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The Duke Experience

Duke University School of Nursing blends the best of Duke University and Duke Medicine to provide opportunities and experiences—in learning, in professional contacts, and in the social sphere—that are uniquely Duke.

Innovation in Nursing

At Duke University School of Nursing, innovation is viewed in the broadest possible sense of the word—as the realization of new programs and projects that solve problems and serve social needs. DUSON champions innovation and entrepreneurship in nursing practice, research, and education.

Center of Nursing Collaboration, Entrepreneurship & Technology (CONCEPT)
Institute for Educational Excellence (IEE)
Center for Nursing Discovery (CND)
Adaptive Leadership for Cognitive Affective Symptom Science (ADAPT) Center

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.

Transformative Nursing

At the Duke University School of Nursing, preparing for the nursing profession involves the active transformation of knowledge into practice.

Academic Programs. As our students and faculty engage in collaborative learning, personal pathways open to expanded opportunities in the field of nursing. The curricula for Duke’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and PhD in Nursing degree programs are based on the conviction that knowledge is meant to be used in service to our communities and the world. Post-doctoral and certificate programs facilitate on-going education and research within the field of nursing. We have been ranked second in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report for its 2019 Best Nursing Schools rankings.

Center for Nursing Discovery. In the Center for Nursing Discovery (CND), DUSON students use high-fidelity adult and pediatric mannequins in a simulated clinical setting to learn crucial patient-care skills. The CND harnesses the latest advances in technology to take nursing instruction beyond the classroom so that learners can ultimately become clinical leaders in providing excellent patient care.

Research. Duke University School of Nursing faculty members and students are actively involved in research that translates evidence into practical knowledge that the broader nursing profession can use in response to current and future health-care challenges.