Elizabeth O’Connor Swanson is an Assistant Professor in the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Betsy maintains an active clinical practice as a CNS/FNP at the Upstate Evaluation Center, South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, where she provides primary care for adjudicated female juveniles.
Dr. Swanson earned an Associate Degree from Holyoke Community College, a BSN from Baylor University, and a Master in Nursing and Master in Public Health from Emory University. After recognizing most young people that were incarcerated suffered with at least one mental health disorder, Betsy earned a certificate as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Intervention Specialist at Arizona State University. During her studies for a Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Swanson conducted research on unrecognized grief and post-traumatic stress in incarcerated female juveniles.
Betsy’s interest in nursing ethics began very early in her career. As a new graduate, she worked in a burn unit in Dallas where ethical dilemmas were common. Dr. Swanson has an interest in ethical issues facing nurses providing care to adolescents, particularly those nurses who work in a correctional setting. She was a member of the Code of Ethics Revision Steering Committee.