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Benjamin A. Smallheer

Benjamin Smallheer, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNE, is the Lead Faculty of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care program at Duke University School of Nursing. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University, his Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt University, and his Post Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from Tennessee State University.

He is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and maintains an active clinical practice at Duke Raleigh Hospital as a member of the critical care medicine team. Throughout his career, he has practiced in high acuity ICU, long-term acute care, and the emergency department, and was the lead responder of a nurse practitioner-driven Rapid Response Team.

Dr. Smallheer is engaged in advancing the academic setting for nursing students. He has spoken both nationally and internationally on the use of simulation, alternative teaching strategies, and technology to create a civil and equitable learning environment for all.

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