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Duke University School of Nursing is primarily located in the Christine Siegler Pearson Building at 307 Trent Drive. The 107,000-square-foot facility features simulation laboratories, classrooms, and faculty and administrative offices, as well as beautiful hospitality and auditorium spaces equipped with video conferencing and lecture recording technologies. Adjacent to the primary facility for the School is the Elizabeth C. Clipp Research Building. Named in memory of Elizabeth C. Clipp who was associate dean for research affairs from 2005 to 2007, it includes additional offices, as well as laboratory and classroom space. From 1972 until 2006 this building served as the School's main facility.
Optimizing the Student Experience
The first floor of the Pearson Building is dedicated to optimizing the student experience at Duke School of Nursing. It features group study rooms, an enclosed study and reading room for those seeking a quiet environment and an open lounge for collaborative study. Additionally, there are computer kiosks where students can check email and send materials to printers nearby or in the Center for Nursing Discovery on the second floor. Both the IT and financial aid offices are on the first floor in convenient and easy to find locations.
The hallmark of the first floor is the fully functioning Duke stone fireplace located in the expansive Atrium. Built using the iconic stone quarried from nearby Hillsborough, the fireplace is surrounded by comfortable plush chairs and has quickly become one of the most popular gathering places in the School. At the other end of the Atrium sits a Steinway baby grand piano, gifted to the School by the Mary Trent Semans family.
Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders in Health Care
The second floor is home to the Center for Nursing Discovery where student nurses hone their skills in the delivery of health care. It includes an obstetrics lab for child birth exercises, three complete replicas of a real-life operating room and a task training room that students can access 24 hours a day to practice techniques such as IV or catheter insertion. The third floor houses audio and video recording studios as well as AV technology monitoring systems that allow multimedia technicians to monitor and troubleshoot classroom technology issues.
Meeting the Needs of a Growing School
In less than a decade, the School more than doubled the size of its faculty and student body and added the PhD in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs to its roster of academic degree programs. In recognition of this period of growth and progress, the School’s main facility received an official name and an additional wing. In 2011 the School of Nursing facility was named the Christine Siegler Pearson Building in honor of the philanthropic commitment of J. Michael Pearson and Christine Siegler Pearson, BSN’84, who donated $15 million to the School. In 2014 a north wing opened to provide an additional 45,000 square feet for student spaces and faculty and staff offices.
Leading in Environmental Sustainability
The Christine Siegler Pearson Building is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver facility. Designated by the United States Green Building Council, it is the fourth building at Duke to earn this certification. The building's green elements fall under the following LEED categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design.