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Queen Utley-Smith, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Associate Professor Emerita

  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Utley-Smith, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing served as MSN Program Chair from from 2008-2011. She earned her BSN at North Carolina Central University, her MSN at the University of Connecticut, and her doctorate in Health Occupations Education at North Carolina State University. In a career spanning more than 30 years, she has worked as a staff nurse, a charge nurse, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in wellness care of older adults, and an educator of traditional undergraduate students, RN-to-BSN students, accelerated BSN students, and graduate students.

    Before joining the Duke University School of Nursing faculty in 2002, she implemented a number of educational innovations including: developing a clinical education site in an environmentally at-risk minority community and a clinical practicum site for graduate students in a nurse-managed clinic; developing and launching online courses on aging and women’s health; and initiating and coordinated two RN-to-BSN distance education programs involving partnerships of medical centers and community colleges.

    Dr. Utley-Smith's research interests include healthcare workforce competencies; staff-family interactions in long-term care, health promotion and aging; and utilizing technology and distance learning strategies in classroom and clinical practice to improve learning outcomes.

    Academic Program Affiliations

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


    EdDNorth Carolina State University
    MSUniversity of Connecticut
    BSNNorth Carolina Central University

    Research Interests

    Dr. Utley-Smith has centered her research efforts in two areas; 1) healthcare workforce competency and 2) health promotion and aging. She is concerned with matching the competencies of nurse graduates with the expectations of employers in various work settings-hospitals, home health and long-term care. Her research in this area indicates the demand for new nurse graduates who possess expanded competencies in the area of "people skills" (i.e., interpersonal communication, teamwork, supervision, and patient teaching). Dr. Utley-Smith is also investigating interaction patterns of staff and families in nursing homes and the impact of these interactions on staff time management, quality of care, and patient safety.