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Beth Rodgers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

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1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3001C
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 828-3986
Email: brodgers2@vcu.edu


I teach primarily in the Ph.D. program in the areas of knowledge development, theory construction, and research methods.  I have provided guest lectures on sleep disorders to nurse practitioner and medical students.  


My research spans more than 30 years of work with adults including extensive qualitative research and mixed methods intervention studies.  My most recent work has been with adults with obstructive sleep apnea with regard to self-management and patient activation. I also have done extensive scholarly work on the nature of concepts and the resolution of conceptual problems in the advancement of science and the development of the conceptual and theoretical base of nursing as a discipline.


I am an active manuscript, grant, and abstract reviewer for multiple nursing publications and organizations. I have served as a research mentor through the Midwest Nursing Research Society and the Western Institute for Nursing. I am a member of the Southern Nursing Research Society and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


  • BS – Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • MSN – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • PhD – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • DuPont Fellowship
  • UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing Outstanding Research Achievement Award
  • Margo Vukovich Nurse Educator Award, Milwaukee District Nurses Association
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Eta Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Leadership Excellence - Nurse Educator Award, Virginia Nurses Foundation


  • Curry-Lourenco, K. (PI) and Rodgers, B. (Co-I). Exploring the relationship between situation awareness and clinical decision-making using point of view glasses in the simulation environment. Quarterly Intramural Scholarly Project Grant, VCU School of Nursing, 3/14/19, $1499, in progress.
  • Liesveld, J. (P.I.) and Rodgers, B. L. (Co-I).  Are there Outcome Differences between NMNEC ADN, BSN, and ADN/BSN Coenrolled Students: Testing an Educational Model for Academic Progression in Nursing. Funded by National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Center for Regulatory Excellence, April 1, 2017 –March 31, 2019, $192,481, direct.
  • Rodgers, B.L. Increasing patient engagement in the management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Funded by DeVilbiss Healthcare, January, 2013 – December, 2014, $26,000 direct.
  • Rodgers, B.L. Experiences of persons living with obstructive sleep apnea.  NIH funded, P20, Self Management Science Center, 2008-2011, $197,464.



  • Giddens, J., Caputi, L., & Rodgers, B. (2014). Mastering concept based teaching: A guide for faculty. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  • Rodgers, B.L. (2005).  Developing nursing knowledge: Philosophical traditions and influences. Philadelphia:  Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.
  • Rodgers, B.L., & Knafl, K.A.  (Eds.).  (2000).  Concept development in nursing:  Foundations, techniques, and applications (2nd ed.).  Philadelphia:  W. B. Saunders.

Book Chapters (Recent): 

  • Jeffries, P., & Rodgers, B.L. The NLN Jeffries Simulation theory. In Jeffries, PR (Ed.)., Clinical simulations in nursing education: From conceptualization to evaluation (3 rd ed.). Washington, DC: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Rodgers, B.L. (2018).  Qualitative approaches for practice scholarship.  In M. Mateo & M. Foreman (Eds.),  Research for advanced practice nurses: From evidence to practice (3rd ed) (pp. 143-163)New York: Springer.
  • Rodgers, B.L.  (2017). The evolution of nursing science. In J. Butts and K. Rich (Eds.), Philosophies and theories in advanced practice nursing (3rd ed) (pp. 19-50)Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Rodgers, B. L. (2017). Sleep. In J. F. Giddens (Ed.), Concepts for Nursing Practice (pp. 94-103). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Peer Reviewed (Selected): 

  • Wilson, C.M., McGuire, D.B., Rodgers, B.L., Elswick, R.K., Temkin, S.M. (in review). Body image, sexuality, and sexual functioning in women with cervical and uterine cancer: An integrative review of the literature and implications for research.
  • Bremer, E., Jallo, N., Rodgers, B., Kinser, P., & Dautovich, N. (2019). Anxiety in menopause: A uniquely different syndrome? Journal for Nurse Practitioners,15, 374-378. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2019.01.018
  • Rodgers, B.L., Jacelon, C.S., and Knafl, K.A. (2018). Concept analysis and the advance of nursing knowledge: State of the science. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 
  • Caldeira, S., Pinto, S., & Rodgers, B. (2017).  Evolutionary analysis of the concept of comfort. Holistic Nursing Practice, 31, 243-252. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000217
  • Cabaço, S., Caldeira, S., Vieira, M., & Rodgers, B.  (2017).  Spiritual coping: a focus of new nursing diagnoses. International Journal of Nursing Knowledge.  https://doi.org/10.1111/2047-3095.12171
  • Jeffries, PR, Rodgers, B, & Adamson, K. (2015). NLN Jeffries simulation theory: brief narrative description.  Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(5), 292-293.
  • Fenkl, E., & Rodgers, B. L. (2014). Optimistically engaging in the present: Experiences of gay men aging in the US. Sage Open, 4(3).  doi: 10.1177/2158244014545463.
  • Rodgers, B. (2013). Breaking through Limbo: Experiences of adults living with obstructive sleep apnea. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 11,1-15, doi:10.1080/15402002.2013.778203.
  • Wollenhaupt, J., Rodgers, B.L., Sawin, K. (2012). Family management of a chronic condition: Perspectives of adolescents. Journal of Family Nursing, (18)1, 65-90. doi: 10.1177/1074840711427545
  • Rodgers, B.L., & Yen, W-J.  (2002).    Rethinking nursing science through the understanding of Buddhism.   Nursing Philosophy3, 213-221.   
  • Cowles, K.V., Strickland, D., & Rodgers, B.L.  (2001).  Collaboration for teaching innovation:  Writing across the curriculum in a school of nursing.  Journal of Nursing Education, 40, 363-367.
  • Devine, E.C., Bevsek, S., Brubakken, K., Johnson, B.P., Rodgers, B.L., Ryan, & P., Sliefert, M.  (1999). Adoption and outcomes of the AHCPR clinical practice guideline on surgical pain management. Research in Nursing and Health, 22, 119-130.
  • Rodgers, B.L.  (1998).  Teaching Computer-aided qualitative data analysis through demonstrations and workshops.  Health Informatics, 4, 63-71. 
  • Rodgers, B.L.  (1997).  Experiences of family members in the nursing home placement of an older adult.   Clinical Nursing Research, 10, 57-63.
  • Rodgers, B.L., & Cowles, K.V.  (1997).  A conceptual foundation for human suffering in nursing practice and research.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 25, 1048-1053.
  • Rodgers, B.L., & Cowles, K.V.  (1994).  Experiences of significant others of persons with AIDS.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 2, 101-119.
  • Rodgers, B.L., & Cowles, K.V.  (1993).  The qualitative research audit trail:  A complex collection of documentation.  Research in Nursing and Health, 16, 219-226.
  • Rodgers, B.L.  (1991).  Using concept analysis to enhance clinical practice and research.  Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 10(1), 28-34.  (Selected "Best innovative research article" for 1991 volume of DCCN by the Editorial Board)
  • Rodgers, B. L., & Cowles, K.V.  (1991).  The concept of grief: An analysis of classical and contemporary thought.  Death Studies, 15, 443-458.
  • Rodgers, B.L. (1991).  Deconstructing the dogma in nursing knowledge and practice.  Image:  The journal of nursing scholarship, 23, 177-181.
  • Rodgers, B.L.  (1989).  Exploring health policy as a concept.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 11, 694‑702.
  • Rodgers, B.L.  (1989).  Concepts, analysis, and the development of nursing knowledge:  The evolutionary cycle.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 14, 330‑335.
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