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Duke University School of Nursing has instituted a new ceremony honoring students’ commitment to clinical excellence. The spring 2011, fall 2011 and spring 2012 cohorts from the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBN) degree program gathered with friends, family, and members of the community on March 16 for the inaugural Commitment to Excellence Ceremony.

Sally Heller Rankin, MSN’78, PhD, RN, FAAN, will receive the 2012 Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Science Award from Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) on Friday, April 20, 2012. Dr. Rankin is associate dean for international programs and global health and director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Nursing Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Harvey J. Cohen, MD, HS’65-’67, ’69-’71, has been named an Honorary Alumnus of the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) for his partnership and dedication to advancing the work of the School of Nursing. One of the world’s leading experts in geriatric oncology, Dr. Cohen is the Walter Kempner Professor of Medicine, director of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and a professor in the Duke University School of Nursing.

Mary Pauline “Polly” Johnson, MSN’80, RN, FAAN, is the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON). Johnson is president and CEO of the Foundation for Nursing Excellence, an organization committed to improving health outcomes of North Carolina residents through policies and practices that enhance the practice of nursing. She will receive the award during a ceremony on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Duke University School of Nursing has selected Judy G. Ozbolt, BSN’67, PhD, RN, FAAN, to receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award. She will receive the award during a ceremony on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the School of Nursing Auditorium.

Duke University School of Nursing has selected Gayle Bridges Harris, BSN’72, MPH, RN, to receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award. Harris is the health director of the Durham County Health Department. With nearly forty years of service in the health department, Harris is involved in many important initiatives geared at promoting health to underserved populations. She will receive the award during a ceremony on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A total of 175 students from Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University School of Medicine will convene March 21-22 at the School of Nursing to explore ways to promote optimal patient care and patient safety. 

Duke University School of Nursing is co-sponsoring the 2012 Beijing International Nursing Conference, June 7-10, 2012, in Beijing, China.

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