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.


Beth C. Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE

Beth is the Strategic Nursing Advisor for Ascend Learning (ATI). She retired in spring, 2021 after almost 16 years at the Duke SON; most recently as Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Educational Excellence. Prior to Duke, Beth spent 9 years at Vance Granville Community College, where she taught and directed the ADN and LPN programs. Prior to teaching, Beth spent 13 years working at UNC Hospitals and Vidant Hospital in medical-surgical and surgical/trauma intensive care. Beth received her ADN from Waukesha County Technical Institute in Wisconsin; her BSN from East Carolina University; her MSN from Duke; and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.