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More Training Opportunities, More APRNs, More Help for Healthcare System Reforms

Friday, August 3, 2012

Transforming the preparation of clinicians to meet the rapidly changing needs of individuals and families with complex health problems

Transformation of the nursing profession is key to meeting the workforce demands to support healthcare system reforms. Increasing clinical training opportunities for advanced practice nurses (APRNs) is a crucial step toward this transformation. Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), in collaboration with Duke University Hospital and Health System and important community partners, is one of five participants nationwide that will increase the number of APRNs in the workforce through the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration, a four-year, $200 million national project being funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to dramatically increase the number of APRNs delivering primary care.

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 800 individuals enrolled for Spring 2012 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.