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William Michael Scott, MSN, FNP-BC, clinics director and clinical associate at the Duke University School of Nursing, has accepted an interim appointment as treasurer on the board of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). He completed a one-year term as vice chair of the CCNE board on December 31, 2010.

More than 700 individuals are enrolled as students for spring semester at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), a record number in the School’s 80-year history.

To celebrate National Nurse Anesthetists Week, Jan. 23-29, 2011, and the tenth anniversary of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Duke University School of Nursing, faculty and students enrolled in the program are visiting local schools and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity of Durham.

The federally-funded Making a Difference in Nursing II (MADIN II) Program hosted a visit from its consultants January 19-21, 2011. MADIN II is a HRSA Workforce Diversity grant with the goal of increasing the participation of high achieving/high potential underrepresented minorities (URMs) in nursing education at Duke University School of Nursing. The ultimate outcome of the project is to produce nursing leaders from URMs in nursing prepared at the PhD or DNP levels.

Bei Wu, PhD, joined the faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in January 2011. In addition to her position at DUSON, Dr. Wu holds faculty membership in the Center for the Study of Aging and in the Duke Global Health Institute. She also holds adjunct professor/senior fellow positions at three academic institutions in China. Dr. Wu’s areas of research expertise include gerontology and global health.

Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) at the ACCM Convocation/Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Awards Presentation on Monday, January 17, 2011, in San Diego, California. As part of the SCCM, the College helps foster the Society's mission by recognizing the highest achievements in multiprofessional critical care.

On December 10, 2010, the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, inducted 97 students from the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at the Duke University School of Nursing.

DUSON has been awarded a 2010 “Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing” award by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN). The award recognizes DUSON’s significant efforts in  recruiting and retaining men in nursing, providing men a supportive educational environment, and educating faculty, students, and the community about the contributions men have made and continue to make to the nursing profession.

Sunday, May 16, 2010 was graduation day at Duke University and the School of Nursing graduated nearly 300 students with Bachelor, Masters, Post Masters, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. Several things struck me as I sat through the ceremony and listened to the speakers, descriptions of the various accomplishments and awards presented to students.