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Beth Desaretz Chiatti


Associate Clinical Professor; Director, RN-BSN Completion Program

Undergraduate Nursing

Beth Chiatti, PhD, associate professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, has experience in a broad range of settings in the healthcare industry, having worked as an educator, a nurse case manager, a medical-legal consultant, a genetic counselor, a school nurse and a registered nurse in women’s and gender-based health, maternal-child and pediatric settings. She is a certified transcultural nurse and a certified school nurse.

Chiatti was awarded a PhD from Widener University where her dissertation was Culture Care Beliefs and Practices of an Ethiopian Immigrant Community: An Ethnonursing Study. She was awarded an MSN from Immaculata University where her culminating project was Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Guidelines for Homeless Service Agencies and Shelters. Her school nurse certification project, Policy and Procedure for Early Intervention to Kindergarten Transition, is currently being used by administrators and educators in the School District of Philadelphia.

Chiatti teaches Nursing Research, Reproductive Health and Genetics in the BSN Co-op and ACE programs, and is the course chair for Research Basis of Nursing. She teaches and is the course chair for Genetics and Genomics in the RN-BSN Completion Program. She has received Dragon Awards for outstanding teaching evaluations.

Chiatti is on the board of trustees of the Transcultural Nursing Society, where she also serves as secretary. She is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Sage Publications. She also serves as the secretary for Nu Eta Chapter at Drexel of Sigma and is a Sigma Mentor in the global leadership mentoring community for nurse faculty and nurse administrators in Karachi, Pakistan and Queensland, Australia.

Professional Society

American Anthropological Association
American Nurses Association
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Transcultural Nursing Society

Selected Publications

Chiatti, B. D., (2020). Culture and Diversity. In R. F. Craven, C. J. Hirnle, & C. M. Henshaw (Eds.), Fundamentals of nursing: Concepts and competencies for practice (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

Chiatti, B. D. (2019). Ethiopians.In Cultural Perspectives Content Set. Lippincott Advisor Nursing Online Reference Database. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Bloch, J. R., McKeever, A. E., Zupan, S., Birati, Y., Chiatti, B., Devido, J. A., Maldonado, L. T., Geller, P. A., & Barkin, J. L. (2019). A practice-based research database to study perinatal nurse home visiting to pregnant women with diabetes. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 16, 60-69. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12340

Chiatti, B. D. (2019). Culture care beliefs and practices of Ethiopian immigrants. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 30, 340-349. doi: 10.1177/1043659618817589

Aiello, L. B., & Chiatti, B. D. (2017). Primer in genetics and genomics, Article 4 – Inheritance patterns. Biological Research for Nursing, 19, 465-472. doi: 10.1177/1099800417708616

Grant participation:

Edith Anderson Leadership Education Grant, Sigma Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

Research Interests

Chiatti's research interests include anthropology, transcultural nursing, immigrant health, culturally competent healthcare, human rights and global health. She has published articles and given numerous presentations on culturally competent healthcare, anthropology and health, genetics and genomics and women’s and gender-based health.


Chiatti, a Certified Transcultural Nurse and a Certified School Nurse, has extensive experience in the health care industry, having worked as a registered nurse in maternal-child and pediatric settings, school health, nurse case manager, medical-legal consultant, genetic counselor, and educator at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has taught courses in Critical Issues Shaping Professional Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Women’s Health, Genetics, Leadership, School Health, World Health Issues, Anthropology and Health, Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations, Epidemiology and Public Health, and Nursing Education.

Widener University, Chester, PA
PhD, Nursing
Dissertation: Culture Care Beliefs and Practices of an Ethiopian Immigrant Community: An Ethnonursing Study

Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA
MS, Nursing, Nursing Education Track
Culminating Project: Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Guidelines for Homeless Service Agencies and Shelters,
Montgomery County (PA) Health Department

Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA
School Nurse Certification
Graduated on Dean’s List
Project: Policy and Procedure for Early Intervention to Kindergarten Transition, Office of Specialized Services,
School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Eastern University, St. Davids, PA
BS, Nursing
Graduated with Honors; Valedictorian
Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
The Wharton School, The Wharton Management Program

The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
BA, Anthropology

Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
Registered Nurse Diploma