Benjamin Smallheer, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNE

Vice President for Outreach

Benjamin earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Florida State University in 1998, and his Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2004. In 2011, Benjamin successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Learned Helplessness and Depressive Symptoms in Patients Following Acute Myocardial Infarction” and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt University. Additionally, he completed a post-masters certificate in Family Practice in 2016 and carries a dual ACNP-BC/FNP-BC certification. He currently holds a full-time faculty appointment at Duke University School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor and the Lead Faculty for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

Clinically, Benjamin practices as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner on the Critical Care Medicine team at Duke Raleigh Hospital in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. This facility is a community-based facility within the Duke Health System.

Benjamin has been recognized for his creativity and innovative use of simulation and technology in the learning environment. He continues to engage in the use of alternative teaching strategies as a means of engaging adult learners and delivering high-quality instruction in a distance-based curriculum which meet the learning needs of the diverse population of adult learners seeking graduate education.

Benjamin Smallheer