSM/MBA program.
Dr. Merwin is a member of the Healthcare Systems & Value Research study section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1994 and in 2008 received the Distinguished Professor Award from the UVA School of Nursing.
Dr. Merwin earned a PhD in health services organization and research in 1988 and an MS in nursing in 1979, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a BS in nursing from Radford College in 1976.
Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 800 individuals enrolled for Spring 2012 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.