Beth Ann Swan

Beth Ann Swan

Professor, clinical track, Associate Dean and Vice President for Academic Practice Partnerships and Interim Assistant Dean for Pre-Licensure Programs | PhD, RN, FAAN


Dr. Beth Ann Swan is Professor, Clinical Track, Associate Dean and Vice President for Academic Practice Partnerships, and 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. 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 healthcare delivery models on outcomes of care. Throughout her career, Dr. Swan hasbeen 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 2012Health 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
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Phan, Q., Geller, D., Broughton, A., Swan, B.A., & Wells, J.(in press). Evaluating a low-cost disaster preparedness simulation for prelicensure nursing students. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

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

Swan, B.A. (2021). Assessing the knowledge and attitudes of registered nursesabout 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 andattitudes of social determinants of health after a health equity simulation. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 17(1). Published online December17, 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. (in press). Redesigning nursing education to build healthier communities: An innovative cross sector collaboration. Nursing Education Perspectives, September/October.

Geller, D. & Swan, B.A. (in press). Recent evidence of nurse practitioner outcomes in a variety of care settings. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Aungst, L. & Swan, B.A. (2020). Examining oral health education for non-dental providers. The Journal
for Nurse Practitioners. June. Available online ahead of print.

Swan, B.A., Haas, S., & Jessie, A. (2019). Care coordination: The roles for registered nurses across the care
continuum. Nursing Economic$, 37(6), 317-323.

Bonzanto, T., Swan, B.A., & Gaughan, J. (2019). Examining the capacity of registered nurses to deliver
culturally competent healthcare to veterans and their families. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 34(4), 356-363.

Haas, S., Conway-Phillips, R., Swan, B.A., De La Pena, L., Start, R., & Brown, D. (2019). Developing a
business case for the care coordination and transition management model: Need, methods, measures. Nursing Economic$, 37(3), 118-125.

Swan, B.A., Conway-Phillips, R., Haas, S., & De La Pena, L. (2019). Optimizing strategies for care
coordination and transition management: Recommendations for nursing education. Nursing Economic$, 37(2), 77-85.

Haas, S. & Swan, B.A. (2019). The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing’s invitational summit on care coordination and transition management: An overview. Nursing Economic$, 37(1), 54-59.

Quattrini, V. & Swan, B.A. (2019). Evaluating triage practices in emergency department fast tracks.
International Journal of Nursing and Health Care Research, 2 (2), 1-6.

Bouchaud, M., Brooks, M., & Swan, B.A. (2018). A retrospective analysis of BSN students’ clinical experience in an all-male maximum security prison. Nurse Educator, 43(4), 210-214.

Shaffer, K., Swan, B.A., & Bouchaud, M. (2018). Designing a new model for clinical education: An innovative approach. Nurse Educator, 43(3), 145-148.

Bouchaud, M., Brown, D., & Swan, B.A. (2017). Creating a new education paradigm to prepare nurses for the 21st century. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(10), 27-35.

Jessie, A.T & Swan, B.A. (2017). Leveraging national reports to transform ambulatory care practice. Nursing Economic$, 35(2), 96-99.

Scherzer, R., Dennis, M., Swan, B.A., Kavuru, M. & Oxman, D. (2017). A comparison of usage and outcomes between nurse practitioner and resident-staffed medical ICUs. Critical Care Medicine, 45(2), e132-e137.

Bouchaud, M., Swan, B.A., Gerolamo, A., Black, K., Alexander, K., Bellot, J. et al. (2016). Accelerating design and transforming baccalaureate nursing education to foster a culture of health. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(11), 97-103.

Swan, B.A. & McGinley, M.A. (2016). Nurse-patient communication: A catalyst for improvement. Nursing Management, 47(6), 26-28.

Bouchaud, M. & Swan, B.A. (2016). Integrating correctional and community health care: An innovative approach for clinical learning in a baccalaureate nursing program. Nursing Forum, April.

Giroir, B., Wilensky, G., Armstrong, K., Barksdale, D., Blanck, R., Burke, W., Cassel, C., Chiarelli, P., Halvorson, G., Mallett, R., Margolis, R., Poste, G., Robbins, R., Smith, M.,

Steele, G., & Swan, B.A. (2015). Reforming the Veterans Health Administration: Beyond palliation of symptoms (Perspectives). New England Journal of Medicine, 373, 1693-1695.

Fortier, M., Fountain, D., Vargas, M., Heelan-Fancher, L., Perron, T., Hinic, K., & Swan, B.A. (2015). Health care in the community: Developing academic/practice partnerships for care coordination and managing transitions. Nursing Economic$, 33(3), 167-175, 181.




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