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Rankings and Accolades
Duke University School of Nursing received several high rankings in the 2019 editions of U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings:
- 2nd best graduate nursing school
- 1st best DNP program
- 1st best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Family education
- 2nd best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care education
- 3rd best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care education
- 4th best nursing school for Nursing Informatics education
- 6th best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Adult-Gerontology, Acute Care education
- 8th best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Nurse Administration
In January 2017, the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) Center for Nursing Discovery received a five-year accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and the Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs in the area of Teaching/Education. DUSON is the only nursing school in North Carolina and one of three nursing schools in the United States to have received this accreditation.
Duke University School of Nursing was recognized as a Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing in 2010, 2016 and 2017.
Duke University School of Nursing received more than $6.4 million in annual funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2016, making it 4th among nursing schools engaged in NIH-funded research. In 2012, Duke University School of Nursing faculty received an award for their National Institutes of Health P30 proposal entitled "Center for Adaptive Leadership in Symptom Science" for a five-year period, September 26, 2012, to June 30, 2017, in the amount of $2,313,409.
In 2017, Duke University School of Nursing received a third designation as a National Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing in the category Advancing the Science of Nursing Education. In 2015, Duke University School of Nursing received a second designation in the category Enhancing Student Learning and Professional Development. In 2013, Duke University School of Nursing received its first designation as a National Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing in the category Promoting Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty. This designation was renewed in 2017.
In 2008, with support from The Duke Endowment, Duke University School of Nursing launched the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (CGNE) to bring together diverse academic and practice partners to improve care outcomes of older adults by using innovative strategies skilled in geriatric education. Today it serves as the unifying structure within the School of Nursing to develop, identify and support gero-focused educational, research and practice opportunities and resources. The CGNE is one of 62 institutions of the National Hartford Center working collaboratively to promote quality nursing care to older adults.
In 2007, Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System (DUHS) Nursing partnered to establish the Duke NICHE program. NICHE, Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders, is a program of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University. Duke-NICHE is a nurse-led interdisciplinary effort to provide extraordinary clinical care for older adults throughout the DUHS and the community it serves.