Beth Phillips

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing
  • Duke University School of Nursing
Duke AHEAD role:
  • Member
(919) 684-9376

Dr. Beth Phillips 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 medical-surgical nursing, including ICU staff nursing and supervision.

Dr. Phillips is a member of the ABSN Elected Program Committee, the ABSN Curriculum Committee, and the FGA-EC. Beth currently serves as the Interim Director of DUSON's Institute for Educational Excellence (IEE).  The IEE is the educational hub for faculty and staff development and new faculty orientation and on-boarding.  

Dr. Phillips is a member of the National League of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of 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.

Duke Ahead Involvement

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Beth Cusatis Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Beth Cusatis Phillips is an associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing and is the Interim Director of the Institute for Educational Excellence.  Beth teaches in the ABSN and MSN programs.  She has extensive experience in medical-surgical and surgical-trauma ICU nursing and nursing education.  Phillips received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her MSN from Duke, her BSN from East Carolina University, and her ADN from Waukesha County Technical Institute.  Beth’s research focus is on undergraduate nursing students and their clinical decision making abilities.  Beth is also interested in innovative teaching and learning strategies for nursing students and clinical instructor and faculty development and preparation.  

Why did you join Duke AHEAD?

As I said above, I have a strong desire to collaborate with others from the various health disciplines.  Our students need to learn ways to work together better so the more we learn, know, and demonstrate ways we can work together, the better chance our students will have to make and keep strong connections with other health care professionals. 

What do you hope to get out of Duke AHEAD?

I value the opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other health disciplines.  Duke AHEAD provides avenues to do just that. 

What can Duke AHEAD do for you?

Continue to keep me/us informed of opportunities to meet, collaborate with, and develop new opportunities with interprofessional colleagues.


October 8, 2018 - 12:05 pm

At this year’s 5th annual Education Day, the 2018 Duke AHEAD grant recipients were announced. This year 5 projects were funded totaling $36,350. See below for project descriptions and investigators and collaborators.

Related Events

November 8, 2018 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
DUSON room 1009
May 17, 2018 - 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
024 Bostock Library

Other Professional Activity


Education and Training

  • M.S.N., Duke University (1993)

Selected Grants