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Betty J. Beard


364 Marshall


Ph.D. - University of Michigan
M.S.N. - Wayne State University
B.S.N. - University of Michigan

Teaching Interests

Nursing research
Global health care issues
Teaching in health care systems: instructional strategies and skills; curriculum development and evaluation; teaching practicum (graduate)
Nursing education (doctoral)

Selected Presentations and/or Publications


  • Ferguson, R., Williams, M., & Beard, B. (September/October 2010). Combining quality improvement and staff development efforts to decrease PCA pump errors. Journal of Nursing Staff Development.
  • Beard, B. (January, 2007). Outcomes of community based orphan care programs in Malawi. Journal of Social Development in Africa.
  • Beard, B. (Winter, 2007). Faces of AIDS. Journal of Christian Nursing
  • Nursing Students' Knowledge and Attitudes about HIV/AIDS: U.S. and Malawi. Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Orlando, Florida. November, 2007.
  • Outcomes of Community Based Orphan Care Programs in Malawi. XVI International AIDS Conference. Toronto, Canada. August, 2006.
  • Beard, B. (2006). Prioritized needs of community based orphan care programs in Malawi. International Journal of Child and Family Welfare.

Additional Information

Professional Summary

Dr. Beard has been teaching at EMU since 1976.  She has received awards for teaching and was a senior Fulbright scholar in Malawi.   She has served as a teacher, consultant, and researcher in multiple countries including:  England, China, Botswana, Sweden, and Bangladesh.  For many years, her research involved issues related to HIV/AIDS and, most recently, on orphan care in Malawi.  Currently, her research is focused on questions about nursing faculty – both tenure track and adjunct.

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