Brittany Baker, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

North Carolina Central University

Brittany Baker, DNP, APRN, FNP-C is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Nursing at North Carolina Central University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowie State University, master’s in nursing from Duke University and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Baker practiced as a medical-surgical nurse for four years at Duke University Medical Center and has provided outpatient primary care as a nurse practitioner for the last 8 years. Though she is now a full-time educator, Dr. Baker continues to practice part-time at an employer-based primary care clinic, where she also educates graduate FNP students in the clinical setting. After answering her calling for higher education in 2016, she went on to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from East Carolina University. Her doctoral quality improvement project was titled “Enhancing Provider Education to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates in Adolescents”. Dr. Baker’s passion for health promotion has translated into her academic focus as a Community Health Nursing instructor. She strives to educate her students on the importance of health promoting behaviors, with an emphasis on client-centered care planning, as well as exercising “self-care” to promote positive patient outcomes. Because of her interest in immunizations and health promotion, Dr. Baker recently received funding through NCCU and NCHHS CARES, to conduct research on the “Barriers and Acceptability to COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and vaccination among African Americans”.  

Dr. Baker currently lives in Cary, NC with her husband of 6 years, Terrence, and her three-year old daughter. As a coordinator in the undergraduate BSN program at NC Central University, she hopes to leverage the invaluable experience of participating in the UNC “Invest in Nursing” nursing faculty fellowship program, to maximize the quality of her nursing instruction and leadership in both the classroom and clinical setting.