Mission & Values

diverse community of scholars and clinicians, Duke University School of Nursing is educating the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing. We advance nursing science in issues of global importance and foster the scholarly practice of nursing. We have been ranked second in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report for its 2023 Best Nursing Schools rankings. The School offers master's, PhD and doctor of nursing practice degrees as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college.


The mission of the Duke University School of Nursing is to create a center of excellence for the advancement of nursing science, the promotion of clinical scholarship and the education of clinical leaders, advanced practitioners and researchers. Through nursing research, education and practice, students and faculty seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels and geographic locations.

Vision Statement

Together transforming the future of nursing, to advance health with individuals, families and communities.

Core Values
2021-2026 Strategic Plan

The strategic planning process kicked off in January 2022 and is off to a strong start. The school completed a series of Arts of the Possible workshops and interviews, and will be launching a survey in in March 2022 and embarking on a series of community listening sessions. The five-year strategic plan will be released in Summer 2022 and will build upon eight key areas including:

  • Invest in people and environment

  • Innovate, evaluate, and lead nursing education;

  • Advance and redefine nursing science;

  • Develop, evaluate, and disseminate nurse-driven models of health care;

  • Expand, align, and evaluate local and global partnership

  • Increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within the school and broader profession;

  • Strengthen nurse leadership and impact; and

  • Diversify and strengthen revenue streams.


Statement of Diversity and Inclusion


Our Stand Against Racism
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