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Nursing in a Global Context

It takes a global perspective to tackle the challenge of reducing health-care disparities in the world. At Duke University School of Nursing, we believe that changing the world starts with changing ourselves. This means taking a fresh approach to:

  • Learning. Context matters—and that’s why cultural competency is an integral part of what we teach and learn here at DUSON. That’s also why a growing number of DUSON students choose to participate in cultural immersion experiences in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
  • Research. DUSON’s nurse scientists conduct in-depth and cross-disciplinary research, searching for practical solutions to health-care issues ranging from the care of sickle cell disease patients to best practices for helping patients waiting for a liver transplant cope with the uncertainties of the process.
  • Service. Nursing is more than a job. It is a profession that provides the opportunity to serve the health care needs of individuals, communities, and humankind. Nursing takes commitment, the ability to lead, and the willingness to collaborate. Developing these traits and skills and putting them to use is an integral part of the curricula of the ABSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degree programs at DUSON.

DUSON’s Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI) addresses health disparities locally and around the world. In addition, OGACHI seeks to increase diversity in nursing through special programs, often conducted in partnership with other institutions.