Preparing Nursing Faculty to be Inclusive and Welcoming of Diverse Learners

Preparing Nursing Faculty to be Inclusive and Welcoming of Diverse Learners

Welcoming diverse learners into the nursing profession is essential to meet the healthcare needs of the population. Yet, schools of nursing often fall short in the admissions, progression, and completion of diverse students. In order to be welcoming of all qualified students and reflect the society in which we work in, nurses should be more like the clients they care for. Welcoming diversity of thought, culture, race, gender, age, and ability will be explored. Strategies for preparing and developing faculty members to be inclusive and encouraging of differences will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to: Describe a brief ROL of diverse learners in nursing and other health disciplines
  • Understand the importance of inclusive environments for diverse students
  • Explore strategies to encourage inclusive educational environments for diverse students


Beth C. Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE

Beth Cusatis Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Institute for Educational Excellence at Duke University School of Nursing. Beth has taught at the community college and university levels since 1996. Beth currently teaches in the Accelerated BSN Program and the Master’s of Nursing in Education Program. Her teaching content areas are Foundations, Health Assessment, Adult Health, and Clinical Education. Her focus areas when not teaching are faculty development, clinical instruction, preparing novice educators, teaching strategies that improve nursing education, and professional identity formation in nurses. Beth is active on Curriculum Committees in the schools of nursing and medicine. She serves as the Chair of the CNEA Standards Committee for the National League for Nurses. Beth enjoys presenting internationally and values collaboration with other educators in nursing and other health professions.