Elizabeth A. Duffy, DNP, RN, CPNP

Elizabeth Duffy

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 4134 SNB

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 assistant professor. 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 in children with cancer through multidisciplinary quality improvement projects. One area of interest is the prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) 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.


Dr. Duffy teaches in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. She is co-faculty of record for N354 Infant, Child, and Adolescent Health and Illness and provides clinical instruction for senior nursing students in pediatric hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant. She also is involved in the honors program, incorporating students in her quality improvement work in pediatric acute care at Michigan Medicine.  At the graduate level, she is clinical faculty for pediatric primary and acute care nursing students in advanced health assessment.  In addition, Dr. Duffy is clinical faculty for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students during their residency year focusing upon project implementation and evaluation.

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

  • Nursing Discipline Merit Award, Children’s Oncology Group, 2016
  • Interprofessional Education Leadership Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2018-2019
  • Evidence-based Practice Fellowship, Children’s Oncology Group, 2018-2019
  • Best Clinical Innovation Award: Michigan Medicine Nursing Poster Day, 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

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Stevens, K.E, & Duffy, E.A. (2017). A toolkit for nursing clinical instructors.  Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 12(1). 

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

  • 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. & 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.

  • 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., Adams, T.D., Thornton, C.P., Fisher, R.E., Misasi, J., & McCollum, S.(in Press) 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.

  • Duffy, E.A. Health Promotion of the Toddler and Family (2018). In Hockenberry, M., Rodgers, CC., & Wilson, D.(Eds). Nursing Care of Infants and Children (11th Edition) St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby

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