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Beth Cusatis Phillips

Associate Clinical Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
School of Nursing, Box 3022, Durham, NC 27710
School of Nursing, 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Beth Phillips is an Associate Professor Emeritus and the former Director of the Institute for Educational Excellence at Duke University School of Nursing. Currently, Beth is the Strategic Nursing Advisor for ATI/ Ascend Learning.  

Beth earned her ADN from Waukesha Technical Community College (Wi), her BSN from East Carolina University, her MSN at Duke, and her PhD in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before joining the Duke School of Nursing faculty, she served as Director of Nursing at Vance-Granville Community College. She also has extensive experience in surgical trauma ICU and medical-surgical nursing, including staff nursing and administration.

Dr. Phillips is a member of the National League of Nursing and serves as the Chair for the CNEA Standards Committee, a CNEA site visitor, as well as a Center of Excellence (COE) Advisor.  Beth is also active with Sigma Theta Tau International.  Beth is an inaugural member of the Advisory Council of the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing.   Beth's research interests include student development and preparation for practice, faculty and clinical instructor preparation and competence, and evidence-based nursing curriculum, education, and evaluation.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Clinical Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing · 2021 - Present School of Nursing

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee · 2015 Ph.D.
Duke University · 1993 M.S.N.