Duke University School of Nursing received several high rankings in the 2020 editions of U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings:
- #2 best graduate nursing school
- #2 best DNP program
- #1 best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Adult-Gerontology, Acute Care
- #1 best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care
- #1 best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Family
- #2 best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care
- #3 best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Nurse Administration
- #5 best nursing school for Informatics
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, 2017 and 2018.
Duke University School of Nursing received more than $5.2 million in annual funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2018, making it 8th among nursing schools engaged in NIH-funded research.
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 2019, the second designation was renewed.
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.