Bethany Robertson

Bethany Robertson

Nurses First Adviser

Bethany has extensive experience as a transformational leader with extensive background in change management and leading large-scale projects in both healthcare and academic settings. She is currently working with 1Unit as a Nurses First Adviser.In this role, she is providing expert guidance on the development of implementation strategy, and engaging senior and executive leaders.


She received her Baccalaureate in Nursing from the University of Virginia, Master of Nursing from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Medical College of Georgia and is a Certified Nurse Midwife.  She has held many professional roles including:

  • staff nurse,
  • midwife,
  • faculty,
  • Senior Nurse Quality Scholar for the VA’s Quality Scholar Fellowship,
  • Chief Nursing Officer,
  • Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for a large integrated health system where she led the organization’s corporate university serving over 20,000 employees.

Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and is serving as the Program Director for an academic-clinical partnership collaborative for an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Her research and teaching have focused on quality and safety in healthcare, specifically the science of teamwork as a system of work design, used to mitigate error and promote performance by way of enhancing communication and coordination of healthcare professionals.