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Barbara Swope Turner

Elizabeth Hanes Distinguished Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing
Box 3322 Med Ctr, Durham, NC
School of Nursing, Room 3116, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Barbara S. Turner is Elizabeth P. Hanes Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Health of Women, Children, and Families Division of the Duke University School of Nursing. She earned graduate degrees in hospital administration and perinatal nursing prior to receiving her PhD from the University of California at San Francisco. Following her retirement from the Army Nurse Corps, she established the Center for Nursing Research at Duke and held the position of Associate Dean for Research for 13 years.

Dr. Turner’s research interests focus on the effect of nursing intervention on critically ill newborns, including exogenous surfactant administration, endotracheal suctioning, high frequency ventilators and airway management. She has published widely in journals, books, monographs and computer-assisted instruction. Dr. Turner serves as a Section Editor in Heart & Lung in addition to being a reviewer for other nursing journals. She is active professionally in the American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Elizabeth Hanes Distinguished Professor of Nursing · 2011 - Present School of Nursing
Professor in the School of Nursing · 2002 - Present School of Nursing
Division Chair, Women and Children · 2015 - Present School of Nursing

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, San Francisco · 1984 Ph.D.