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Duke University School of Nursing graduates gathered with friends, family, and members of the community at the Reynolds Theater in the Bryan Center on Saturday, December 10, 2011, for the Duke University School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony.

This year twenty-eight Master of Science in Nursing, fourteen Post-master's Certificate, and one Doctor of Nursing Practice students completed graduation requirements, joining sixty-one new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) graduates to celebrate a milestone in their professional careers.

This summer, Duke University School of Nursing student Rhiann Maiden spent four weeks immersed in the health care and culture of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. As a part of the Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Rhiann traveled to Saint Vincent to gain valuable cultural and hands-on experience that would enhance her specialization as a family practice Nurse Practitioner (NP). Before leaving, Rhiann listed several objectives for her experience.

During an era where cutbacks in funding, changes in tenure processes, and a proliferation of online courses are causing some to doubt the future of higher education, there is also a resurgence of focus on master teachers and teaching excellence.

This summer Duke undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with a faculty member from the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) on a global health and community development project in Beirut, Lebanon.

The eight-week experience in Lebanon is being offered as part of DukeEngage, a program which provides funding for Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an immersive service experience by addressing community needs either in the United States or abroad.

As part of its effort to improve the care of individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD), the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is awarding a three-year $865,365 grant to Paula Tanabe, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN, of Duke University School of Nursing. Dr. Tanabe will be conducting research to develop evidence-based best practices for emergency departments that treat adults with sickle cell disease.

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and its Institute for Educational Excellence will host the second annual Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education Conference October 21 and 22. The sub-theme for this year’s gathering is "What the Best College Teachers Do."

Dr. Ken Bain, an internationally-known education scholar and author of the award-winning book “What the Best College Teachers Do,” will deliver the keynote address.

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) has selected Emily Wade Lowery as its University Scholar for academic year 2011-2012. Lowery, who works at Duke University Hospital on the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, will begin pursuing a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree in the adult oncology nurse practitioner specialty at DUSON this fall.

The Office of Admissions and Student Services at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) will host its 2011 Duke Days on Friday, July 29; Monday, August 1; and Friday, August 5. One hundred and forty-one applicants to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree program have been invited to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, students, and alumni and tour the Center for Nursing Discovery, Duke University Medical Center, and the Duke campus.

Duke University School of Nursing will host this year’s Innovative Nursing Education Technologies (INET) conference on August 5, 2011. This event is free and open to the public

According to Mary Barzee, INET Program Coordinator, the 2011 conference has three main objectives: to explore innovative teaching strategies for on-campus and distance learning; to demonstrate new technologies and techniques that support nursing education; and to identify creative strategies for engaging learners in competency-based learning.

Scholarships will support Duke University School of Nursing in training a demographically representative pool of nursing professionals