Beth Ann Swan

Beth Ann Swan

Professor, clinical track, Associate Dean and Vice President for Academic Practice Partnerships | PhD, RN, FAAN


Dr. Beth Ann Swan is a Professor, clinical track, and Associate Dean and Vice President for Academic Practice Partnerships at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory 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 ambulatory and primary care, 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.  As a volunteer leader with AAACN, 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.   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 ambulatory and primary care, innovations for education and practice, and health care policy. Her family’s story was published in the November 2012 issue of Health Affairs’ Narrative Matters Feature, A Nurse Learns Firsthand That You May Fend For Yourself After A Hospital Stay and was a call to action to become a voice advocating on behalf of individuals and families.

Areas of Expertise

Public Health/Public Health Nursing

Teaching & Learning


Vulnerable Populations


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