Elizabeth A. Duffy, DNP, RN, CPNP, FAAN

Elizabeth Duffy

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Undergraduate Studies Program
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 4134 NURS2

University of Michigan School of Nursing
426 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2003

Telephone: (734) 764-7879
Fax: (734) 936-4762


  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Pediatric Acute Care
  • Quality Improvement
  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Prevention
  • Evidence-Based Practice

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Duffy is a clinical associate professor and director of the doctor of nursing practice program.  Her areas of expertise include pediatric acute care and pediatric primary care. As a former pediatric oncology nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner, she is focused upon improving patient outcomes for children with cancer through multidisciplinary quality improvement projects. One area of interest is the prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infection through the implementation of evidence-based care bundles. She is the appointed chair of the evidence-based practice subcommittee for Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and is a member of the COG nursing discipline steering committee.  As a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing she serves on the Child, Adolescent, and Family expert panel.  In addition, she is a contributing editor for Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children.


Dr. Duffy is clinical faculty for the Doctor of Nursing Practice residency courses focusing upon project design, implementation,and evaluation. She is co-faculty of record for N371 Infant, Child, and Adolescent Health and Illness. She also is involved in the honors program, incorporating students in her quality improvement work in pediatric acute care at Michigan Medicine.  

Affiliations / Service

  • Chair, Evidence-Based Practice Subcommittee, Children’s Oncology Group, 2019 - 2024
  • Children’s Oncology Group Nursing Steering Committee, Children’s Oncology Group, 2019 - 2024
  • Member, American Nurses Association, 2018
  • Evidence-Based Practice Mentor, Nursing Discipline Group, Children’s Oncology Group, 2014 - 2018
  • Member, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, 2013
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, 1993

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2022
  • Children’s Oncology Group: Nursing Discipline Merit Award: Children’s Oncology Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship, 2020
  • Children’s Oncology Group: Nursing Discipline Merit Award, 2019
  • Cheryl C. Rodgers Excellence in Evidence-based Practice Award: Association of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Nurses, 2019
  • Best Clinical Innovation Award: Michigan Medicine Nursing Poster Day, 2019
  • Evidence-based Practice Fellowship, Children’s Oncology Group, 2018-2019


  • DNP, Duke University, Durham, NC 2014
  • MS, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1999
  • BSN, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1993, Cum Laude

Publication Highlights

  • Browne, E.K., Daut, E., Hente, M., Turner, K., Waters, K., & Duffy E.A. (2021). Evidence-based recommendations for nurse monitoring of immunotherapy-induced cytokine release syndrome: A systematic review from children’s oncology group.  Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 38(6), 399-409. doi: 10.1177/10434542211040203

  • Wang, S., Owens, T., & Duffy E.A. (2022). Evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of a pediatric intensive care unit diary. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. 45(1), 88-97. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000392

  • Duffy, E.A., Leone, C., & Owens, T. (2021).  Advanced practice nurse-led initiative to use biopatch® in high-risk pediatric patients. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 32(1), 105-109.

  • Withycombe, J.S., Carlson, A., Coleman, C., Skeens, M., Tseitlin, H., & Duffy, E.A. (2021). Commonly reported adverse events associated with pediatric immunotherapy: A systematic review from the children’s oncology group. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing 38(1), 16-25.

  • Duffy, E.A., Ranney, L., Tena, N., & Herriage, T. (2021). Implementing and evaluating a standardized new diagnosis education checklist: A report from children’s oncology group. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/10434542211011059

  • Duffy, E.A., Adams, T.D., Thornton, C.P., Fisher, R.E., Misasi, J., & McCollum, S. (2020) Evidence-based recommendations for the appropriate level of sedation to manage pain in pediatric oncology patients requiring procedures: A systematic review from the children’s oncology group.  Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 37(1), 6-20.      

  • Soulia, S., Duffy, E.A., Morley, K., & Lavoie-Smith, E. (2019). Implementation of a survivorship care plan program in a community-based oncology clinic. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, 10(7), 664-676.

  • Duffy, E. A., Dias, N., Hendricks-Ferguson, V., Hellsten, M., Skeens-Borland, M., Thornton, C., & Linder, L.A. (2019). Perspectives on cancer pain assessment and management. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 35(3), 261-273.

  • Duffy, E.A. & Rabatin, M. (2018). Preventing central line-associated bloodstream infection in pediatric oncology care. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 29(2), 111-114.

  • Duffy E.A., Fitzgerald, W., Boyle, K., & Rohatgi, R. (2018). Nephrotoxicity: Evidence in patients receiving cisplatin therapy. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 22(5), 1-9.

  • Harden, K., Price, D., Duffy, E.A., Glunas, L., & Rodgers, C. (2017). Palliative care: Improving nursing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 21(5), 232-238.

  • Duffy, E.A. & Nelson, K.N. (2017). Pediatric central venous access devices: nursing interventions. Nursing Research and Reviews, 7: 51-56.

  • Duffy, E.A. (2015). Engaging clinical experts in the evidence-based practice process to improve patient outcomes in children with cancer. Children’s Oncology Group Featured Column. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing:  APHON Counts, 29(3).

  • Duffy, E.A., Rodgers, C. C., Shever, L.L, & Hockenberry, M.A. (2015). Implementing a daily maintenance care bundle to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections in pediatric oncology patients. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 32(6), 394-400.

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