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Barbara S. Turner
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Barbara S. Turner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Elizabeth P. Hanes Professor of Nursing

Chair, Health of Women, Children, & Families Division

  • Brief Bio

    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.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
    PhD in Nursing Program
    Master of Science in Nursing Program


    PhDUniversity of California - San Francisco
    MAWebster College
    MSUniversity of Colorado
    BSNUniversity of Bridgeport

    Research Interests

    The initiation of and maintenance of respiration in prematurely born infants is of paramount importance for survival. My research interests are in three related domains that seek to further clarify and understand the interrelatedness of respiratory physiology, histology and anatomy in this critically ill population.
    Specifically, my research relates to:
    ● 1. Establishing and maintaining patency of the artificial airway, the interaction of the artificial airway and the mucociliary elevator, and non-invasive assessment of airway position.
    ● 2. The effect of mechanical aspiration of the airway on physiologic parameters, particularly oxygenation and intracranial pressure, and on trauma to the airway both acute and chronic.
    ● 3. The role of exogenous surfactants on lung function, to include types of surfactants and methods of administration.