Beth Ann Swan

Beth Ann Swan

Professor, clinical track, Associate Dean for Education


Dr. Beth Ann Swan is Professor, Clinical Track, Associate Dean for Education, the Charles P. and Peggy Evans Endowed Distinguished Professor in Simulation and Innovation at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Co-Director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education and Clinical Practice Office at Emory University. Currently, she is participating in the INACSL’s Research Fellowship. She previously served as Dean of the Jefferson College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Swan is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, past president of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN), and a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. She is nationally and internationally known for her research in health care and nursing. She was an early leader in exploring the impact of changing health care delivery models on outcomes of care. Throughout her career, Dr. Swan has been an advocate for engaging consumers in their health care, promoting quality care coordination and safe care transitions, and creating innovative evidence-based practices to improve care.

As the principal investigator on extramural funded grants, Dr. Swan has provided leadership and mentorship on ground-breaking projects impacting both nursing practice and interprofessional education. With her entrepreneurial mindset and belief in consumer-centered care and engagement, her latest research is focused on leveraging technology and big data to optimize cross setting communications to improve care coordination and transitions of care. She is also working in the simulation and virtual reality space building an interprofessional collaborative education model that leverages virtual reality in support of achieving interprofessional and social determinants of health competencies during transitions of care. Dr. Swan is leading the Atlanta Region Community Health Workforce Advancement (ARCHWAy) Program, a HRSA funded project to expand the public health workforce by training new and existing community health workers.

Dr. Swan was a member of the Veterans Health Administration Choice Act Blue Ribbon Panel and was a member of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Planning Committee for Preparing Registered Nurses for New Roles in Primary Care. Her numerous publications cover a wide range of topics focused on primary and ambulatory care, innovations for education and practice, and health care policy. Dr. Swan developed the major contribution to care coordination and transition management, the national curriculum known as CCTM. She is the co-editor of Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum now in its 2nd Edition, co-edited the book Perspectives in Ambulatory Care Nursing, and co-edited the book Integrating a Social Determinants of Health Framework into Nursing Education. Dr. Swan is the author of the November 2012 Health Affairs' Narrative Matters Feature, A Nurse Learns Firsthand That You May Fend For Yourself After A Hospital Stay.

Areas of Expertise

Public Health Public Health Nursing
Teaching And Learning
Vulnerable Populations


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Swan, B.A. & Giordano, N. (in press). Addressing nursing students’ understanding of health equity and social determinants of health: An innovative teaching-learning strategy. Nursing Education Perspectives.

Swan, B.A. & Giordano, N. (2023). A cross-sectional analysis of a novel virtual reality tool for hotspotting. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 80, 31-34.

Regis, K., Phan, Q., Cadoret, A., Parker, N., & Swan, B.A. (2023). Gaining insight into member demographics and perceptions of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in a professional organization. Nursing Economic$, 41(2), 96-103.

Phan, Q., Geller, D., Broughton, A., Swan, B.A., & Wells, J. (2023). Evaluating a low-cost disaster preparedness simulation for prelicensure nursing students. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 17(e343).

Giordano, N., Swan B.A., Johnson, T., Cimiotti, J., Muirhead, L., Wallace, M. & Mascaro, J. (2023). Scalable and sustainable approaches to address the wellbeing of healthcare personnel. Journal of Advanced Nursing,79(2), e12-e15. . Published online November 25, 2022.

Swan, B.A. (2021). Assessing the knowledge and attitudes of registered nurses about artificial intelligence in nursing and healthcare. Nursing Economic$, 39(3), 139-143.

Phan, Q., Johnson, N., Hillman, J., Geller, D., Kimble, L., & Swan, B.A. (2020). Assessing baccalaureate nursing students’ knowledge and attitudes of social determinants of health after a health equity simulation. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 17(1). Published online December 17, 2020.

Fenwick, K. & Swan, B.A. (2020). Managing dyspnea in individuals with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 22(6), 447-455.

Haas, S., Swan, B.A., & Jessie, A. (2020). The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global nursing workforce. Nursing Economic$, 38(5), 231-237.

Swan, B.A., Haas, S., & Jessie, A. (2020). An exploratory descriptive study on care coordination: A consumer perspective. Nursing Economic$, 38(5), 244-251.

Swan, B.A., Hilden, P., West, N., Chan, G., Shaffer, K., Berg, J., Dickow, M. & Jones, D. (2020). Redesigning nursing education to build healthier communities: An innovative cross sector collaboration.  Nursing Education Perspectives, 41(5), 301-303.




2019, First Place Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation Faculty Development Conference, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

2018, TEDMED Research Scholar2017, President’s Above and Beyond Award, American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing

2016, Chairman’s Excellence Award, Board of Trustees, Thomas Jefferson University

2015, Distinguished Fellowship, National Academies of Practice & Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, Nursing Academy